A New Way To Hire College Presidents (Opinion)

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Here’s an idea for Shirvani as he starts to exercise his new power as chancellor of the North Dakota higher education system:

Invite James Garland for a visit.

Garland is a former dean at Ohio State University and president of Miami University of Ohio. But for North Dakota’s purposes, he’s important because he has written extensively about an academic practice that’s ripe for reform: how universities, especially state universities, find and hire new presidents.

The first order of business should be reforming search committees.

A 2009 committee to find a president for the University of Illinois showed the problem, Garland wrote.

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