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Indiana State University Board Chair announces leadership of Search Committee, Transition Team

May 1, 2017

The leaders of the Presidential Search Committee at Indiana State University and a Presidential Transition Team were announced today by Board of Trustees Chair David Campbell. President Daniel J. Bradley announced on April 26 his intention to step down as president effective January 2018.

Jeff Taylor will serve as chair of the 15-member search committee, and Kim Smith will serve as vice chair, Campbell said. Both are members of the ISU Board of Trustees. The committee will also include five faculty members selected by the Faculty Senate; Bart Colwell, chair of the ISU Foundation Board; Paul Chaney, Sr., chair of the ISU Alumni Board; Roxanne Torrence, chair of the ISU Staff Council; Tanner Smith, president of the Student Government Association; Bob Baesler, community representative; Diann McKee, senior vice president of finance and administration and university treasurer; Willie Banks, vice president for student affairs; and Linda Maule, dean of the University College. Campbell will serve as an ex-officio member along with Teresa Exline, Chief of Staff in the ISU Office of the President, who will provide logistical support for the search. Campbell hopes to have the complete committee in place within the next two weeks.

The role of the search committee will be to screen candidates and make recommendations to the Board of Trustees which will make the final decision. Campbell indicated he wants to make the process as open and transparent as possible starting with a series of listening sessions scheduled for Thursday, May 11. The sessions will be conducted by Ryan Crawford, a partner in Storbeck Pimental, the search firm which is assisting with the search.

“The purpose of the listening sessions it to receive input from stakeholders on the qualifications, experiences and qualities the next president should have in order to be successful at Indiana State. We hope to have as many people as possible attend the sessions and/or complete the online stakeholders form,” said Campbell. 

Listening sessions on May 11 have been scheduled for the following groups:

8:00 a.m.             President’s Cabinet, Parsons Hall 210

10:00 a.m.           Deans, Parsons Hall 210

Noon                   Students (lunch will be provided through Generations), Sycamore Banquet Center

2:00 p.m.             Administrative and Support Staff, Heritage Ballroom, Tirey Hall

3:00 p.m.             Faculty, Heritage Ballroom, Tirey Hall

4:30 p.m.             External Stakeholders (Foundation Board, Alumni Board, local leaders, etc.), Heritage Ballroom, Tirey Hall

For those who cannot attend a listening session, a stakeholders survey is available at:

Feedback from the listening sessions and survey will be utilized by the search committee to build a draft position description. The Board of Trustees will review and finalize the description at its June 23 meeting so that the recruitment and advertisement process can begin. Campbell said the tentative timeline is to have the search committee narrow the field to 3 to 4 finalists by late August for on-campus interviews in mid-September. A new president is expected to be named by late October.

The transition team will be led by Trustee Ed Pease and Nancy Rogers, vice president for university engagement. Campbell said the transition team will assist with the celebratory events honoring the Bradleys which will be centered around this year’s Homecoming and will help ensure the new president is fully integrated into the Indiana State University family.

The transition team will also include trustees Randy Minas and Kathy Cabello; Ron Carpenter, vice president for development and CEO of the ISU Foundation; Exline; Greg Goode, executive director of governmental relations; Sherard Clinkscales, director of intercollegiate athletics; Rex Kendall, executive director of the ISU Alumni Association; four faculty representatives selected by the ISU Faculty Senate, a representative of the Staff Council, and a representative of the Student Government Association. Campbell will serve as an ex-officio member.