Regents approve committee to find Hasselmo’s successor

by Brian Bakst

An advisory search committee to help find a successor for University President Nils Hasselmo was approved Friday by the Board of Regents.
The committee, composed of 11 members, will work to submit finalists names to the regents by November, said Board of Regents Chairman Tom Reagan.
Hasselmo, who said he intends to return to teaching, plans to step down from his position on June 30, 1997. The new president would likely start in April or May in order to help smooth the transition between administrations.
The committee includes:
ù Gerald Christensen, former chancellor of the Minnesota Community College System, who represents the Legislature.
ù Win Wallin, chairman of Medtronic Inc. and a leader in the $30.5 million University Cancer Center fund-raising drive, who represents Gov. Arne Carlson.
ù David Roe, former president of the Minnesota AFL-CIO, who represents Minnesota organized labor.
ù Tom Moe, a University alumnus and Minneapolis attorney, who represents the University Alumni Association.
ù Judge Diana Murphy of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, who represents the University Foundation.
ù Mahlon Schneider, vice president of Hormel Foods Corp., who represents Minnesota business.
ù University General College Dean David Taylor, who represents University deans.
ù Matt Musel, former Minnesota Student Association president, who represents students.
ù Leonard Kuhi, astronomy professor and Hasselmo’s former senior vice president for Academic Affairs, who represents faculty members.
ù Jim Imholte, history professor and former chancellor at the Morris campus, who represents faculty members.
ù Patricia Morrow, a University ecology professor, who represents faculty members.

Murphy and Morrow were the only two women chosen by the Board. Taylor was the only person of color.
The Legislature, the state’s organized labor unions, the University Alumni Association, the University Foundation Board, the Minnesota Business Partnership, University deans and the University student government each nominated three candidates. Gov. Carlson only made one nomination. The faculty nominated nine candidates for three positions on the committee.
Regents Wendell Anderson, Stanley Sahlstrom and Jean Keffeler reviewed the 31 nominations representing the nine groups.
Regent Hyon Kim said she is concerned about the lack of diversity among the committee. But she said her first priority is to find a qualified president by the end of the year that can successfully bring the University into the next millennium.
Kim said she is confident that committee members such as Musel and Taylor will do their best to make sure minority views are represented. She said she also believes minorities will be fairly considered as candidates for the presidency.
“(The regents) will ultimately choose, and hopefully they should bring forth some women and minorities,” Kim said.
The director of the University’s Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action office, Stephanie Lieberman, will serve as an equal opportunity adviser to the committee.
The committee will work in conjunction with Korn-Ferry International, the consulting firm hired by the University in March. The firm helped find former Academic Health Center Provost William Brody and JoAnne Jackson, senior vice president for Finance and Operations.
Regent Thomas Reagan said the Board will also be involved in the search and will make the final selection of the new president.
Reagan said, “We consider it our top priority for the coming months, and will work vigorously searching for the finest candidates.”
Eight to 10 semi-finalists will be interviewed by the advisory committee before a final list of three to five names is submitted to regents.