Aug. 31, 2011

26 have applied for ISU presidency

by Diana Pounds

Twenty-six people have submitted applications for the ISU presidency and another 10 are considering seeking the post.

Daniel Parker, of Parker Executive Search, reported the latest numbers to the presidential search committee during its Aug. 30 meeting. Parker said that 76 of 104 nominees declined to seek the presidency.

Parker said key reasons cited by nominees passing on the position were:

  • Timing is not good
  • They're comfortable in their positions
  • Spouse or family considerations

Iowa State is nearing the end of the presidential recruiting. However, search committee co-chair and Business dean Labh Hira said the committee will consider candidates throughout the search, until the position is filled.

All applicants have requested that their names be kept confidential during the early part of the search. The names of those who become finalists will be released. Finalists will visit campus this fall.