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1.3035 Presidential Screening Process

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I.  Title of Policy

Presidential Screening Process


II. Objective of Policy

To establish a screening and hiring process when a vacancy in the Office of the College President occurs.


III.  Authority

N.J.S. 18A:64A-12, General Powers of Boards and Board Bylaw 1.2050 Duties and Responsibilities


IV.  Policy Statement

A.  When a vacancy in the Office of the College President occurs or is anticipated, the Board of Trustees (the “Board”) shall appoint a presidential screening committee, broadly representative of the College community.

B.  The Board shall charge the screening committee after an assessment of the needs of the College. The screening committee shall provide appropriate opportunities for the College community to comment upon the needs of the College and the development of criteria for selection of a new President.

C.  The Board shall establish a timetable for the screening which will ensure that the Office of President is filled in a timely manner.

D.  The Board may adopt, modify, or reject the screening committee’s assessment of the needs of the College and will determine the final criteria for selection of a new President.

E.  Based upon the selection criteria established by the Board, the screening committee shall arrange for appropriate public advertisement of the vacant position, shall review all applications received, and select candidates to be interviewed by the screening committee.

F.  The screening committee shall recommend to the Board in unranked order the candidates deemed most qualified for appointment. Only applicants interviewed by the screening committee shall be recommended to the Board.

G.  The Board shall interview candidates recommended by the screening committee and shall make such further inquiries as the Board deems appropriate.  If the Board determines not to appoint any of the candidates recommended by the screening committee it shall direct the committee to continue the search process and to recommend additional appointment candidates.

H.  Interviews of applicants by the screening committee and interviews of recommended candidates by the Board shall be conducted in private.  The committee and Board evaluations of applicants and deliberations thereon shall be kept confidential and shall be conducted in private.

I.  The Board shall provide appropriate resources to enable the screening committee to discharge its responsibilities effectively.

J.  The Board shall comply with all appropriate laws and policies regarding Equal Employment and Educational Opportunity to conform to the non-discriminatory position of the College.


V.  Responsibility for Implementation

Board of Trustees

Approved: Board of Trustees, 6/29/95

Revision:  February 2014

Lodged:   February 2014