Front Entrance of UofSC Aiken

Meeting Minutes

Office of the Chancellor

Thursday, February 18, 2021
1:00 pm via Zoom Meeting

Members Present: Tom Reid (Chair), Betty Abraham-Settles, Sam Boyd, Stephanie Franklin, Dara Glass, Teresa Haas, Katlyn Johnson, Brook Keisler, Kevin Kerr, Blake Leaphart, Tim Lintner, Derrick Meggie, Lynne Rhodes, Linda Rodriguez, Nicole Spensley

Members Absent: Miles Loadholt

Ex-Officio Present: Melissa Wilson

Guests: Ginny Horvath and Kate Nolde

PUBLIC SESSION

Call to Order and Roll Call at 1:00 pm

Tom Reid called the meeting to order and roll was taken via those on screen.

Approval of minutes from 1/22/2021 Meeting

Tom Reid asked if there were any objections to the minutes as sent out via email earlier in the week. There were no objections or changes noted. Minutes were approved with no objections.

Quick Review of Search

Ginny Horvath, Senior Consultant with Academic Search, gave an update that there was a “strong pool.”

Executive Session

Tom Reid asked for a Motion to move into Executive Session—Under S.C. Code of Laws Sec. 30-4-70—To discuss the future possible appointment of persons to lead UofSC Aiken, a public body, specifically candidates for the position of Chancellor of UofSC Aiken. The motion was so moved and seconded.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Return to Public Session at 5:00 pm

Tom Reid asked for a Motion to return to Public Session. The motion was so moved and seconded.

PUBLIC SESSION

Vote on Semi Finalists

Tom Reid asked for a roll call vote from each present committee member on inviting the following candidate numbers for semifinalist interviews: Candidate #’s 22, 29, 35, 36, 45, 51, 88, 100, 102, 103, and 108. Each committee member publicly agreed individually.

Meeting adjourned at 5:02 pm.

Friday, January 22, 2021
11:30 am via Zoom Meeting

Members Present: Tom Reid (Chair), Betty Abraham-Settles, Sam Boyd, Stephanie Franklin, Teresa Haas, Katlyn Johnson, Brook Keisler, Kevin Kerr, Blake Leaphart, Tim Lintner, Derrick Meggie, Lynne Rhodes, Linda Rodriguez, Nicole Spensley

Members Absent: Dara Glass, Miles Loadholt

Ex-Officio Present: Melissa Wilson

Guests: Ginny Horvath, Kate Nolde, Lisa Rosenberg

Welcome and Introductions

Tom Reid welcomed everyone and it was decided that introductions were not necessary as all present had previously been introduced.

Approval of minutes from last meeting

Tom Reid asked if there were any objections to the minutes as sent out via email earlier in the week. There were no objections or changes noted. Minutes were approved with no objections.

Review Status of Search to Date

Ginny Horvath, Senior Consultant with Academic Search, gave an update to the committee on the status of applications received thus far. She stated they had received a “strong response.” She made sure that the committee had been successful logging into the Academic Search website to view the candidates.  The link information had been emailed out to the committee members earlier that morning. Anyone having issues was told to contact Lisa Rosenberg with Academic Search.

Upcoming Key Dates

Ginny Horvath, Senior Consultant with Academic Search, went over the following upcoming key dates:

  • January 29th - Application deadline for full consideration
  • February 15th by 4pm – Send your Top 10 candidates to Lisa (Candidate #s and initials only)
  • February 18th - Next Committee Meeting to discuss whom to interview as semi-finalists
  • Semi-finalist interviews will be held early March via Zoom

Q&A – regarding review status and aforementioned dates. 

Executive Session

Tom Reid asked for a Motion for Executive Session—Under S.C. Code of Laws Sec. 30-4-70—To discuss the future possible appointment of persons to lead UofSC Aiken, a public body, specifically candidates for the position of Chancellor of UofSC Aiken. The motion was so moved by Kevin Kerr and seconded by Theresa Haas.

Meeting adjourned

Monday, November 23, 2020
3:00 pm via Zoom Meeting

Members Present: Tom Reid (Chair), Betty Abraham-Settles, Sam Boyd, Stephanie Franklin, Teresa Haas, Katlyn Johnson, Brook Keisler, Kevin Kerr, Blake Leaphart, Tim Lintner, Miles Loadholt, Derrick Meggie, Lynne Rhodes, Linda Rodriguez, Nicole Spensley

Members Absent: Dara Glass

Ex-Officio Present: Melissa Wilson

Guests: Ginny Horvath, Kate Nolde, Lisa Rosenberg, Terry Parham, President Bob Caslen, Rodney Lippard, Kerri Charles, Laura Foreman, Susie O’Connor, Blakeley (Aiken Standard), L Duncan

New Business:

1. Introductions

a. Search Firm Members
b. Search Committee Members
c. Guests

2. Terry Parham, General Counsel UofSC – FOIA

a. Notice of Requirement –agenda, date time, place, as early as practicable but at least 24 hours in advance
b. Agenda – posted at time of notice
c. Keep Minutes – date time place, attendees, absentees, guests, substance of all matters, posted within a reasonable amount of time
d. Executive Session (ES) allowed for certain matters – discussion of employment/appointment, motion w/purpose “discuss candidates for the purpose of UofSC Aiken Chancellor,” say why and vote to go into ES; no votes, polls or minutes taken in ES
e. Key tips:
i. Violations can be challenged in court.
ii. Assume what you write will be disclosed, so be judicious.
iii. Every email regarding the search in a public document.
iv. What do you do if the media contacts you? “I am sorry but I cannot discuss that with you. Feel free to contact our search chair.”

f. Q&A – regarding FOIA and legal matters related to the search process

3. Tom Reid, Search Committee Chair

a. Appreciation of your help in this daunting task
b. Lots of perspectives and open sharing
c. Confidential Agreements to Melissa ASAP
i. Safe place for us to be able to discuss

4. Kate Nolde, Senior Consultant with Academic Search

a. Constituency Groups contacted for pre-search meetings
b. Survey
c. Questions that were asked in both

5. Ginny Horvath, Senior Consultant with Academic Search

a. Timeline – step-by-step
b. Weekly updates will be given to Tom during the recruitment period
c. Search Committee Meeting #2: January 19th
i. Orientation to the applicant website
ii. Credential Review
d. January 29th – application deadline for full consideration
e. February 15th @ 4pm – 1st review of applications due. Send your Top 10 to Lisa
f. Search Committee Meeting #3: February 18th
i. Selecting Semifinalist Interviewees
g. March 1st – 3rd – Semi Finalist Interviews
h. March22nd – 29th – Finalist Interviews
i. Early April - Final Selection
j. Survey results will be shared. There were about 90 responses.
k. Job Profile will be sent out next Monday. Send feedback directly to Ginny. Turnaround by Wednesday evening.
l. Same thing regarding the ad.
m. Messages will come from Melissa primarily. Lisa is the back-up.
n. Minutes – Melissa and Lisa will be taking and they will be posted on the Chancellor Search website
o. Reminder – review the email from Cliff Scott with UofSC EEO Office
i. Listen to Recording
ii. Review PowerPoint
p. Q&A – regarding nomination process, scheduling conflicts with SACSCOC, etc., advertising plan and who will have input, # of applications we could have

6. Tom Reid, Search Committee Chair

a. Expressed gratitude again for all of the members and their time and input

7. Bob Caslen, UofSC System President

a. Read the Charge to the Committee

8. Tom Reid, search Committee Chair

a. Stay on the lookout for emails from Melissa

Meeting adjourned