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Old 11-30-2016, 09:07 AM   #1
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Looks like things are moving quickly and we may have a new president named next week. Has anybody been going to the public interviews? Any insights other than what is written in the newspapers?

They refer to Wohlpart as the internal candidate, but he only came in 2015. How has he be received as an interim president? He seems like he has been rather active in leadership as an interim.
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Looks like things are moving quickly and we may have a new president named next week. Has anybody been going to the public interviews? Any insights other than what is written in the newspapers?

They refer to Wohlpart as the internal candidate, but he only came in 2015. How has he be received as an interim president? He seems like he has been rather active in leadership as an interim.
I'm hoping he's selected. Very out-going, approachable, at many athletic events, both sides of Hudson speak highly of him...
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Old 11-30-2016, 09:38 AM   #3
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It would be interesting to know more about the former Temple president's interaction with what sounded like activist trustees, particularly in light of our regents. It is tough being the smaller school in a regent system.
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Here is an article with more info about the former Temple president. Seems that cancelling some sports may have had something to do with it, among many others. University presidents and ADs always seem to pay the price for cancelling sports. Ironically, Temple appointed as interim provost the same person that he was trying to hire for that position.

http://www.philly.com/philly/educati...urces_say.html
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Here is an article with more info about the former Temple president. Seems that cancelling some sports may have had something to do with it, among many others. University presidents and ADs always seem to pay the price for cancelling sports. Ironically, Temple appointed as interim provost the same person that he was trying to hire for that position.

http://www.philly.com/philly/educati...urces_say.html
He ended sports to get inline with peer institutions in the AAC. Their spending, and number of sports, was way out of line with the AAC and peer institutions.
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I'm hoping he's selected. Very out-going, approachable, at many athletic events, both sides of Hudson speak highly of him...
This is my hope too. He's very warm and approachable, supports athletics, and I've never heard anything negative about him.
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Old 11-30-2016, 06:58 PM   #7
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How long do university presidents typically stay at one school, especially at smaller institutions like UNI? I know the Regents are responsible for extending the contracts, but just curious if most presidents leap around frequently for more pay and/or prestige.

The third candidate Mark Nook looks to have a busy resume with three different schools since 2007. Don't know if that broad experience will be looked on favorably or if the recent moves will have the Regents and staff wondering if UNI will have to have another search in 3 years (or less).
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How long do university presidents typically stay at one school, especially at smaller institutions like UNI? I know the Regents are responsible for extending the contracts, but just curious if most presidents leap around frequently for more pay and/or prestige.

The third candidate Mark Nook looks to have a busy resume with three different schools since 2007. Don't know if that broad experience will be looked on favorably or if the recent moves will have the Regents and staff wondering if UNI will have to have another search in 3 years (or less).

For comparison purposes, here are the past presidents of Northern Illinois:
Richard J. Nelson, 1971-1978
William R. Monat, 1978-1984
Clyde Wingfield, 1985-1986
John E. La Tourette, 1986-2000
John G. Peters, 2000-2013

Illinois State:
Samuel E. Braden, 1967-70
David K. Berlo, 1971-73
Gene A. Budig, 1973-77
Lloyd Watkins, 1977-88
Thomas Wallace, 1988-95
David A. Strand, 1995-99
Victor John Boschini, Jr. 1999-2003
C. Alvin Bowman, 2004-2013

Two more than 10 years!
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Old 11-30-2016, 08:44 PM   #9
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These are UNI's past presidents:

James Cleland Gilchrist: 1876-1886
Homer Horatio Seerley: 1886-1928
Orval Ray Latham: 1928-1940
Malcolm Poyer Price: 1940-1950
James William Maucker: 1951-1970
John Joseph Kamerick: 1970-1983
Constantine William Curris: 1983-1995
Robert D. Koob: 1995-2006
Benjamin Allen: 2006-2013
William Ruud: 2013-2016
Jim Wohlpart (interim): 2016-Present

Outside of Ruud, it looks like UNI prefers a longer serving president, and maybe Ruud would have stayed longer if not for whatever the reasons were with the Regents.
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These are UNI's past presidents:

James Cleland Gilchrist: 1876-1886
Homer Horatio Seerley: 1886-1928
Orval Ray Latham: 1928-1940
Malcolm Poyer Price: 1940-1950
James William Maucker: 1951-1970
John Joseph Kamerick: 1970-1983
Constantine William Curris: 1983-1995
Robert D. Koob: 1995-2006
Benjamin Allen: 2006-2013
William Ruud: 2013-2016
Jim Wohlpart (interim): 2016-Present

Outside of Ruud, it looks like UNI prefers a longer serving president, and maybe Ruud would have stayed longer if not for whatever the reasons were with the Regents.
Few schools may boast a Homer, an Orval and a Constantine among past presidents.
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Old 12-02-2016, 10:44 AM   #11
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Any comments on the third candidate. All I know is what I read in the DM Register this morning. The article really focused on his comments, experience, and understanding of the unique type of institution UNI is.

I wish all of the candidate would talk more about how they envision leading UNI in the midst of a regent system that has lots of competition among schools and sometimes a disadvantage for UNI. The possibility that Ruud was hamstrung by the regents in really fighting for the position of UNI in the state was one of the things that really bugged me about the reports of him leaving.
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My gut tells me it's between the first two, and it isn't close.

