Search Committee Guiding Principles

The following outlines guiding principles with respect to the search process and the authority granted to the search committee:

1.       The Presidential Search Committee will execute a national search to attract the most highly qualified candidates. The Committee will review candidates in-depth, taking into consideration the Presidential Profile, which will be developed with input from various stakeholders including faculty and staff, Cabinet, the President’s Leadership Team, and others.

2.      The Presidential Search Committee will seek a diverse and inclusive candidate pool. Consistent with KCTCS policy, under no circumstances should a candidate's race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity, gender expression, disability or any category protected under federal, state, or local law be considered when evaluating an individual candidate, or when judging one candidate in comparison to another.

3.      The Presidential Search Committee should seek input from various stakeholders about KCTCS’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats and how these factors should influence the selection of the next President.  This broad-based input, as well as various board perspectives, will be incorporated into a Presidential Profile that will provide background information about KCTCS and identify the qualifications we will be seeking in our next President. The document will serve as the guiding document for the entire search process.

4.      A third-party national search firm will be selected to facilitate the search, in partnership with the committee. They will help develop the Presidential Profile, which will be shared with prospective candidates and nomination sources.

5.      The Presidential Search Committee will adopt a timetable for the search that will begin in January 2020 and lead to the appointment of a President as soon as is feasible.

6.      For the search to be efficient and successful, all members of the Presidential Search Committee need to attend, participate in, and be prepared for all committee meetings and activities throughout the search.  

7.      Presidential Search Committee members serve as ambassadors for the institution, particularly when engaging directly with candidates at various points in the search process.

8.     The Presidential Search Committee will observe strict confidentiality.  Maintaining confidentiality is an absolute requirement for membership on this search committee. In order to attract the best qualified candidates and preserve the integrity of all parties and the search process itself, there can be no discussion of potential candidates or the internal workings of the search process outside of the Presidential Search Committee, except general updates to Board members or general responses to stakeholder inquiries. All information and deliberations of the Presidential Search Committee pertaining to candidates shall be kept in strict confidence by members of the search committee.

9.      The Presidential Search Committee Chair is the official spokesperson for the Presidential Search Committee and the only individual authorized to speak publicly about this search, though always maintaining confidentiality about the applicant pool and related matters. The Board Chair may generally address stakeholder inquiries if necessary, but should consider deferring to the Presidential Search Committee Chair.

10.  The Presidential Search Committee Chair will make periodic reports to the Board of Regents Chair, to interested stakeholders, and to the Board of Regents about the progress of the search.

11.   The Presidential Search Committee will prepare a report for the Board of Regents that will summarize the search process along with the strengths and areas of concern for the finalist candidate or candidates.