The University Record, January 21, 2002

Presidential search hits the Web

By Laurel Thomas Gnagey

The committee charged with searching for a new U-M president welcomes input from members of the campus community. In addition to planning several

meetings with various University groups, the Presidential Search Advisory Committee (PSAC) invites individuals to visit a new Web site,, where they can offer thoughts about the search and participate in the nomination of candidates.

The PSAC held its first meeting Jan. 9, and then met with the Board of Regents on Jan. 17 to receive its charge. Selection criteria also have been developed for the position of president. “The committee already has begun to seek nominations for the position and has placed ads in several national publications,” says PSAC Chair Earl Lewis. “Over the next several weeks and months we will work to identify and evaluate potential candidates with assistance from Shelly Weiss Storbeck of the executive search firm A.T. Kearney.”

The Web site is one way the committee hopes to reach out to the campus community, Lewis says. In addition to a page on the current status of the

search, it contains the names of the advisory members, a copy of their charge and a document outlining criteria for the search, including the position description. A page dedicated to public comment asks about important issues and challenges facing the next leader and characteristics

necessary in U-M’s next president, and offers the chance for confidential nominations.