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UC seeks public input on hiring university's next president

March 1, 2013 |  1:17 pm

Have any thoughts about who should be the next president of the University of California or what that person should do to help the 10-campus system?

Now you have a formal place to post your nominations, comments and opinions. A new website devoted to the UC presidential search was posted online Friday and has room for such comments from anyone inside or outside the university.

UC officials on Friday also announced the creation of four advisory panels -– one each for faculty, students, staff and alumni -- to help in the search for a new UC president. About a dozen people were appointed to each of those groups. Ten UC regents, including Gov. Jerry Brown, already comprise the main committee looking for a successor to Mark G. Yudof.

UC president since 2008, Yudof has said he intends to resign in August and become a law professor at UC Berkeley.

UC is using the Isaacson, Miller executive search firm to help in what is being described as a “global” hiring effort. The job description said UC "seeks an individual who is an outstanding leader and a respected scholar who has successfully demonstrated these abilities in a major complex organization." It then details the university’s massive size, with 240,000 students, 190,000 faculty and staff and a $24 billion annual budget.

The UC regents held a private teleconference earlier this week in which they discussed the search process.


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