Thursday, April 17, 2003

UC search committee to review 37 names

By Kristina Goetz
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Deans, vice presidents and professors are among the 11 people who have formally applied to become the next president of the University of Cincinnati.

Another 26 people have been nominated to replace Joseph Steger, who has announced plans to retire after more than 18 years at the helm of one of the Tristate's biggest institutions.

The Enquirer is not printing the names of nominees, because some have not been notified. The 11 applicants, in alphabetical order, are:

• Nov. 1, 2002: University of Cincinnati president Joseph Steger announces his retirement, saying he will stay on until a successor is found.

• Nov. 26: UC's Board of Trustees announces 11 of the 13 committee members who will help choose the next president. Faculty members choose their two representatives soon after.

• Dec. 19: The committee sets an informal timeline for interviewing candidates. The committee hopes to have a new president in place by the time school starts in the fall.

• Feb. 27, 2003: The committee has its first in-depth discussion about how to sell the university to potential candidates. It wants to advertise UC as an institution that has both national stature and potential.

• Lloyd J. Griffiths, dean of the School of Information Technology and Engineering at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.

• Stephen W. Lehmkuhle, vice president for academic affairs at the University of Missouri System in Columbia, Mo.

• Richard J. McCallum, associate vice president for academic affairs at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Conn.

• John W. Miller, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

• Keith Terrence Miller, provost and vice chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

• Dale F. Nitzschke, consultant for Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Mo. He was formerly chancellor and president.

• Martin Shapiro, professor of marketing, management and international business at Berkeley College (New York and New Jersey branches), and adjunct professor of marketing and international business at Manhattanville College in Purchase, N.Y.

• Warren G. Smith II, former president and professor of chemistry at Slippery Rock University in Slippery Rock, Pa.

• Arthur C. Vailas, vice chancellor for research and intellectual property management at the University of Houston system and vice president for research and intellectual property management at the University of Houston, main campus.

• Yiping Wan, dean and professor in the Bagwell College of Education at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga.

• Michael A. Wartell, chancellor and professor of chemistry at Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne.

A 13-member search committee will discuss the applicants and nominees in a closed-door executive session today.

This is the first time the committee will sift through a compiled list with a representative from the hired Atlanta-based executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles.

The committee will also hear a presentation by Tom Abrahamson, chief executive officer of Lipman Hearne Inc., a national marketing communications firm that specializes in higher education and nonprofit institutions.

The university is developing an integrated marketing plan to enhance its reputation and increase enrollment.

"We're going to move along," said trustee and committee chairman Jeff Wyler.

"It's our first opportunity as a committee to even look at names that have surfaced."


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