Cleveland State Community College has formed a presidential search committee with members hailing from the school and immediate public as recommended by the Tennessee Board of Regents.
The committee is charged with finding a replacement for Dr. Carl Hite who has served as president for 17 years. Earlier this summer, Hite announced his intention to retire at the end of the 2013 year.
Explained Hite soon after his decision, “It is time to do something else. I’ve been in higher education for close to 40 years. I love working with people, but maybe in terms of management, it’s time for someone younger with more energy.”
Communications Director Monica Greppin of TBR said presidential searches usually take about six months to complete.
“We do expect to have somebody’s name by the beginning of next semester,” Greppin said. “That is the goal, but we will go through the process and hopefully find a suitable candidate.”
The Board of Regents must approve the presidential search criteria set forth by the college, which lists the qualifications for the job. One board member is then appointed as the chairperson for the search committee. According to TBR’s website, an additional five board members may sit on the committee.
Ads are placed in the same three publications for every presidential search: the Chronicle of Higher Education, Diverse Issues in Higher Education and HigherEdJobs.com. Educators from across the nation are permitted and encouraged to send in their applications. The ads for Cleveland State’s search were placed in August.
TBR Chancellor John Morgan and the board member appointed to the search committee then made nominations recommended for the committee with input from CSCC.
The composition of the committee includes, but is not limited to:
- Two faculty members, one of whom is chairman of the Faculty Assembly;
- Two students, one of whom is president of the Student Government Association;
- one alumnus;
- one support employee;
- one administrator;
- one representative from the institution’s business community;
- one member from the community at large; and
- other representatives as appropriate.
The chosen committee was scheduled to meet today in order to determine the rest of the search process and schedule. A public meeting was held to address these immediate decisions. The search committee then planned to conduct a private meeting in order to speak freely concerning the applicants.
According to TBR’s website, “As a result of recent changes in the law, candidates may choose to keep their applications and related materials confidential unless or until they are selected as finalist for the president’s position.”
Greppin said at least three finalists must be chosen. Some searches have found five or six finalists. These candidates will come to Cleveland State for a daylong visit to, “meet with faculty, staff, students and community.”
The public is encouraged to attend the first meeting and the last where finalists present their case during their day visits.
“Cleveland State is a public institution,” Greppin explained. “It is important the public and the faculty and staff at the institution see this processs is being handled in an open way and that they have a role to play in the search process.”
Added Greppin, “The search process was deliberately designed to be an inclusive one. [The search involves] as many groups of individuals as possible.”
The search committee serves in an advisory capacity to Morgan. Members of the committee give their impressions of the applicants following the day visits. Additional views from the faculty, staff, student body and community are also accepted.
Morgan will discuss the matter with the members before making a decision on the candidate. He will discuss the possibility with the candidate before submitting his suggestion to the Board of Regents for approval.
Additional information will be provided as the process continues.