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Presidential Search
4/3/2014, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
As members of the Oakland University Presidential Search Committee, we would like to invite you to attend additional forums to discuss the presidential search and to share with us your thoughts about our needs and wants for the next university president. These forums are open to all members of the University community. The dates, times and locations are: Wednesday, April 2, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., Oakland Center Gold Room C Thursday, April 3, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., Oakland Center Oakland Room We would like to continue the conversation started while our search consultant was on campus the week of February 17, when he met with various campus groups to obtain insights into the institutional leadership needs of Oakland University. As we progress through the search process, our hope is to be able to use your thoughts, opinions, and beliefs about the next president to help guide us as we review applicant files and conduct preliminary interviews. Incorporating everyone’s ideas will help ensure we find a leader who can further the spirit of a vibrant and inclusive campus community. The starting point for these discussions will be the same as those initiated by the search consultant, and include the three questions below. Please take a few moments to contemplate these before the meetings. PRESIDENT SEARCH DISCUSSION QUESTIONS [A note from William Funk: We have found that the following three questions elicit information that is very helpful to the consultant; in addition to serving as a catalyst for discussion with the Board, Search Committee, and the various constituency groups. We also provide these questions in advance to potential attendees at 'open forums' held on the campus to receive input from faculty, students, alumni, and other interested parties.] What are the major challenges and opportunities the next President will inherit?…Both immediately and longer term? If these are the challenges and opportunities, what kind of person do you feel is best equipped to address the challenges and exploit the opportunities? What kind of experience, management/leadership style, world view, personality, et. al.? Figuratively, if you could draw the picture of the ideal candidate, what would she/he look like? We will be contacting many persons who we believe are among the best potential candidates in the country. They, for the most part, will not have thought about making a job change and will be reluctant candidates. Help arm us with compelling reasons we can use to convince these reluctant candidates to explore our opportunity. What do you think makes Oakland University a unique and exciting place? Please email your RSVP to by March 27th and indicate which session you plan on attending.
Oakland Center Oakland Room
2200 N. Squirrel Road
Rochester MI, 48309-4401
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Steven Shablin
(248) 370-4581