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What Board of Regents wants in a new president

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HARTFORD – Officials from the CT Board of Regents today released the following “presidential” profile. I guess it goes without saying that in addition to seeking a forward-thinking individual who is a strategic planner, the board also wants a president who won’t hand out raises without board approval. Doing so cost the former president, Robert Kennedy, his job.

Here is the release:

(HARTFORD, CT) — The Board of Regents for Higher Education Regents’ Search Committee (RSC) today released a presidential search position profile — a document which outlines the skills, experiences and other qualities sought in the successful candidate. The search profile also describes the expectations the Regents have for the successful candidate during his/her tenure as leader of the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities (ConnSCU), which include four universities, 12 community colleges and the state’s only public, fully online college.

“The Presidency of the Board offers great opportunities to an individual who can bring excitement, commitment and leadership to an organization that promises to be a best-in-class system of public higher education in the country,” the profile reads. Among other qualities, the next president will bring a deep knowledge of higher education management; will be a forward-thinking and imaginative strategic planner of the highest integrity; will have demonstrated collaborative skills and the ability to establish statewide partnerships; a passion for learning and academic research, career and technical education, workforce training and remedial support; and will develop the workforce and educated citizenry for the State of Connecticut.

“The next president of the Board of Regents for Higher Education is someone whom we expect to take a key role shaping the ConnSCU system into one of the leading organizations in the country,” said Lewis J. Robinson, chairman of the Board of Regents and its search committee. “Importantly, this person will be a ‘driver’ not a ‘facilitator’ toward student success, and we expect this person to thrive in an environment in which smart choices, bold actions and intelligent change are valued.”

In addition to the Regents’ Search Committee, a Systemwide Advisory Committee, including students, faculty, staff, union representatives, and representation from the business and industry community, has been formed to provide input and suggestions to the RSC regarding the selection of a new president. The profile — which will be condensed and advertised in national higher education publications to solicit interest from candidates across the country — will also be sent to trade organizations and private industry to attract a broad pool of talent from which the Regents will consider for the next president. Nominations and recommendations are currently being accepted through Feb. 15, 2013. It is anticipated that the Board of Regents will recommend a candidate to Governor Dannel P. Malloy during the month of April with the goal of that candidate starting at the Board of Regents on or about July 1, 2013.

Here is the Profile:

OVERVIEW

The Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education is the governing body for the state’s 12 community colleges, four state universities, and the online/non-traditional college, collectively known as the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities (ConnSCU). The Board holds broad responsibilities for state policy for public higher education. Traditional, non-traditional, and online learners are represented by a student population numbering 95,960 full-time and part-time students. The 17 ConnSCU institutions award associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees and certificates.

The President of the Board of Regents is the chief executive officer of the Board and reports directly to the Board. The position is appointed by the Governor upon recommendation by the Board of Regents. The Board of Regents has 19 members.

PRESIDENTIAL ATTRIBUTES

Commitment to the Board of Regents’ vision, mission, goals, and policies;
Record of success in finances, budgeting, resource generation, and planning;
Experience in leading public policy development in a complex political environment;
Passion for learning and academic research, career and technical education, workforce training, and remedial support;
Commitment to the distinctive missions of the Connecticut state universities, community colleges, and online college;
Ability to collaborate, communicate openly, and embrace the culture of the state;
Demonstrated appreciation for and support of diversity;
Significant senior level administrative/academic experience in a higher education setting (preferred);
Understanding of a higher education system; and
Earned doctorate/terminal degree from an accredited institution of higher education (preferred).

RESPONSIBILITIES

Implement policies and directives of the Board of Regents;
Bring recommendations for policies and initiatives to the Board of Regents;
Build support, cooperation, and synergy among the system universities, colleges, and online college;
Balance central authority with institutional differentiation and autonomy;
Employ, supervise, and evaluate staff;
Administer, coordinate, and manage Board of Regents’ activities;
Guide and implement the Board’s agenda for governance and policy, including management of meetings and initiatives;
Act as the Board of Regents’ chief agent for development of budgets, strategic planning, and labor relations in a collective bargaining environment;
Communicate fully and in an appropriate, timely manner with the Board of Regents;
Create a collaborative environment to work with university and college presidents;
Develop on-going collaboration with public policy-makers; and
Perform other related duties as may be required by the Board of Regents.

EXPECTATIONS

The Presidency of the Board offers great opportunities to an individual who can bring excitement, commitment, and leadership to an organization that promises to be a best-in-class system of public higher education in the country. The next President . . .

will bring a deep knowledge of higher education management;
will have an understanding of national higher education trends and policy issues;
will be a forward-thinking and imaginative strategic planner of the highest integrity;
will be an innovative, creative, entrepreneurial, skilled, and fair administrator;
will have demonstrated collaborative skills and the ability to establish statewide partnerships;
will bring systemwide constituencies together for the purpose of advancing ConnSCU and creating a shared culture of excellence;
will be committed fully to what ConnSCU offers to individuals of all ethnic, cultural, and economic background;
will help develop the workforce and an educated citizenry for the state of Connecticut;
will maintain collaborative relationships with public policy-makers; and
will join with the Board of Regents to be an advocate for the system and the entire public higher education community.

LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

The Connecticut State Colleges & Universities is a newly merged system of universities and colleges created by legislation on July 1, 2011. The new President will have the privilege of shaping a system still in its infancy and poised to be recognized as a leading organization in the county. The President will be a “driver” toward success, not a “facilitator.” Smart choices, bold actions, and intelligent change will be welcome in a shared governance environment. The new President will find a system demanding of a positive, proactive presence. Grit, commitment, change-maker, collaborator, and communicator will be key characteristics for the President of the Board of Regents for the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities.

NOMINATION AND APPLICATION PROCEDURE

To assure the fullest consideration, nominations and applications should be received by February 15, 2013. The application should include a letter of interest specifically addressing the applicant’s background in relationship to qualifications described (not more than 3 pages); a current résumé; and the names of five professional references with each person’s position, office or home address, e-mail address, and telephone numbers.

The new President will assume office on or about July 1, 2013.

The search is being assisted by James H. McCormick, senior consultant, AGB Search, jhm@agbsearch.com, 651-238-5188. All inquiries will be held in strict confidence.

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Linda Lambeck

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