Meeting of the Winthrop Presidential Search & Selection Committee
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Rock Hill, South Carolina
Members present: Kathy Bigham (Chair), Janet Smalley, Susan Smith-Rex, Glenn McCall, Bob Thompson, Karl Folkens, Kambrell Garvin, Cliff Calloway, Vivian Carroll
Members absent: Gary Williams
Others present: Dalton Floyd, Kimberly Faust
The Presidential Search and Selection Committee met on Thursday, May 3, 2012 on the campus of Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC.
Call to Order
Board of Trustee Chair Dalton Floyd called the meeting to order at 4:03 p.m. and welcomed the participants to the meeting. Mr. Floyd thanked the committee for its willingness to undertake the demanding assignment of recommending to the Board of Trustees an unranked list of three to five individuals who, in the SSC’s judgment, are well qualified to be the 10th president of Winthrop University. Mr. Floyd urged the committee to use the many talents represented by the members to work together to a successful conclusion to this stage of the search for upon their good judgment, the future of the university rests.
Mr. Floyd then turned the meeting over to Ms. Kathy Bigham, chair of the Search and Selection Committee. Ms. Bigham, too, expressed her thanks for the willingness of the committee members to give of their time and considerable talents to this most important duty assigned to them.
With assistance from Kimberly Faust, Ms. Bigham reviewed the following search related documents with the committee. The Operating Guidelines stating the protocols to be followed in the search regarding, for screening purposes, a rating system to be used in measuring candidates’ credentials against the preferred qualifications and characteristics described in the Institutional Profile as well as the responsibility for planning public on-campus interviews with accompanying evaluations of those interviews.
The Charge to the Search and Selection Committee specifying the duties assigned to the committee including paying careful attention to, and seeking significant input from, Winthrop’s key constituencies, giving each constituency opportunity early in the search process to offer views on qualities to seek in candidates, to nominate specific individuals as well as the opportunity to interview finalists. And, the Confidentiality Agreement covering the responsibility to protect the confidentiality of every prospect, candidate, and associated university search strategies, and the process itself.
After reviewing the documents, the committee discussed the presidential search website and the community feedback to date.
The committee then reviewed the materials related to the hiring of search consultant. As we are a public university, the process of hiring a consultant is regulated by the South Carolina state procurement system. The committee reviewed the Request for Proposals (RFP) and the timeline associated with the RFP.
Respectfully submitted by Kimberly Faust, staff liaison to the Search and Selection Committee.
Minutes to be approved at the next scheduled meeting of the Search and Selection Committee.