Penn State's Search for New President Now Appears Far From Over
The status of Penn State's search for a new university president now appears to be completely up in the air.
Just days ago, published reports said the board of trustees would meet Nov. 1 to discuss "personnel matters." The word was that a new president would be approved.
But just hours later, university spokesperson Annemarie Mountz said, "The meeting has been delayed indefinitely to allow for further consideration on the matter."
However, The board did hold an executive session Friday, which was not open to the public. Shortly afterward, Penn State issued a news release, stating, "In a Nov. 1 trustee seminar and executive session, the full board received an update on the search. The scheduled public meeting was cancelled when it was determined that more time for consideration of possible candidates was needed."
Board chair Keith Masser is quoted as saying, "The search process is progressing and will continue until the best possible person to lead Penn State is selected and presented to the full board for a vote."
Masser adds, "We fully expect that our efforts will ensure we attract a president who can truly maximize the potential of our exceptional University. We plan to conclude this process before the end of President Rodney Erickson's term in office, which is June 30, 2014."
Previously, the board has said it expected to name a new president before it's next meeting which is scheduled for Nov. 22. This latest news release suggests the board is nowhere close to a decision. It's unclear whether a potential candidate withdrew from consideration at the last minute.
Board member Karen Peetz is chair of the board's Selection Council. Peetz is quoted as saying the search for a new president is attracting a large pool of strong candidates. The executive search firm Isaacson, Miller has reportedly contacted nearly 400 individuals regarding the position.
Current President Rodney Erickson took over after Graham Spanier was ousted as president in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal. A Presidential Search Committee comprised of 12 trustees has been searching for the 18th president of the university since last year.