Committee seeks input in search for next UM-Flint chancellor


University community members are invited to attend two upcoming town halls to provide input directly to a search advisory committee about the desired qualities, experience and areas of focus for a new University of Michigan-Flint chancellor.

The first town hall will take place from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Feb. 7. The second will take place from 9-10:30 a.m. Feb. 12.

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Both town halls will be in the Kiva auditorium of the Harding Mott University Center on the UM-Flint campus.

The committee also plans to meet with specific groups in the UM-Flint community to solicit additional feedback in the coming weeks.

“The Flint campus is an essential part of the University of Michigan, sharing in and helping to realize our values, aspirations and mission,” said President Mark Schlissel, who is co-chairing the 17-member search advisory committee he appointed last month.

“The committee is looking for meaningful input on the ideal type of person to lead UM-Flint into the future,” said Robert Barnett, dean of the UM-Flint School of Education and Human Services, and professor of English in the College of Arts and Sciences. He is the committee’s other co-chair.

“That feedback will be used to develop a well-defined candidate profile to assist the committee and search firm in identifying and recruiting the very best candidates possible for the position.”

The search seeks a successor to Chancellor Susan E. Borrego, who announced she will step down as UM-Flint’s leader when her current term is complete at the end of July.

As with other searches for U-M executive officers including the UM-Dearborn chancellor, the selection process will remain confidential until Schlissel makes his recommendation to the Board of Regents.


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