Chairman explains presidential selection process

HOUGHTON — As the presidential search at Michigan Technological University moves forward, Search Committee Chairman Bill Johnson described the process of that search, as well as the final selection of a university president.

Over 50 candidates have applied for the position, and it is a lengthy process selecting just one from so many, he said.

“The search firm that we’re working with,” said Johson, “has suggested that the search committee look at and review about half of them as very capable and qualified candidates that we ought to be giving consideration to.”

The deadline for accepting applications is Jan. 15, 2018, and Johnson said the committee believes many will apply near the deadline date.

“That’s usually traditional,” he said. “They wait until near the end, and then they apply.”

At the beginning of the search, Michigan Tech’s recruiting firm, Storbeck/Pimentel and Associates, went through a process with the committee, holding meetings with its members, and also university alumni.

“And from that, we kind of developed a portrait of what our new president should be,” Johnson said. “In terms of background, qualifications, experience, personal qualities, and so they’ve looked at that list. Storbeck has. Storbeck/Pimentel and Associates is our search firm, and they have narrowed that list for us to look at.”

After the application deadline, Johnson said he expects there will be 30 to 40 candidates to review. From that group, the search committee will need to narrow that number to approximately a dozen.

“We’ll probably work at doing that in the month of January, and then eventually they’ll interview those 10 or 12 candidates at an off-site location yet to be determined, and we’ll eventually select a smaller number. I don’t know how many — four to six — but they will give them to the trustees and say ‘Look, all of these folks are qualified to be the president, otherwise we wouldn’t give them to you. So, you choose.’ And the trustees will interview that group of candidates and make a choice.”