Faculty Senate News

Presidential Search Listening Session for Faculty- 4/22

April 18, 2022  / Anna Carlin 

AGB Search, the search firm selected by FGCU's Board of Trustees to facilitate the search for the next FGCU President, will be at the April 22 Faculty Senate meeting to conduct a listening session for all interested faculty. This listening session should begin about halfway through the regularly scheduled meeting at 10:45 am, and will be held in Marieb 100 or online via the faculty senate meeting Zoom link. This is the first opportunity for you to provide your thoughts on the search process and input on who should be our next university president. Other listening sessions will most likely be scheduled during the summer term.

Arie Van Duijn, faculty senator from Marieb College, is the in-unit faculty member serving on the Presidential Search Committee. He and the AGB Search consultants need to hear from faculty now about what qualifications and attributes our next president should have, as well as what we see as opportunities and challenges that will face the next president. I hope you will come prepared to share you thoughts and discuss these topics. 

Presidential Search Listening Session for Faculty: April 22, 10:45 am in Marieb 100 or via Zoom

New legislation will protect the identities of applicants for university president positions until they have been named finalists. This means that outside of the search committee, we will not know who is being considered for the job until three finalists are named in the fall semester. Members of the search committee will not be able to talk about or gather input on candidates until those finalists are names. This why it will be more important than ever for us to provide a blueprint of what success looks like for this search now. 

Many of you have noted that the composition of the presidential search committee does not look like other search committees, both past FGCU committees and current SUS school committees, in terms of the number of faculty representatives or FGCU employees  representatives in general. While this may be true, I want to encourage you to use the voice(s) we have been given to best of our abilities.  Our FGCU representatives are relying on us to talk to them so that they can help us to the best possible outcome.