Despite what LSU officials say, open presidential searches are common

By Robert Mann

LSU Board members and the university’s new president-designate, F. King Alexander, are defending the system’s secret presidential search, suggesting that it’s the only way a university can find qualified candidates for top jobs.

I’m no expert on higher education administration, but I do know Google. A simple, cursory search reveals that Alexander and the LSU board may not know as much about standard college hiring practices as they claim.

When they open up their search process, these and other universities seem to attract qualified candidates — who don’t earn an immediate vote of no confidence from their faculty senates.

Here are just a few of the many U.S. universities that have conducted open searches for president in recent months and years. Most of the links below are to stories announcing the campus visits of various candidates for the jobs.

University of Wisconsin-Madison

http://www.twincities.com/politics/ci_22639352/wisconsin-4-finalists-named-uw-madison-chancellor

Lamar University

http://www.beaumontenterprise.com/news/article/President-candidates-visit-Lamar-4339114.php

University of Northern Iowa

http://www.uni.edu/presidential-search/second-uni-presidential-candidate-visit-uni

Winthrop University

http://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/blog/outside_the_loop/2013/01/winthrop-university-presidential.html

 Monmouth University

http://outlook.monmouth.edu/index.php/news/701-final-presidential-candidate-visits-the-university

 University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana

http://cedarfalls.patch.com/articles/avijit-ghosh-public-forum

University of West Georgia

http://www.northjersey.com/news/education/191514671_UWG_presidential_candidates_set_to_tour_campus.html

 SUNY Empire State College

http://www.esc.edu/presidential-search/

 Eastern Kentucky University

http://richmondregister.com/localnews/x1499305479/EKU-names-three-presidential-finalists

 Fairmont State University

http://www.fairmontstate.edu/fsunow/academics/fsu-presidential-candidate-visitation-schedule-announced

Florida State University

http://news.fsu.edu/More-FSU-News/News-Archive/2009/December/Presidential-Candidate-Interviews-ScheduledRelated articles

Millersville University

http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/763941_Millersville-University-hosts-fifth-candidate-for-president-s-job-.html

Emporia State University

http://www.emporia.edu/news/11/01/2011/first-esu-presidential-candidate-to-visit-campus/?

Dillard University

http://www.ducourtbouillon.com/2.6158/dillard-students-size-up-first-candidate-in-presidential-search-1.900630#.UUyxflvF1jA

Clark State University

http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/news/local/3-clark-state-president-finalists-visit/nWn5R/

Western New Mexico University

http://www.scsun-news.com/ci_17906649

University of North Dakota

http://www.myndarts.com/event/detail/1724/UND_Presidentitial_Candidate_Visit

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