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Penn State to Hold Three Presidential Search Forums Next Week

by on March 11, 2013 4:56 PM

Penn State is holding three forums next Thursday and Friday, asking for input from the university community to help guide the search for for a new president. 

According to Penn State, representatives from Isaacson, Miller, the firm retained by Penn State to conduct the search, will ask attendees what they want to see embodied in Penn State's next president, in traits and characteristics. There will also be discussion regarding the opportunities and challenges the next president will face.

The forums, which are open to students, faculty and staff, will be held on the University Park campus. The session on March 22 also will be available online to participants at the University's Commonwealth Campuses; information and details for participation will be sent directly to the campuses, Penn State said. 

Forums will be held at the following times and locations:

March 21

  • 1-2 p.m. in Room 117 (the HUB Auditorium) of the HUB-Robeson Center
  • 6-7 p.m. in Room 105 of the Forum Building

March 22

  • 2:15-3:15 p.m. in Room 102 (the Foster Auditorium) of the Paterno Library and streaming online to Commonwealth Campuses.

Penn State officials have asked that those attending be prepared to provide input and reflections, such as consideration of the challenges and opportunities Penn State is facing in the next 10 years; the qualifications, experiences and attributes that the next president should possess; and other considerations that the search firm, the Trustee Presidential Selection council and the University Presidential Search and Screen committee should bear in mind.

Continued and additional opportunity for input will be available as it becomes available. A soon-to-be released presidential search website will provide updates on the search, and the opportunity to submit further suggestions and thoughts directly to the search firm, Penn State officials said. 

Penn State President Rodney Erickson has announced his intention to retire by June 2014, and the Board of Trustees has said they plan to present a new candidate before the end of 2013. 

Laura Nichols is a news reporter and @LC_Nichols on Twitter.
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