The folks looking for a replacement for UNC system President Erskine Bowles need some help.
Got a potential candidate? Like maybe one of these guys?
Thanks to tight budgets, university officials won't travel the state this year soliciting input from the citizenry - as they've done in the past.
But Hannah Gage, in an open letter, asks for your help anyhow.
AN OPEN LETTER TO THE CITIZENS OF NORTH CAROLINA:
University of North Carolina system President Erskine Bowles is stepping down at the end of 2010 after five years of dedicated and innovative leadership, and the UNC Board of Governors is deeply grateful for his service to the University and to the citizens of North Carolina. Our task now is to identify the next leader of our 17-campus system.
As we go about this critically important work, we need and want your input. Feedback from citizens across the state will be invaluable as we search for the right leader for our public university system, which today enrolls more than 220,000 students.
In 1795, the University of North Carolina became the first public university in America to open its doors to students. For more than two centuries, through good times and bad, the people of this state have built and sustained the University and made our system one of the very best in the country.
More than ever before, North Carolina’s economic future will depend on the teaching, research, and public service our UNC campuses provide, so the importance of this search cannot be overstated.
The search for UNC’s next President will be a three-part process: A Leadership Statement Committee is seeking input from all University constituencies in order to identify the skills, professional experiences, and personal characteristics essential to the next UNC President’s success; a Screening Committee will select a search consultant and help narrow the applicant pool; and a Search Committee will select one or more finalists for consideration by the full Board of Governors, which will elect the new President.
All of us involved in the search process share a deep love of the University and a strong commitment to finding a dynamic leader with the proven capacity and vision to further the mission of UNC and its service to the state. Please let us know what you think. I encourage you to offer feedback via a simple form found on the search website at www.northcarolina.edu/2010presidentialsearch. You may also respond by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We welcome and need your input.
Chair, UNC Board of Governors