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Committee formed to spearhead Ohio University presidential search

ATHENS, Ohio -- A committee representing a wide array of constituencies from across the university and community has been formed by Ohio University Board of Trustees Chairman Robert Walter to spearhead the process of selecting the next president of Ohio University.

Ohio University President Robert Glidden
Ohio University President Robert Glidden
The 20-member Ohio University Presidential Search and Screening Committee includes representation of university students, faculty, deans, trustees, staff, administrators, alumni, the Ohio University Foundation and members of the Athens community.

"The challenge of putting together an effective search committee is to make certain to include appropriate representation from key constituencies while maintaining a size and format that is conducive to moving the process forward," Walter said. "I believe we have accomplished that, and I'm looking forward to working with this talented group to advance the mission of finding the very best person for the presidency of Ohio University."

"It was important to recognize that the obvious interest of the board in this process is certainly matched by many others, and we've worked hard to assure that their voices will be heard in the selection process," Walter said.

Among the key tasks to be completed within the next few weeks is the identification of an appropriate national search firm to assist in the process of identifying and screening candidates.

"We continue our efforts to identify the best possible fit in terms of a nationally recognized firm to assist us in our search. This is an important decision, and we won't rush forward," Walter said. "Since we are looking to find the candidate with the most appropriate background, skills and approach to effectively lead Ohio University, forming a partnership with the most suitable firm is essential to assure the best possible outcome."

"The presidency of Ohio University is a highly desirable position. The university is in great shape and has gained a very favorable reputation nationally," Walter said. "I expect that we will have several outstanding candidates from whom to choose."

Walter will convene the committee early in November to begin its work with the goal of naming Ohio University's next president by April of 2004.

Ohio University President Robert Glidden has announced his retirement, effective June 30, 2004. Glidden, 66, was named Ohio University's 19th president in 1994.

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Media Contact: Media Specialist Jack Jeffery, (740) 597-1793 or jefferyj@ohio.edu

 
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