Instiutional Executive Officer Search
201.0509 INSTITUTIONAL EXECUTIVE OFFICER/COMMISSIONER OF HIGHER EDUCATION SEARCH PROCESS
  1. General Policy
    The Board shall appoint the Commissioner and the Institutional Executive Officers (IEOs). The Board shall make interim appointments to executive officer and/or commissioner positions as necessary and with such consultation as the Board considers appropriate.

    (BT Minutes, 4/2000; 11/2005; 12/2005; 1/2006; 3/2011; 5/2011; 4/2012)

  2. Board Search Committee
    The President of the Board shall appoint a committee of Board members to manage the search for a Commissioner or an IEO. However, any Board member who wants to serve on the committee may serve. The President of the Board, with the consent of the Board, shall appoint a member of the committee as chairperson.

    Rather than engaging in the extended search process described below within the next paragraph and those that follow, the Board may, in its discretion, interview candidates that are known to the Board and consider their selection in accordance with the expedited process described in this paragraph. Such candidates may be internal candidates from the subject university or from one of the other state universities, or such other candidates that the Board believes should be considered. The Board may conduct such interviews of internal candidates or other candidates at an early point in the process so as not to discourage the application of additional candidates that may choose to apply if an internal candidate is not selected by way of an expedited process. In any event, an expedited process, if followed, should be utilized prior to the hiring of a search consultant. Following interviews of any such internal or other candidates, the Board, as it deems appropriate, may proceed with utilizing any portions of the extended search process set out below. A Board vote to select a preferred candidate interviewed in accordance with this expedited process shall require the affirmative vote of at least nine Board members. If candidates are interviewed in accordance with this expedited process and no candidate is designated as a preferred candidate, the Board has the power to engage in other expedited processes or to conduct a search in accordance with the extended process described below.

    The Commissioner, in consultation with the Board Search Committee, will make a recommendation to the Board with regard to a search consultant to assist with the search for an IEO. The Board may interview and will select the search consultant, if the Board determines that one is needed. The Board Search Committee may select a search consultant to assist with the search for a new Commissioner. As part of the initiation of the IEO search process, the Commissioner and Board Search Committee may consider the input of constituents regarding desired characteristics of a new IEO. The Board may also consider input from constituents regarding the desired characteristics of a new Commissioner.

    (BT Minutes, 4/2000; 11/2005; 12/2005; 1/2006; 1/2008; 3/2011; 5/2011; 4/2012; 6/2013)

  3. Advertisement Schedule
    If a search consultant is used, the search consultant shall develop the position advertisement and a general schedule for the search in consultation with the Commissioner and with the approval of the Board Search Committee.

    (BT Minutes, 4/2000; 11/2005; 12/2005; 1/2006; 1/2008; 3/2011; 5/2011; 4/2012)

  4. Campus Search Advisory Committee
    In a search for an IEO, the Commissioner shall prepare a list of the proposed membership of a Campus Search Advisory Committee, as well as a chair, or co-chairs, of such committee. The Campus Search Advisory Committee shall be representative of the various constituent groups of the university, including administrators, faculty, staff, students, alumni, foundation representatives, and members of the community. The Commissioner, in coordination with the Chair of the Board Search Committee, shall take appropriate steps to receive written assurances from all of those proposed to serve on the Campus Search Advisory Committee that they have not formed any opinion as to the identity of the particular person that should be selected as the IEO, that they have no personal, professional or other relationship with any person that they understand may be a candidate that would impair their objectivity in fairly considering all candidates, that they will endeavor to remain open to considering all persons that apply in a fair and unbiased manner, and that they will not agree with any person to advocate or campaign for the selection of any particular candidate. The Commissioner shall then inform Board members of the proposed membership and chair (or co-chairs) of that committee. After the Board has been provided with the Commissioner's recommendations for the membership and chair (or cochairs) of the Campus Search Advisory Committee, if any Board member expresses a desire to the Commissioner to call a full Board meeting to discuss further the proposed membership and chair (or co-chairs) of that committee, a Board teleconference meeting shall be properly noticed and called. If no Board member requests such a Board meeting within forty-eight hours of being notified/consulted regarding the Commissioner's recommendations, the Commissioner may proceed with appointing the membership and chair (or co-chairs) of the Campus Search Advisory Committee. In a search for a Commissioner, the Board may seek advice from appropriate individuals or groups, including any search consultant hired by the Board.

