The IUP trustees on Thursday began the search for a new president, naming the first three people to a committee that will be in charge of the process.
Trustees Susan Delaney, Gealy Wallwork and Jim Miller will form the basis of the committee, which is challenged with recommending three finalists for the presidency. Delaney was appointed the committee's chairwoman.
Per State System of Higher Education policy, which dictates how searches are conducted, the three eventually will be joined by several others: a university executive who doesn't report directly to the president; two faculty members elected by the faculty; someone who isn't in a teaching role at the university; a student selected by the student government; an alumnus; and, should the trustees choose, up to three other people within the university. The committee also is to include a current or former president or chancellor at a comparable university who serves in an advisory role.
The committee also will have to seek the help of an executive search firm, which Delaney will have to select. One firm that has worked closely with IUP in the past few years on executive searches is R&H Perry and Associates, of Washington, D.C.
Once all are in place, the committee will begin soliciting r￩sum￩s and vetting candidates. They will select three final candidates, whose names they will forward to the chancellor and the state system's board of governors, which will make the final decision.
Dr. David Werner has served as the university's interim president since August, taking over for Dr. Tony Atwater, whose tenure ended in June 2010. Atwater left IUP to take an unpaid, one-year fellowship at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. Atwater had served as president since February 2005.
Werner's contract expires in the summer of 2012.
Council of trustees Chairman David Osikowicz said the plan is to assemble the committee and hire a search firm by the end of the semester. Over the summer, the firm will begin recruiting candidates, and when the fall semester begins, the committee will begin screening candidates and scheduling interviews, Osikowicz said. He said he sees no reason why the committee couldn't conclude its work by December.