UConn receives more than 100 applications for president job
November 17, 2010
The committee searching for the next University of Connecticut president hopes to start narrowing the field this week.
During a UConn Board of Trustees meeting last week, board Chair Lawrence McHugh said UConn has received more than 100 applications and nominations.
He said the applicants and nominees are “promising candidates” and he expected the trustees to begin reviewing candidates when it met yesterday (N0v. 15).
Former UConn President Michael Hogan left the post this summer to take the president’s job at the University of Illinois.
The university had a pool of about 500 candidates when trustees selected Hogan as the 14th UConn president in August 2007.
Former UConn President Philip Austin, who held the position from October 1996 to August 2007, was appointed by trustees in June to serve as interim president.
McHugh announced a 39-member committee in July, comprised of trustees, faculty members, student leaders, staff, administrators, alumni and state and local officials, as well as representatives from the private sector, to help search for the next president.
The search committee agreed in September to hire Witt-Kieffer, one of the largest executive search firms in the nation, to help with the search.