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UC seeks president with 'creativity, courage ... and limitless energy'

March 14, 2013 |  4:51 pm

Is it a call for a superhero or a university administrator?

The UC Regents on Thursday released their formal set of qualifications they are seeking in candidates to replace system President Mark G. Yudof, who is retiring in August.

The ambitious description of a successor could excite some potential candidates or scare away some who are not Superman or Superwoman.

The UC president, the document declared, “must be a visionary leader with the judgment, creativity, and courage to enhance the quality and reputation of the University as one of the preeminent public research universities in the world.”

He or she also “must understand and have demonstrated support for outstanding scholarship and possess the highest intellectual capacity; have extraordinary communication skills ... and maintain limitless energy and enthusiasm, courage, and stamina.”

No specific candidates were discussed publicly Thursday.

The regents recently set up committees to gather input from faculty, staff and students during the search process.

Yudof, who has held the position for five years, has cited his health and other reasons for stepping down. He plans to teach law at UC Berkeley.

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--Larry Gordon

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