Support and patience from the NDSU campus community will be important during the upcoming search for the university's next president, according to William Goetz, chancellor of the State University System. Goetz made that comment on Oct. 29 as he held a series of discussions with the NDSU Cabinet, administrators, faculty, staff and members of Student Government.
During the meetings, he outlined the search process to find the successor to President Joseph A. Chapman, who has resigned effective Jan. 2. He told about 60 staff members at one of the meetings, "My goal today is for you to gain confidence in the search process."
Goetz said nominations for the search committee will be presented to the State Board of Higher Education when it meets on Nov. 19 in Minot, N.D. He said the committee will have about 16 members, with representation from students, faculty and staff, as well as the academic and research areas. Other members will represent the community, economic development and city government. Goetz said the board also will consider proposals from search consultants.
"The search environment will be that NDSU is a tremendous university. There are a lot of good things happening and we need to keep the momentum going. Certainly that will enter into the search in terms of communications to potential candidates," Goetz said. "This is about looking forward. We have a tremendous student body. It's about student success, and it's about our staff, faculty and administration who are all committed to making this an even better university."
Goetz said he expects the search process to take six to nine months. "The timeline is important, but we don't want to jeopardize good candidates over a timeline. The first priority is getting a good president," he said.
About 55 faculty members attended a meeting with Goetz, and 25 Student Government representatives also met with him.
Interim president Richard A. Hanson will join the campus on Dec. 1. Goetz described Hanson as "dynamic and personable." Hanson, who currently is president of Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa, earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from NDSU. He also previously served in the NDSU administration as associate vice president for academic affairs and interim vice president for academic affairs.
"He is all about students," Goetz said of Hanson. "He'll fit the mission of NDSU as its interim president."
As he closed the meeting with staff, Goetz said he is looking for a smooth transition. "We need to stay the course and keep our focus," Goetz said. "We need to move forward."