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Monday, November 27, 2006

FromDC2Iowa: UI President Search VII: The Answer

Excerpted from this post at FromDC2Iowa
... We need a solution that will preserve as much dignity as possible for Governor Vilsack and Regents Gartner and Wahlert -- "the Board leadership" -- and the UI constituent groups, especially if they go ahead with their "votes of no confidence" in the Board's leadership. ... Regents Gartner and Wahlert need to announce their resignations from the Board. Now. ... The Regents should select whomever they believe to be the best of the four finalists who emerged from their search process. ... Even under the best of circumstances it is highly unlikely that a new, second search would produce better candidates than those produced by the search we've already conducted. And these aren't "the best of circumstances." The odds are high -- especially if the Board leadership remains, but even if it doesn't -- that a second search would find us dealing with very wary potential candidates, reluctant even to apply, and others substantially less "wonderfully accomplished" than the ones we've already found. Even if it were not the only option, going with the results of our first search has the added advantage of asuaging the members of the search committee, UI constituencies, and the world that's watching, with the message that what has happened was but a bump in the road rather than complete demolition from an IED (improvised explosive device) planted by a couple insurgent Regents.

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