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Statement on Presidential Searches

The AAUP's November 3 Statement on Presidential Searches calls upon colleges and universities to avoid closed, secretive searches and clarifies existing AAUP policies about presidential searches. Contrary to the AAUP's principles of shared governance, governing boards at several campuses around the country have conducted secretive searches in recent months without adequate faculty and public participation in the process. While AAUP policies acknowledge the need for a confidential phase in which a search committee may develop the initial candidate pool, such search committees should involve faculty members. All searches should include an open phase, involving campus visits and a public forum in which faculty, students, and others can share their opinions. The statement argues that the obligations of public and private non-profit colleges and universities to serve the public interest necessitate the protections of shared governance, including faculty engagement in all phases of the hiring process.

Read or download the full statement here.


Publication Date: 
Tuesday, November 3, 2015