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UMW hires firm for next search
UMW hires search firm to replace ousted President William Frawley


Date published: 8/24/2007

BY JEFF BRANSCOME

A search firm led by a former college president will help the University of Mary Washington replace ousted President William Frawley.

UMW Rector Bill Poole announced the school's choice of Greenwood and Associates Inc. of Florida at a faculty meeting yesterday.

The upcoming search will be much more private than the last one, upsetting some people. The university expects to hire a new leader in March.

The firm is charging the UMW Foundation $92,500--plus travel and other expenses--for its services, which include detailed background information on candidates.

The search process will remain the same this year, with one notable exception. UMW won't hold public forums or release the names of the finalists.

"We feel that publicly announcing finalists stops or discourages some excellent candidates from applying," Poole said at the faculty meeting. "Our goal is to attract the highest quality applicants and assure them of complete confidentiality."

Toward the end of UMW's last search, some complained about a lack of face time with the finalists. Still, a few faculty members interviewed yesterday were fine with the new restrictions.

"We need to accept the fact that the committee will represent our interests," John Pearce, director of UMW's James Monroe Museum, said of the search advisory committee.

Ernest Ackermann, professor of computer science, called the search "very closed," but took a neutral position.

The board has made up its mind about the search and "that, I think, is not a matter of discussion," he said.

Meanwhile, physics professor George King called the situation problematic because faculty play a large role at the college.

"The idea of having it open gives the faculty the sense that you do have input into the process," he said.

The search committee's members will include two faculty representatives, a member of the alumni association, several board of visitors members, and the Student Government Association president.

Jan Greenwood, who served as president of Longwood College and has conducted more than 600 searches, will be its lead consultant. She said yesterday she couldn't comment on the search at this time.

The committee will interview candidates and probably recommend three to 10 to the board of visitors, which does the hiring, Poole said.


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