    (BT Minutes, 4/2000; 11/2005; 12/2005; 1/2006; 1/2008; 3/2011; 5/2011; 4/2012; 6/2013)

  5. Recruitment
    Recruitment of candidates may occur up to the point of selection, but candidates will be advised to submit their materials by a specified date to insure optimum consideration for the position. At any point in the search process the Board may add additional candidates to the pool being considered without starting the entire process over. The decision regarding whether to have any such additional candidates reviewed by the Campus Search Advisory Committee is in the discretion of the Board. Additional interviews may be conducted as desired by the Board.

    (BT Minutes, 4/2000; 11/2005; 12/2005; 1/2006; 1/2008; 3/2011; 5/2011; 4/2012)

  6. Candidate Screening
    The Campus Search Advisory Committee members shall vote individually by secret ballot for a minimum of five candidates that he/she recommends as a good candidate for the position. The search consultant, if one is used, is to then accumulate the secret ballots and count them. If no consultant is used, the Commissioner shall accumulate the ballots and count them. The results of the vote count, indicating the number of favorable votes received by each candidate, are to then be reported to the Board Search Committee members. The Board Search Committee shall then meet and discuss which candidates to interview. Any other Board members may attend this meeting. All Board members will then be informed of those candidates that the Board Search Committee would like to interview. If any Board member expresses a desire to the Commissioner to call a full Board meeting to discuss further the candidates to be interviewed, a Board teleconference meeting shall be properly noticed and called. If no Board member requests such a Board meeting within forty-eight hours of being notified of the candidates to be interviewed, the Board Search Committee shall proceed with planning first round candidate interviews. The search consultant shall then be informed of the candidates to be interviewed. The consultant shall next be informed that he/she may advise the non-selected candidates that they will not be interviewed as part of the initial process, if such notification is deemed prudent by the Board and the search consultant at that point in time. The consultant should, if directed by the Board, remind those candidates that were not invited back for initial interviews that the Board can always add more names to be considered at a later date. The Campus Search Advisory Committee may then be told who will be initially interviewed by the Board Search Committee.

    (BT Minutes, 4/2000; 11/2005; 12/2005; 1/2006; 1/2008; 3/2011; 5/2011; 4/2012)

  7. Interview Search Advisory Committee
    Each member of the Campus Search Advisory Committee shall be requested to provide nominations from the membership of that committee to serve on the Interview Search Advisory Committee. Using that information and such information as may be deemed helpful to insure a balanced Interview Search Advisory Committee, the Commissioner and the Chair of the Board Search Committee shall then prepare a list of the proposed membership of an Interview Search Advisory Committee from the membership of the Campus Search Advisory Committee. The Interview Search Advisory Committee shall be comprised of administrators, faculty, students, staff, and outside representatives. These representatives shall be diverse in race and gender. The Commissioner shall then inform Board members of the proposed membership of that committee. After the Board has been provided with the recommendations from the Commissioner and the Chair of the Board Search Committee for the membership of the Interview Search Advisory Committee, if any Board member expresses a desire to the Commissioner to call a full Board meeting to discuss further the proposed membership of that committee, a Board teleconference meeting shall be properly noticed and called. If no Board member requests such a Board meeting within forty-eight hours of being notified/consulted regarding the recommendations, the Commissioner may proceed with appointing the membership of the Interview Search Advisory Committee. The Interview Search Advisory Committee may participate with the Board of Trustees in the remainder of the search process, except when the Board of Trustees excuses the Interview Search Advisory Committee from executive session.

