The committee seeking a new chancellor for the University of Nebraska Medical Center plans to bring finalists for the job to campus in May.
At least four candidates will be named finalists and publicly disclosed, said Dr. James Linder, the chairman of the UNMC chancellor search committee. More than four people will be interviewed in person, and more than that will be reviewed by the committee and interviewed over the phone, Linder said.
UNMC employs more than 5,000 staff members and has an operating budget of nearly $600 million, of which nearly 22 percent comes from the state.
The visits will allow the public and UNMC leadership, faculty and staff a chance to learn more about the candidates, Linder said. The committee will gather opinions from people who talk with the candidates and will factor those into the selection process, he said.
The visits also allow the candidates to learn more about UNMC and give UNMC a chance to sell itself, he said. “These individuals have their pick of leadership positions.”
Linder declined to say how many applications had been received, saying that could discourage more. So far, he said, the panel has had “a strong response, and some really talented individuals have expressed an interest.”
That reflects UNMC's position as a strong institution “on a good, upward trajectory,” Linder said.
Dr. Harold Maurer, UNMC chancellor since 1998, last year announced his plans to step down June 30 to lead fundraising efforts for the UNMC cancer center project. University of Nebraska President J.B. Milliken named the 14-member search committee in November.
“All of these applicants have significant positions in their current institutions,” Linder said. “They are absolutely, positively concerned about confidentiality so they don't jeopardize their current role.”
The job description on the University of Nebraska website says the next UNMC chancellor will be expected to lead the development of a clear and compelling vision and plan for UNMC's future; to strengthen the partnership with the Nebraska Medical Center, UNMC's hospital partner; to improve the quality and efficiency of clinical preparation and service; and to enhance UNMC's research and academic profile and capacity.
In addition, the chancellor is expected to cultivate a collaborative, supportive and diverse workplace; to represent and advocate for the campus within the University of Nebraska and more broadly; to continue to represent UNMC to the private sector; and to attract and develop the financial resources to achieve the ambitions of the campus.
Isaacson, Miller, a Boston-based executive search firm, is assisting the search panel. The University of Nebraska is paying the firm $165,000 for its work.
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