The committee searching for the next University of Connecticut president hopes to start narrowing the field this week.
During a UConn Board of Trustees meeting last week, board Chair Lawrence McHugh said UConn has received more than 100 applications and nominations.
He said the applicants and nominees are “promising candidates” and he expected the trustees to begin reviewing candidates when it met yesterday (N0v. 15).
Former UConn President Michael Hogan left the post this summer to take the president’s job at the University of Illinois.
The university had a pool of about 500 candidates when trustees selected Hogan as the 14th UConn president in August 2007.
Former UConn President Philip Austin, who held the position from October 1996 to August 2007, was appointed by trustees in June to serve as interim president.
McHugh announced a 39-member committee in July, comprised of trustees, faculty members, student leaders, staff, administrators, alumni and state and local officials, as well as representatives from the private sector, to help search for the next president.
The search committee agreed in September to hire Witt-Kieffer, one of the largest executive search firms in the nation, to help with the search.
McHugh said Tuesday the search committee is working well with Witt-Kiefer and he hopes to begin interviewing candidates next month.
He also said the candidates can be generally divided into three categories: current presidents and provosts of top research universities, presidents and deans of smaller institutions and those who are not currently working in the academic field.
“The most important things we’re going to be looking for are leadership, the ability to relate to our stakeholders, and a strong academic background,” said McHugh.
“We’re going to select a president who can maintain the excellence that UConn has achieved and will keep us on that path going forward.”
Posted Nov. 16, 2010