Want to weigh in on the search for a successor to University of Texas System Chancellor Bill McRaven? Consider yourself invited.
The search committee led by Sara Martinez Tucker, chairwoman of the system’s Board of Regents, has invited the public to send comments and nominations for a new chancellor to the board’s general counsel, Francie Frederick, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or to Stephen Newton of the regents’ search firm, Russell Reynolds, at UTChancellor@russellreynolds.com.
As readers of the Statesman might recall, Russell Reynolds was the executive search firm that conducted a quest for Austin’s new city manager. That was a bumpy search, to say the least, with Newton and his staff working at one point to zigzag candidates in and out of various doors at the Hilton Austin Airport hotel in an attempt to avoid Statesman reporters and a photographer. The Statesman sued and eventually obtained records of applicants, and the City Council reversed its decision to keep the process confidential up to the end and released the names of six finalists, including Spencer Cronk, who won the job.
State law allows for confidentiality of candidates for chief executive of an institution of higher learning, although one or more finalists must be named at least 21 days before the final appointment is made. The UT regents’ practice for years has been to name a sole finalist for chancellor of the system or president of one of the system’s academic and health institutions.