Kentucky: Council on Postsecondary Education

Council on Postsecondary Education

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, June 10, 2008  
Contact Information:  Sue Patrick
502-573-1555, ext. 308
Cell: 502-330-6596


 Spelling corrected for the search firm of Witt/Kieffer.

      The Presidential Search Committee of the Council on Postsecondary Education met yesterday to begin the process of choosing a national search firm to assist in the selection of its next president.

      The committee reviewed seven proposals and narrowed the list to three. The next step in the process will come June 30 when the committee meets to interview the three firms. The selection of a search firm will come on or after the June 30 meeting.

      The three firms include Isaacson, Miller of Boston, Mass., Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc., of Miramar Beach, Fla., and Witt/Kieffer of Oak Brook, Ill. All selected firms have extensive experience in coordinating national executive searches for higher education.

      The committee also met with Terry MacTaggart, a consultant with the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, the primary organization that promotes best practices in executive searches. MacTaggart discussed keys to conducting a successful search with the search committee.

      The seven-member search committee is chaired by Council member John Hall. Other members include Council members Donna Moore, Lisa Osborne, Phyllis Maclin, Mark Wattier, Joe Weis and Western Kentucky University president Gary Ransdell.


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Last Updated 6/10/2008