July 20, 2018

UConn taps 44-member committee to assist pres. search

PHOTO | Contributed
PHOTO | Contributed
UConn President Susan Herbst will step down in 2019.

UConn's board of trustees this week greenlit the formation of a 44-member search committee tasked with recruiting and replacing outgoing President Susan Herbst.

Led by board chair Thomas Kruger, the advisory committee selected Washington, D.C.-based executive search firm Isaacson, Miller Inc. to assist their national search for the flagship school's 16th president.

UConn said the search firm, which has experience recruiting senior leaders for higher education institutions, will gather candidates throughout the summer before interviews begin this fall.

Herbst, 55, the school's first female president for the past eight years, has said she will step down in 2019 to teach there.

The advisory committee -- compromising trustees, deans, faculty and students -- will interview the final candidates before the trustees vote to name Herbst's replacement in November. The new president will begin in Jan. 2019. Kruger said the committee will also seek support from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who is not running for re-election, and the state's incoming governor.

Kruger said the search committee reflects a "broad-based" sample of UConn's many stakeholders. A similar approach was taken in 2010 when UConn received support before hiring Herbst.

"The views of every member will be considered as each brings their own unique perspective and experiences to the table," he said. "Leadership matters a great deal at an institution of this size and complexity and the president we name will have an enormous impact on the university and its future."

Herbst will return to teaching in 2019 after she was appointed as a UConn science professor the same time she was named president.

From 1989 to 2003, she taught at Northwestern University in addition to kick-starting her administrative career while serving as the school's political science department chair. She then became dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Temple University and was later provost at State University of New York-Albany.

Herbst also served as executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer for the University System of Georgia before coming to UConn.

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