GREENSBORO— The group of 23 people who will help find UNCG's next chancellor includes seven alumni, five university trustees, five professors and a former Greensboro city manager.
In its first meeting Tuesday, the UNCG chancellor search committee picked a search firm and got its marching orders from UNC system President Tom Ross.
"This is a great place in a great community, and it's a great opportunity," Ross told the committee. "It will attract great candidates."
The group is charged with finding a successor to Linda Brady, who will retire July 31 after seven years as UNCG's leader.
Ross said the committee should look for candidates who respect UNCG's historical mission of teaching, research and service.
The new chancellor should continue UNCG's collaboration with N.C. A&T — "That's important to me; that's important to our Board of Governors," Ross said — and value intercollegiate athletics without compromising academics.
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The new leader should be able to raise money, relate to students, support faculty members and other employees and have both unwavering integrity and a deep commitment to the liberal arts and higher education, he said.
"It will be impossible to find one human being with all of these characteristics," Ross said wryly. "But I hope you will."
In its first official action, the committee unanimously picked a Dallas consulting firm, R. William Funk & Associates, to help it find and evaluate candidates.
Bill Funk worked as a consultant on several high-profile higher education searches in North Carolina. Funk helped the UNC system hire Ross in 2010 and UNC-Chapel Hill appoint current Chancellor Carol Folt in 2013. Funk also worked on two previous UNC-CH searches and one at N.C. State.
UNCG will pay Funk's firm $99,000 plus expenses for his work.
Up next for the committee will be a series of on-campus and community forums in December and January. The committee plans to meet with key groups on campus, including faculty members, students and staff members, to hear their thoughts on the qualities they want in UNCG's new leader.
Alumni Association leaders will meet with UNCG graduates starting this month. Search committee chairwoman Susan Safran said meetings with faculty members and students likely will be scheduled for the week of Jan. 19, the second week of the spring semester.
Funk told the committee he plans to meet with Brady's senior staff members, trustees, alumni, community leaders and leaders of UNCG's faculty, staff and student groups.
The committee will recommend three finalists to the UNCG board of trustees, who send those names to Ross. Ross will pick the winning candidate subject to approval by the Board of Governors.
The committee wants a new UNCG chancellor to be chosen at the Board of Governors' meeting May 22.
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THE SEARCH COMMITTEE
Here are the 23 people who will help pick UNCG's new chancellor. People with UNCG degrees are noted with an asterisk (*):
Trustees: Frances Bullock, Brad Hayes*, Ward Russell, Susan Safran* and David Sprinkle. Safran, the chairwoman of the UNCG board of trustees, will be the chairwoman of the search committee.
Administration: Celia Hooper* the dean of the School of Health and Human Sciences; and Charles Maimone, the vice chancellor of business affairs.
Faculty members: Omar Ali, African American and African diaspora studies; Kelly Burke, music; Susan Calkins, human development and family studies; Wade Maki, philosophy; and Anne Wallace, English.
Staff members: Lori Kerr, the executive assistant to the dean of The Graduate School; Mary Swantek, assistant director of alumni relations; and Kim Zinke, project manager in the Office of Assessment and Accreditation.
Students: Joseph Graham, a sophomore English major and vice president of the Student Government Association; and Elizabeth Warren, a graduate student in sociology and chairwoman of the Graduate Student Government Association.
Alumni: Jeffrey Collins* of Greensboro, the president of the UNCG Alumni Association Board of Directors; Sarah Shoffner* of Liberty, a retired UNCG professor; and Jana Waganseller* of Liberty, a retired hospital administrator.
Community: Michelle Gethers-Clark, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Greensboro; George Hoyle*, managing partner of Compass Financial Partners of Greensboro; and Ed Kitchen, vice president of the Joseph M. Bryan Foundation and former Greensboro city manager.
Information about the UNCG chancellorsearch is online at http://chancellorsearch.uncg.edu.