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Notice of Meetings

Office of the Chancellor

Notice for March 1, 2021 and March 3, 2021 Meetings

March 1, 2021

9:15 am – 9:30 am

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March 3, 2021

Anticipated to be about 4:00 pm but could be later

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Notice for February 18, 2021 Meeting

February 18, 2021

1:00 – 5:00 pm

UofSC Aiken, Penland Administration Building, Room 113

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Notice for January 22, 2021 Meeting

January 22, 2021

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

UofSC Aiken, Penland Administration Building, Room 110

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Notice for November 23, 2020 Meeting

Hello everyone,

On Monday afternoon, November 23rd, the Search Committee for the new UofSC Aiken Chancellor position will hold their first meeting. Please see the attached agenda with details to include the date and time of meeting and Zoom link since the meeting will be virtual.  This is the official public notice of this meeting.

View Meeting Agenda

Also, by the middle of next week, the Chancellor Search website will go live and will contain the following information:

  • Information on the Search Firm – Academic Search
  • Process to Nominate a Candidate
  • Committee Meeting Minutes and Future Meetings Details
  • Search Process Progress
  • Listing of Committee Members
  • Comments and/or Questions Area

We will send out another email once the website is live. Thank you all and have a great weekend. 

Melissa Wilson

Assistant Director Human Resources/Benefits Administrator

Pre-Search Meetings, November 16-19, 2020

The pre-search process led by Academic Search senior consultants has three primary purposes:

  • To ensure that Academic Search is well-informed about UofSC Aiken and the Chancellor position so that we may perform our consultative role with genuine understanding and sensitivity.
  • To give people from a variety of constituencies an opportunity to share their perspectives about institutional strengths, current challenges, and priorities for the next Chancellor. It is essential for these views to be known at the beginning of the search because they will inform the recruitment process and build confidence in the search.
  • To enable Academic Search to produce a search profile that outlines key institutional needs and priorities, proposes a related set of desired characteristics and talents to guide the search process, and suggests procedures for the search itself.

The search profile is immediately useful in helping the search committee to build consensus about priorities and procedures for the search. It is also helpful at the end of the search in ensuring clarity of expectations with the appointee during the negotiating process. Finally, it is invaluable to the appointee in their first months and years in office.

To accomplish these purposes, the consultants complete a comprehensive interview schedule (via Zoom) with all relevant constituent groups, conduct a survey about UofSC Aiken’s priorities for the next Chancellor, and carefully review relevant institutional publications. The following set of conversations took place over the course of three + days:

30-minute individual sessions with each of the following:

  • The University of South Carolina President
  • Chancellor Sandra Jordan
  • Members of the Chancellor’s senior leadership team (individually) and their staffs

Group sessions (1-hour) with the following:

  • Academic Council (department chairs and deans)
  • Leadership Assembly (directors across divisions)
  • Faculty Assembly (tenured and untenured; adjunct; across disciplines): two sessions
  • Staff Assembly (all levels of administrators)
  • Students and student leaders (SGA, Chancellor Ambassadors, academic life, athletes)
  • Faculty Welfare Committee
  • Aiken Partnership Board and Alumni of the university
  • Aiken County Commission for Higher Education (ACCHE)

Open session (1-hour): an open listening session for faculty, administrators, staff, students, and community member to allow for optional attendance.

November 11, 2020 Communication from the Committee Chair to the campus community

Good afternoon,

One of the most important tasks faced by our university is the selection of our next chancellor. This morning President Caslen asked me to serve as chair of the search committee, and I have accepted.

The early stages of this search require critical assessments of the institution’s mission and how constituencies will be allowed to participate in the overall selection process positively and inclusively. Understanding where we want to go will guide us in knowing the qualities and skills we seek in applicants for this critical position.

To achieve these objectives, the USC System has retained the services of Academic Search, an executive search firm that focuses on higher education cabinet-level positions. That agency will use its extensive databases and network to build a pool of qualified candidates from across the nation.

Additionally, some preliminary work has commenced collecting information about the university that will be of interest to potential candidates and included on the search website.

Once the campus search committee has been formed, Academic Search will conduct discovery interviews with consistency groups and stakeholders beginning next Monday, November 16. These interviews will be held via Zoom. Please be on the lookout for communications from Melissa Wilson, if you have been selected to participate in the discovery process.

We will then start posting information and timelines concerning the search process on our website at James Raby will alert you when that site goes live.


Thomas Reid, PhD