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
SUNY Empire State College
Florida State University
Emporia State University
Clark State University
Western New Mexico University
University of North Dakota
- Will LSU’s new president speak truth to power? (bobmannblog.com)
- Cal State Long Beach president finalist for LSU post (latimesblogs.latimes.com)
- LSU Faculty Senate votes ‘no confidence’ in board (wwltv.com)
- EKU presidential finalists’ schedule released (wave3.com)
- Four finalists selected in LU Presidential search (kfdm.com)
- LSU students react to sole presidential candidate: King Alexander (videos.nola.com)