Updates

january 15, 2019

The Claflin University Presidential Search Committee has been working with our AGB Search consulting team throughout the launch of our presidential search. The advertisements announcing the presidential search and the extensive outreach efforts by the AGB Search team began in mid-December and are yielding a good response. We will be receiving nominations, inquiries and applications until an appointment is made, but February 1 is the deadline to receive full consideration. Anyone wishing to make an inquiry, nomination or application should follow the process outlined in the Search Profile, which is available on Claflin’s web site under “Presidential Search.” The committee has a timeline we are following and the committee has just received an extensive status report from our consulting team – we remain on schedule. Committee members received training on processes related to their duties and responsibilities in assessing candidates. We continue to urge all of the university family to pray regularly and earnestly for the committee members and all those who will be a part of the search process as we seek God’s guidance. Thank you for your support.

Calvin Elam, Chair
Claflin University Presidential Search Committee


December 2018

The Claflin University Board of Trustees established a Presidential Search Committee following the retirement announcement of President Henry Tisdale.  The Search Committee interviewed several companies that offer search assistance to universities and selected AGB Search and their consultants Dr. Paul Corts and Dr. Carlton Brown, and search advisor Artis Hampshire-Cowan. Working with the search consulting team the committee began forming the search process and deciding on a number of details important to the structure of the search.  A timeline was established with the goal to have the committee recommendation to the board of trustees on or before their spring board meeting.  The committee agreed on a commitment to strict confidentiality throughout the entire search process to ensure that candidates will know that they can participate in our search with confidence that only committee members will know their identity.  The committee selected eight constituencies representing the broad university family to provide input through a survey and focus groups as the committee worked on forming a presidential profile for the search.  

We also agreed to provide periodic updates to the university community and general public, acknowledging that those communication updates will provide information about the search process status but will share absolutely no information about candidates.  The committee also agreed to direct all questions, inquiries, nominations, and applications to the search committee’s consultants.  All who are interested in following the progress of the search are invited to check periodically at this web site for the most recent updates.  The committee anticipates posting updates approximately once a month.  Representing a Christian university, committee members have also committed to pray earnestly for God’s leadership and for spiritual discernment throughout the search process.  In that regard, we invite all of the university family to join in and support the committee by remembering to pray for all those involved in this important process to select our next president.

Calvin Elam, Chair
Claflin University Presidential Search Committee 

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