The two presidential search committees at Baylor University (BU) have been diligently planning the search process since their joint-meeting earlier this month on March 5.
On March 18, the regent Presidential Search Committee (PSC) announced the search process for BU's next president, devised under the guidance of the Advisory Search Committee (ASC), according to BU's news release.
The PSC has requested the advice and counsel of the ASC in three broad areas: gathering input from Baylor's various constituencies to develop a profile of candidate characteristics, gathering names of candidates, and participating in the candidate interview process.
The committee notes that as the search progresses, particular aspects of the process could change.
Firstly, the two committees and consultant Korn/Ferry International will announce the search in national higher education publications, Baptist newspapers of wide circulation, and by some direct mailings.
While this is being conducted, input by Baylor constituents will be requested to help the committee develop a candidate profile.
The second stage involves the narrowing of the list of candidate names that is being gathered. Next, interviews with candidates will be conducted, further reducing the number of candidates.
The presidential search committee is "committed to a process that takes no longer than necessary, but the process will be thoughtful, deliberate, and conducted with due diligence and due regard for the requirements of privacy insofar as candidate names are concerned," according to BU news.
Both committees have pledged to use the search process to "build consensus and unity among the Baylor family" and to report regularly through the Baylor website, Baylor Magazine, Baylor eNews, the Baylor Line, and other publications the progress that is being made with the search.