The Colorado State University Chancellor Search Committee has reportedly landed on either a preferred candidate or a narrowed list from a rumored 24 applications to fill the new top executive position. Except nobody knows for sure — the relative secrecy and speed of the process and the questionable timing have raised concerns among observers, faculty and students.
The committee met yesterday for only the second time to discuss applications and interview candidates. A statement issued Monday evening announced the members were ready to move the search to the next stage, where it will issue a “recommendation report” to the larger university board.
The 15-member search committee for the new chancellor of the Colorado State University System met today to conduct interviews and discuss its recommendation of candidates to the CSU System Board of Governors. The entire board of voting and non-voting members (includes students and faculty) may meet as early as tomorrow, in a special meeting of the board, to accept the recommendation report from the search committee. The acceptance of the report does not indicate a finalist will be named at that time. The board must hold a public vote when it is ready to name a finalist.
CSU aims to fill the position by July 1.
Meanwhile, the Colorado state legislature has introduced a bill to regulate university leadership hiring due to concerns with the highly secretive CSU search. HB 1369 narrowly passed the House and now moves to the Senate under the crunch of the 120-day state legislative session’s expected finale Wednesday.