ULM presidential search committee interviews candidates on campus
MONROE, La. (KNOE) - The ULM presidential search committee started on-campus interviews for the six semifinalists looking to become the next ULM president.
Some of the topics discussed have included providing stability within the university and transparency.
“There’s been some transitions which makes it difficult for stability, for people feeling that sense of working together and growing together,” says Shari McMahan, provost and vice president for academic affairs, California State University – San Bernardino. “So, one of the priorities I would have is to meet with all the stakeholder groups and to make sure I listen to them and listen to their voices.”
Several candidates mentioned the high quality of academic programs offered at ULM as a strength. Still, some say enrollment is down, and that needs to be addressed.
“Look at the data and see the enrollment ticked down at the undergraduate level. We need to, as an institution, figure out what the problem is,” says Jeannine Kahn, provost and vice president for academic affairs, University of Louisiana system. “Of the number of students that are admitted to this institution, only 42% enroll. What about the other half?”.
Along with enrollment, several candidates also agreed more emphasis should be placed on athletics, which they feel can help improve the overall perception of the school.
“We will have more people wanting to play sports at this university,” Ronald Berry, dean of College Business and Social Sciences, University of Louisiana Monroe. “It all goes together. We recruit more students and improve athletics. We have more athletes on the field, it improves academics.”
A couple candidates also mentioned the importance of being able to generate revenue and raising funds to keep the university moving forward.
The president’s job is to be a fundraiser,” says Daniel Heimmermann, provost and vice president for academic affairs, the University of Texas Permian Basin. “While there might be other people who coordinates things to help develop an overall strategic plan, it is no question that the president is a primary fundraiser.”
The ULM presidential search committee will meet to choose the finalists immediately following the last interview on Thursday. The finalists will be announced Aug. 27.
To view the candidates interviewing to become the next ULM president, click here.
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