W a . re - search committee hears outsiders ' views of Rice

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by David Schnur The search to replace outgoing Rice University President Norman Hackerman is running smoothly and is on schedule, said members of the P r e s i d e n t i a l S e a r c h Committee. The committee has narrowed the original list of more than three hundred potential candidates to approximately sixty and is now trying to reduce the number to twenty people. Garland Kelley (incorrectly identified in the Thresher of September 21 as John Kelly) is the undergraduate representative to t h e P r e s i d e n t i a l S e a r c h Committee. Kelley, a senior at Wiess College, explained, "We are right on schedule in terms of being able to present a short list of three to five candidates to the trustees in January." The Board of Trustees will be making the final selection of the president. The committee spent the past summer visiting presidents of other prestigious universities, not for consideration as candidates, but rather for their opinions regarding the nature of Rice and the sort of person who should replace Hackerman. At a recent m e e t i n g o f t h e S t u d e n t Association, Kelley reported on the discussions. "Most of the comments we received were very postive," he said. Rice University Professor of Sociology William Martin, one of three faculty representatives to the search committee, said the group was generally pleased with what it heard. "It's nice to have people whose judgments you trust say that Rice is doing very well," said Martin. S o m e of the impress ions received by the committee were mixed, however. Kelley said that, although most of the presidents with whom he spoke felt that Rice is of equal quality to such schools as Yale or Caltech, "There is a perception among others that we are on a tier below them. A couple of them referred to the advice high school couselors give. They will encourage one to go to Harvard, Princeton, or MIT before they go to Rice."The university presidents feel this perception is chiefly due to poor public relations, he said. "Some of the resource people commented that we were in an awkward position, that we must either grow or decline in size. If we want to be more than just a regional school, we have to grow," said Kelley. All of these views are being considered by the search committee. One piece of advice f rom the college presidents, to which the commi t t ee has listened with interest, concerned the question of whether or not the next president of Rice should be a scholar or an administrator . Every university president that the commi t t ee interviewed "emphasized that we should get a scholar, not an administrator ," said Kelley. He added, "That 's not to say the committee has decided that we will get a scholar, but it will weigh heavily in our decision." U n i v e r s i t y T r u s t e e R a l p h O ' C o n n o r , c h a i r m a n of the Presidential Search Committee, explained, "Whoever is selected will have some administrat ion background. It has to be someone w h o has a good s c h o l a r l y background, someone that all the faculty can look up to." The committee is being careful not to select a person whose outlook is too limited. Said see Committee, page 7

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@inproceedings{Kopplin2012WA, title={W a . re - search committee hears outsiders ' views of Rice}, author={Andy Kopplin and Tibor Roberts and Jana S{\'a}nchez and David Schnur and Shelina Shariff and Cheryl Smith Jeff Michel . Mitch Neurock and Keith Nickerson and Frances Egler Sarah Jordan and Valerie Rohy and M. Angela Osterman and Wendy Sterba and Carrie ' Blum Cheryl Smith and Karin Murphy and Steven Spears and J Digregorio and John A Lippert and Mark Matteson and Stephen McVea and David Schafer and Antoni Torres and Diane Gilabert and Jill Goodman and Mary Ashkar and Elise Bauman and Bill Bellis and Erin Blair and Lori Bryngelson and Jennifer Corkill and Lisa Gray and David W Hardy and Stephanie Kozinski and Sandhya Nayak and Kristen Swartwout and Ruthie Woerner and Susan Carol Brown}, year={2012} }