    (BT Minutes, 1/2008; 3/2011; 5/2011; 4/2012; 6/2013)

  8. First Interviews
    The Board Search Committee and the Commissioner, with input from the Interview Search Advisory Committee, will conduct the first round of interviews. All Board members will be invited to attend. The consultant, if one is used, or the Commissioner if no consultant is used, will conduct a background check on those candidates participating in the first round of interviews.

    (BT Minutes, 1/2008; 3/2011; 5/2011; 4/2012)

  9. Reference Contacts
    Under the direction of the Commissioner and/or the consultant, reference contacts will be made on each candidate who is participating in the second round of interviews.

    (BT Minutes, 1/2008; 3/2011; 5/2011; 4/2012)

  10. Second Interviews
    Before the second round of interviews, the results of the reference contacts and background checks shall be made known to the Board and the Interview Search Advisory Committee. The Board Search Committee shall then meet to discuss who and how many to interview during the second round of interviews. Any other Board members may attend this meeting. All Board members will then be informed of those candidates that the Board Search Committee would like to interview for second round interviews. If any Board member expresses a desire to the Commissioner to call a full Board meeting to discuss further the candidates to be interviewed for a second interview, a Board teleconference meeting shall be properly noticed and called. If no Board member requests such a Board meeting within forty-eight hours of being notified of the candidates to be further interviewed, the Board Search Committee shall proceed with planning the second round interviews by the full Board. The Board may conduct as many additional interviews as it deems necessary in conducting the search process.

    (BT Minutes, 1/2008; 3/2011; 5/2011; 4/2012)

  11. Preferred Candidate
    After all of the above has been completed, the Board of Trustees will meet to hear from the Board Search Committee regarding an assessment of each candidate. The Commissioner's assessment will be sought. The Board of Trustees will then select and announce their Preferred Candidate.

    (BT Minutes, 1/2008; 3/2011; 5/2011; 4/2012)

  12. Campus Interview
    The Preferred Candidate will be scheduled for a full day on-campus for interviews with a wide array of constituents. Each group will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the Preferred Candidate to the Board of Trustees.

    (BT Minutes, 1/2008; 3/2011; 5/2011; 4/2012)

  13. Decision
    The Board of Trustees will meet after the last on-campus interview session to review the feedback and conduct further discussion. The Board of Trustees will then vote to name the Preferred Candidate as the institution's new Institutional Executive Officer or vote to continue the search.

    (BT Minutes, 1/2008; 3/2011; 5/2011; 4/2012)

In a search for a Commissioner, the Board Search Committee may request appropriate individuals or groups to submit unranked recommendations of candidates to be considered for initial interviews. The Board Search Committee shall schedule initial interviews and all members of the Board will be invited to attend the initial interviews and participate in the selection of candidates for final interviews. The Board Search Committee may also invite additional individuals to attend and observe the initial interviews conducted by such committee to fill the position of Commissioner. The Board Search Committee will next develop an interview schedule for the candidates selected for final interviews for the position of Commissioner. The Board shall then meet and conduct final interviews and select the Commissioner.

(BT Minutes, 4/2000; 11/2005; 12/2005; 1/2006; 1/2008; 3/2011; 5/2011; 4/2012)

201.0510 APPLICATION BY INTERIM INSTITUTIONAL EXECUTIVE OFFICER FOR INSTITUTIONAL EXECUTIVE OFFICER POSITION

An individual currently serving as the interim Institutional Executive Officer (IEO) at a university shall not be considered as a candidate for the permanent IEO position for which he/she serves as interim at the same university. However, an individual currently serving as interim IEO may apply and be considered for a permanent IEO position at a different university. This policy does not prohibit an individual who has completed service as an interim IEO from being considered as a candidate for any IEO positions that subsequently become available at the same university.

(BT Minutes, 1/2009; 3/2011; 4/2012)