June 2, 2011

Presidential search is on regents' June 8 agenda

by Anne Krapfl

The search for the next Iowa State president will be an item of discussion when the state Board of Regents meets June 8 in Iowa City. A full agenda will beannounced June 3.

A live audio stream of the meeting is available from the board's website. Newly appointed and Iowa Senate-approved regents Nicole Carroll, Katie Mulholland and Bruce Rastetter will participate in their first board meeting.

Presidential search

The regents are expected to announce a search process and approve a set of core qualities desired in ISU's next president. At its April 28 meeting, the board heard presentations from four executive search firms: Isaacson Miller, Boston; Greenwood/Asher and Associates, Miramar Beach, Fla.; R. William Funk and Associates, Dallas; and Parker Executive Search, Atlanta. One of the firms could be hired to assist with the search.

President Gregory Geoffroy announced in March that he will leave his post by July 31, 2012.

Budget discussion delayed

At this point, no discussion is anticipated of the universities' FY12 operating budgets. ISU budget leaders await a final decision in the Iowa Legislature on the state's budget, including appropriations for higher education. Associate vice president for budget and planning Ellen Rasmussen told a campus open forum crowd May 26 that she anticipates the board will discuss and approve university budgets at its next meeting, Aug. 4 in Cedar Falls.

She said she is hopeful that Iowa State's July payroll reflects salary increases awarded for FY12.