LETTER: Committee wants input on UNO presidential search

Published: Tuesday, September 13, 2011, 6:47 AM
New Orleans Times-Picayune

Inspiring. Innovative. Communicative. Entrepreneurial. Collaborative.

These are some of the various desired characteristics in a campus leader that we have heard expressed by others. Do they apply to the next president of the University of New Orleans? Are there others that should be considered? The search committee charged with helping to select the sixth leader of the University of New Orleans is interested in your thoughts.

University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors Chair Winfred Sibille has appointed a 15-member UNO Presidential Search Committee. Membership includes regional board members, as well as Dr. Neal Maroney from the UNO faculty. UNO’s SGA President John Mineo and community representatives Brian Glorioso, Susan Hess and Gary Solomon also serve as non-voting, advisory members.

The first meeting of the search committee will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, followed by a public forum at 1 p.m. Both meetings will be at the Homer Hitt Alumni Center on UNO’s campus and are open to the public. I encourage you to attend and share your desires and thoughts about a new leader. Your input will help the committee shape its decisions as we engage in one of the most important activities undertaken by the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System.

Our selection process is a long-standing successful one that is predicated on active participation of faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members. That is why we will be coming to the UNO campus for this initial input and later when we conduct candidate interviews. I urge all of you to attend any or all of our meetings and offer written comments via the UL System’s special website, www.ulsystem.edu/UNOSearch.

The selection of the next president is important to the future of the University of New Orleans as well as the New Orleans region. Please help as we embark on this important journey.

Randy Moffett


University of Louisiana System


University of New Orleans Presidential Search Committee

Baton Rouge