April 7, 2011

Your turn: What qualities should ISU's next president have?

by John McCarroll, University Relations

What qualities should the Iowa Board of Regents look for in its search for a new Iowa State University president?

The regents are seeking feedback, beginning today. Those interested in sharing their thoughts on this question can post comments online. All comments will be public. Both the Iowa State and board of regents homepages have direct links to this site.

In addition, the board will host an open forum from 5 to 6:30 p.m. April 27 in 275 Scheman Building. Anyone who wants to discuss the leadership priorities and desired qualities of ISU's next president is invited.

Share your ideas at public forum

  • April 27, 5-6:30 p.m.
  • Room 275 Scheman
  • Hosted by the Iowa Board of Regents

"Although we're in the early stages of organizing the search process, we think it's important to hear from students, faculty, staff and other individuals who have an interest in Iowa State and the selection of the new president," said board president David Miles.

"Our objective is to launch a successful presidency, not merely to hire a new president. Identifying the desired qualities for the next president of Iowa State is a key first step, and we want to make sure we provide convenient ways for people to share their opinions," Miles said.

President Gregory Geoffroy announced on March 25 his plans to step down no later than July 31, 2012. He will continue as president until a successor is named.

Consultant will assist board

On Tuesday, the board of regents issued a request for proposals for consulting services to assist the board in the presidential search. Miles said a limited number of firms will be invited to make presentations to the board at its April 28 meeting at Iowa State. Presenting firms will be asked to recommend best practices for a successful presidential search process. Miles said the regents expect to approve the formal search process at their June 8 meeting in Iowa City.