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Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service, Published January 13 2010

Input sought in NDSU president search

The North Dakota State University presidential search committee wants input as it develops the job requirements.

Open forums to discuss the presidential profile continue throughout the week.

Steve Swiontek, president of the search committee, said the five-page profile gives potential applicants information about what would be expected of them.

“The person who is interested in applying or being nominated, they can look at that profile and say, ‘I understand what the basic parameters are and job responsibilities are to be president of NDSU,’ ” Swiontek said.

President Joseph Chapman resigned last fall after 11 years at NDSU. Interim President Dick Hanson, who is serving through the end of June, has not announced whether he will be a candidate.

After gathering public input, the committee and the state Board of Higher Education will finalize the presidential profile next week.

The job will be advertised nationally starting in February, with a March 1 target date for applications to be submitted.

The draft of the job profile says a doctorate degree is preferred.

Faculty, staff and students weighed in on the draft profile during open forums Monday and Tuesday.

Many said they wanted the document to include more emphasis on students and NDSU’s research mission.

After this week, the public will again have an opportunity to provide input in the president search process when candidates come to visit the campus.

Those visits are tentatively scheduled for late April and early May.

The committee plans to meet May 13 to recommend at least three finalists.

The higher education board plans to interview those finalists May 21 at NDSU and select a president.

The goal is for a new president to begin July 1.

Open forums scheduled

Sessions are open to the public. More information is available at www.ndsu.edu/news/transition, including the draft presidential profile and instructions for participating in the webinars.

Comments about the profile can be e-mailed to ndsu.presidential.search@ndsu.edu.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Amy Dalrymple at (701) 241-5590