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The Presidential Search Committee will be aided by Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm with extensive networks and experience in higher education leadership and a demonstrated commitment to—and record of success in—recruiting diverse pools of candidates. The firm will staff the Search Committee and help to run a thorough and efficient process that includes the following key activities:
Phase 1: Understanding the Challenge (Spring 2019 through Summer 2019)
  • After meeting with campus constituents, the Chancellor launched the search by appointing a Presidential Search Committee. The Search Committee is holding a series of on-campus forums and soliciting feedback via the Presidential Search Email Box to listen to the UMD community. Hearing from the community and understanding its aspirations for the University and its priorities for the next President is important feedback that helps inform the “leadership profile,” which will be constructed in consultation with and subject to the approval of the Chancellor. This document guides the committee in identifying prospective candidates and also provides candidates with a deeper understanding of the University of Maryland, College Park and the objectives for the next president.

Phase 2: Open Application Period and Screening of Prospective Candidates (Summer 2019 through Fall 2019)
  • The Search Committee and search team will engage in an extensive, global recruitment effort to attract a deep, diverse pool of candidates with the experience and skills to lead UMD forward. Throughout, the Search Committee and search team will continuously seek nominations from the UMD community for strong potential candidates for the position.

Phase 3: Narrowing the Field (End of 2019) 
  • The Search Committee will review the most qualified candidates and identify a subset of semi-finalist candidates to interview with the full committee.

Phase 4: Selecting Finalists and Recommendations to the Board of Regents (Early 2020)
  • After conducting the semi-final interviews, the Search Committee will recommend finalists to the Board of Regents. The recommendation will be submitted to the Chancellor as an unranked list with relevant information and a written report of strengths and weaknesses, and it will include extensive referencing information and background checks.

Phase 5: The Final Choice (Early 2020)
  • The Office of the Chancellor will arrange for interviews of the finalists by the Chancellor and the Board of Regents, and the Chair will personally brief the Regents and the Chancellor on the work of the committee. Following the interviews of final candidates, the Regents will hear the recommendation of the Chancellor and will either proceed to select the successful candidate or will charge the committee to present other names. Formal appointment by the Board of Regents and public announcement of the appointment will follow.

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The University of Maryland is one of the world’s premier research institutions. With our strategic location and scores of partnerships with government and businesses, UMD conducts groundbreaking research on some of the biggest challenges facing our global community, including cybersecurity and terrorism, bioengineering, public health equity, food safety and climate change. We strive to discover new knowledge and put it to work through innovation and entrepreneurship, advancing economic development and transforming lives. 

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