Charge to the Presidential Search Committee

The Board of Governors charged the Presidential Search Committee, under the leadership of chair Greg Brown and vice chair Linda Stamato, with conducting a national search for Rutgers’ 20th president and presenting to the Board of Governors the names, in unranked order, of five candidates but in no case less than three for consideration. The Board of Governors, acting with the advice and consent of the Board of Trustees,  evaluated the finalists and appointed the 20th president of the university.

The Board of Governors thanks the members of the committee for their willingness to commit significant time, effort, and expertise to the search. The 24-member search committee brought a wealth of experience and a wide diversity of perspectives to this crucial task. This broadly representative group was directed to put the institution’s larger interests first during all discussions and deliberations rather than focus on more narrow or specific issues or concerns.

In identifying candidates for the Board of Governors to consider, the search committee, working with the external consultant, was expected to:

  • Solicit comments from the university community regarding attributes and qualifications desired in the next president (e.g., through campus forums, meetings);
  • Seek recommendations from the university community for possible candidates for the position;
  • Develop a “Leadership Statement” for review by the Board of Governors that describes the criteria the committee will use in its search for the future president;
  • Conduct a national search to recruit a large and diverse pool of well-qualified nominees and applicants;
  • Ensure potential candidates receive information about Rutgers’ mission and its schools, centers, institutes, and programs;
  • Screen all nominations and applications based on the characteristics identified;
  • Select and interview those candidates who present the strongest qualifications;
  • Submit to the Board of Governors the names of five candidates but in no case less than three in unranked, alphabetical order who best embody the preferred characteristics of the president of Rutgers;
  • Provide the Board of Governors with thoughts and observations describing each of the recommended candidates and the reasons they are being recommended;
  • Maintain strict confidentiality during all points of this process.

Because strict confidentiality was essential to attracting highly qualified candidates, all members of the committee were required to sign and adhere to a confidentiality agreement. Meetings were not open to the public. Only the chair, or the chair’s designee, was authorized to speak with the media, and/or others, on behalf of the search committee. Committee members were responsible for following all university policies and acting in accordance with state laws and regulations.

The chair and/or vice chair of the search committee provided updates to the Board of Governors during closed sessions of the regular meetings of the board or as agreed to by the chair of the search committee and the chair of the Board of Governors.

The Board of Governors requested that the committee submit its list of finalists by the end of the fall semester or as soon as possible thereafter.