WMU News

Search committee to meet Feb. 5

February 3, 1998

KALAMAZOO -- The Presidential Search Advisory Committee at Western Michigan University will begin the screening phase of its search for the next president of the University with a meeting Thursday, Feb. 5. The committee will continue to accept nominations and applications for the position until finalists are selected.

"The meeting this Thursday is closed, as provided by the Michigan Open Meetings Act, to identify candidates with significant potential," said Richard G. Haworth, chairperson of the committee. "Candidates will be interviewed personally at a later date."

More than 50 candidates will be screened, beginning with Thursday's meeting. "We're very pleased with the field of candidates," Haworth said. WMU seeks a president with a "progressive, inclusive leadership style," according to the position description for the job.

The Board of Trustees established the Presidential Search Advisory Committee in July. It includes trustees and representatives of the faculty, staff, students, alumni and public. The committee developed search criteria after constituency and public sessions in October.

WMU President Diether H. Haenicke announced in June that he would retire as president July 31 to return to the faculty. He will have served 13 years as president and currently is the second longest serving president of a public university in Michigan.

Persons may contact the Presidential Search Advisory Committee through its secretary, Betty A. Kocher, secretary to the Board of Trustees. Her telephone number is (616) 387-2360 and her e-mail address is <betty.kocher@wmich.edu>. Information also is available on the World Wide Web at <www.wmich.edu/wmu/search> and by calling (616) 387-4004.

The consulting firm Korn Ferry International is assisting the University in the search.

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