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Originally published: 2013-06-27 18:52:24
Last modified: 2013-06-27 18:53:09

UNC official details ASU chancellor search

by Anna Oakes

A draft timetable for Appalachian State University's chancellor search indicates a new leader could be identified by February 2014.

Ann Lemmon, University of North Carolina system associate vice president for human resources, met with the ASU board of trustees on Thursday to discuss the search process.

"This will be a very attractive job," Lemmon said.

Ken Peacock, who taught in ASU's accounting department and served as dean of the Walker College of Business, has served at the university's top post for nine years. He announced in April that he would be stepping down, but will remain chancellor until his successor is chosen.

Although the search is conducted by ASU's board of trustees, UNC system President Tom Ross will make the final decision on the campus' new leader, Lemmon said.

ASU will create a search committee composed of trustees and faculty, staff, student, community, alumni and foundation representatives. Typically, boards of trustees hire a search firm to assist with the search. Search firms are tied in to higher education networks and may be able to identify candidates that ASU would not find on its own, Lemmon said.

"The person that you want probably isn't actively looking for a job," she said.

The search, including the firm's fee, could cost ASU approximately $120,000, which can be funded through a combination of state and trust monies, ASU Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs Greg Lovins said.

Lemmon said the first month or two of the search process would be more open, with the committee seeking input and feedback, but that much of the group's work would be conducted in closed session because of needs for confidentiality. Lemmon said it's common for committee members to be asked to sign confidentiality agreements.

According to a draft timetable presented by Lemmon, ASU is expected to appoint a search committee in August, with constituent forums held the same month. Eight to 12 semifinalists would be selected by October, with three finalists recommended to Ross in December.

Ross will interview the finalists and recommend a new chancellor to the UNC system Board of Governors.