- Associated Press - Friday, February 20, 2015

GRAMBLING, La. (AP) - The Grambling State University Presidential Search Committee will meet in Baton Rouge Tuesday to receive a report from its search firm and consider a revised timeline that aims to name a new president in June.

The News-Star reports (https://tnsne.ws/1zT2vlY ) the goal was to name a president in April who could start in the summer prior to the fall term.

The goal in the current timeline was to name a president in April who could start in the summer prior to the fall term.

“It is critical that we do nothing to limit our choices and these extra two months are worth the potential delay to ensure that we give ourselves the best pool of candidates possible. Therefore, it will be my recommendation that we shift the timeline by two months while still retaining the original goal to have the president begin work at Grambling as close as possible to the beginning of the fall term,” said University of Louisiana System President and Grambling Presidential Search Chair Sandra Woodley.

In a message sent earlier this month, Woodley shared a letter from search firm, The Hollins Group, outlining recruiting challenges due to higher education’s budget uncertainties. The letter states some potential candidates will not consider applying and several top candidates already in the pool will withdraw if they are publicly mentioned before Grambling’s budget future is clearer.

Higher education is facing a possible loss of almost $400 million in FY 2015-16 that would equate to anywhere from a 40 percent to 60 percent loss of state funding for Grambling. The legislative session does not begin until April and the magnitude of the budget crises will not be known until early summer.

The search consultants will be at Tuesday’s meeting to report on their work and walk through the challenges. Following their report, the committee will discuss revising the timeline.

Woodley’s recommendation will include selecting semifinalists the week of May 25; on-campus interviews the week of June 15, and finalist interviews and selection by the Board on June 24-25.

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Information from: The News-Star, https://www.thenewsstar.com


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