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GUAA Presentation to the Board of Trustees - November 11, 2006

The GUAA was invited to speak to the Board of Trustees (BOT). Five representatives of the GUAA presented. They are: Mike Kaika, GUAA Home Region Representative; Isaac Agboola, GUAA Treasurer; Kelby Brick, Local Alumni; Tawny Holmes, Local Alumni, MJ Bienvenu, Local Alumni.

The agenda was very specific.

  1. The qualifications and characteristics the interim president should possess; and
  2. The process the board should use in selecting an interim president.

Before addressing those, issues must be identified.

Issues that affects the Interim President Process

Qualifications and characteristics the interim president
In addition to being qualified as set forth last spring by the PSC, the interim president should:

Process of picking an interim president.
The BOT needs to be very clear on their next steps. They need to be decisive and move quickly. They need to have an interim in place within a few weeks.

This can be done in one of two ways:

  1. Make an executive decision and appoint an interim president that meets the characteristics and profiles as provided by various groups. The decision will be made by an executive committee of the BOT with written authority granted by the full BOT to make the appointment quickly.

    This will curb further hemorrhaging and damage that is occurring. This raises, however, the problem of failing to be inclusive in the decision-making—a major criticism of last year. However, picking someone that is already known may alleviate this criticism and acceptable to stakeholders—meeting the characteristics and profiles offered. The Board accompanying the announcement of the appointment with the following can also alleviate this process:

The above will provide the first public acknowledgment on the part of the BOT that real damage has occurred, and that there is a crisis and that the BOT is committed to addressing the root issues of the crisis. This acknowledgment may allow the BOT to make an executive appointment.

  1. Move quickly to assemble a search committee—inviting appointments (not nominations) by various stakeholders to serve on the committee. The committee should meet and start contacting (or inviting) candidates before Thanksgiving. This may or may not include interviews and public presentations by candidates. The committee’s recommendations should be made and accepted by early December.

    This has the benefit of involving stakeholders in the process. However, it is unclear if such a process can be expedited quickly and effectively. Pragmatism must determine whether this is a realistic process. The drawback of this process is that qualified and top-notch candidates may not want to subject themselves through an expedited and public search process which will only further limit the pool of candidates. Nevertheless, the final appointment should be accompanied by the BOT’s announcement of the 3 bullet points above.

Posted: 17 Nov 2006

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