ASU sets forums on chancellor search
by Anna Oakes
Appalachian State University's Chancellor Search Committee on Thursday scheduled six public forums to give faculty, staff, students and community members opportunities to provide input in the university's search for a new chancellor.
The first forum takes place today from 4-5:30 p.m. at ASU's Valborg Theatre. Each forum has an area of focus, with today's centered around the College of Fine and Applied Arts. Additional forums are scheduled for various times on Sept. 25 and 27.
Ken Peacock, who has led ASU for nine years, announced in April he would step down once a successor is named.
Dates, times and locations of forums are posted on the official website for the search at http://www.chancellorsearch.appstate.edu.
Forum audiences will be asked to identify challenges and opportunities that the university is expected to face in the future and leadership characteristics that they want to see in the next chancellor to best meet those challenges and opportunities, an ASU press release indicated.
"All interested parties are encouraged to attend," it said.
The committee selected Baker & Associates to serve as a consultant in recruiting and screening candidates at the Thursday meeting. Baker & Associates will be paid $75,000 plus reimbursement of direct expenses such as travel, advertising and background reports, according to ASU General Counsel Dayton Cole.
Fee proposals from the other two search firm finalists were the same or greater, Cole said.
ASU and University of North Carolina system officials earlier this summer said the search, including the firm's fee, could cost ASU approximately $120,000, to be funded through a combination of state and trust monies.
Jerry H. Baker, the president of the firm, is a native of North Carolina and a veteran executive search professional with more than 37 years of experience in the field, according to ASU.
His higher education experience in recent years includes chancellor searches for N.C. State University, UNC-Greensboro, Western Carolina University and the selection of Erskine Bowles as president of the UNC system.
"We are very pleased to have someone of Jerry Baker's experience, knowledge of the national higher education landscape and understanding of Appalachian and North Carolina as a valued partner in this process," said Board of Trustees Chairman Michael A. Steinback, who also chairs the search committee, in a statement.