University of Massachusetts Presidential Search Committee Designates Finalists
"The search committee is delighted to be advancing the names of three distinguished higher education leaders," said James J. Karam, chairman of the University of Massachusetts Presidential Search Committee.
"In doing so, the search committee has fully met its charge, which was to provide the Board of Trustees with a slate of finalist candidates, any one of whom could be an outstanding new leader for the five-campus University of Massachusetts system," Karam added.
The names of the finalists were transmitted to the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees, which is meeting in Boston to consider the election of a new President.
About the finalists:
The University is seeking a successor to President Jack M. Wilson, who will step down when his current term ends on June 30. President Wilson, who has led the University of Massachusetts since September 2, 2003, recently announced that he will join the UMass Lowell faculty after he leaves the UMass presidency.
Karam, who has led the search committee since it was formed last March, said the University has mounted a thorough search process.
"The search committee has engaged in an open and comprehensive process to ensure that we choose an outstanding new leader for the University of Massachusetts," said Karam. "I want to thank the members of the committee for their time and effort over the past 10 months. Your thoughtful, energetic and transparent effort to reach out and assess these candidates has been much appreciated by the Board of Trustees and the entire UMass community."
Karam added: "This search has culminated in the selection of distinguished finalist candidates who deeply believe in the transformative power of higher education and understand and respect the mission of public higher education. These candidates come from a variety of backgrounds in public and private higher education, and each has demonstrated his commitment, energy and creativity."
UMass Trustee Henry M. Thomas III, who served as vice chairman of the search committee, said: "This is a distinguished group of candidates, and I believe we have outstanding candidates because the Search Committee did its work and performed at the highest level."
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