Why? I have no idea. Just a feeling.
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Old 12-05-2016, 12:09 AM   #13
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I believe all the candidates brought unique strengths:

Theobald is an excellent fundraiser with experience at larger institutions; he'll help UNI take that important next step from regional to national. I'm always a fan of someone wit his kind of experience because it means he knows how to keep his cool in the face of chaos, crisis and threats.

Wohlpart is extremely likeable, sincere and has done a great job in working with students, and re-establishing a community where people value one another. His weakness is executive leadership. That's something he can learn, though . . . yes?

Nook understands Universities in the regional comprehensive category; has fundraising experience (let's don't kid ourselves about the importance of looking for funds outside of that we get from tuition and the state), and he's wicked smart and insightful.
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I believe all the candidates brought unique strengths:

Theobald is an excellent fundraiser with experience at larger institutions; he'll help UNI take that important next step from regional to national. I'm always a fan of someone wit his kind of experience because it means he knows how to keep his cool in the face of chaos, crisis and threats.

Wohlpart is extremely likeable, sincere and has done a great job in working with students, and re-establishing a community where people value one another. His weakness is executive leadership. That's something he can learn, though . . . yes?

Nook understands Universities in the regional comprehensive category; has fundraising experience (let's don't kid ourselves about the importance of looking for funds outside of that we get from tuition and the state), and he's wicked smart and insightful.
Thanks for your thoughts. Looking forward to hearing what happens when the regents meet.
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My gut tells me it's between the first two, and it isn't close.

Why? I have no idea. Just a feeling.
Okay....so it's between Theobald and Wohlpart....but it's not close. In your mind, who's got the edge??
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Oh, average tenure of a university president today is five years. Five measly years.
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Okay....so it's between Theobald and Wohlpart....but it's not close. In your mind, who's got the edge??
I said I don't think its close between those two and the third.

I also said I have no idea why, nor anything along those lines. It' just a hunch that I have based entirely on nothing other than initial reaction.

For all I know it's Nook by a mile
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I said I don't think its close between those two and the third.

I also said I have no idea why, nor anything along those lines. It' just a hunch that I have based entirely on nothing other than initial reaction.

For all I know it's Nook by a mile
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Thanks for the clarification. I thought you were saying that it was close between Nos. 1 and 2, and that between them it was not a close race.
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Thanks for the clarification. I thought you were saying that it was close between Nos. 1 and 2, and that between them it was not a close race.
Oh, no. I know nothing of the happenings around. Just based on my reading on the candidates and basing my "gut" reaction is it's the first two. Maybe that's because by the time the 3rd one came out I was tired of reading about them. It just seems someone with existing UNI ties would be a good fit and Theobald's resume reads better than Nook IMO.

I'm watching the forums for each. Maybe I'll change my mind after that.
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I liked Theobald's forum the best and like that he's from a major market and larger university. He would be my choice based solely on this process.

However, I think it will be Wohlpart. He's well liked around campus, he knows UNI and he can hit the ground running. He feels like the guy they hired as provost knowing that the relationship with Ruud may not have been salvageable at the Regents level.

I don't think you can go wrong with either.

I thought Nook was a distant, distant third. He came off as that guy that thinks he knows all of your inside jokes and stands on the edge of your group of friends and just nervously laughs when everyone else does.
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Oh, average tenure of a university president today is five years. Five measly years.
Who has final say on the job?

If the Regents themselves, look for the hire to be whomever will not make waves of any kind for them. They might appreciate someone who tries to find money outside of the legislature, to make their lives easier. But they know that the gov. and leg. will not change the allocation model as it is, unless it is to make further cuts.
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Oh, average tenure of a university president today is five years. Five measly years.
Totally off topic, but fantastic choice with the screen name. Wasn't she played by Lee Meriwether?
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Regents have final say in the hire.

Thanks for the compliment on the screen name! I've always loved the movie and I think it was, indeed, Lee Meriwether who played the role.
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It's Mark Nook, according to the Regents' online meeting.
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See. I was completely wrong.

I'll have to go watch his forum now.
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Be encouraged guys.

Very, very invested in athletics and performing arts. He comes across awkward because he's literally a rocket scientist and we know how those guys tend to be.

We should be thrilled that we got a great pool of candidates. UNI is a great place.
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Many campus people will be disappointed...
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I think Nook will do a good job! He has a lot of administrative experience with similar institutions and did a nice job in the interview process. Hopefully Wohlpart will stick around for awhile because he is a very good provost!
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Many campus people will be disappointed...
Specifically why? I'm not necessarily disagreeing, just trying to understand.
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Specifically why? I'm not necessarily disagreeing, just trying to understand.
Wohlport is well liked on both sides of Hudson and has done a really good job as interim moving UNI forward. Comments I've heard is he is great to work with. I've heard him speak more than once and was impressed by his vision for UNI.
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Many campus people will be disappointed...
understatement of the year....and now he'll be moving somewhere else most likely....so yeah, not impressed today
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understatement of the year
I feel an explanation on these statements is needed.
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basically the same a '73 said he was doing a good job in the interim and was well liked by everyone.
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Many campus people will be disappointed...
Hopefully people will be open minded and give the new guy a chance. And Wohlpart should stick around, afterall given Nook's resume of hopping around and the average tenure of a university president of five years, Wohlpart will get his chance again. I do hope Nook does very well here and stays for a while to accomplish good things for UNI and Cedar Valley.
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basically the same a '73 said he was doing a good job in the interim and was well liked by everyone.
So it's based on the fact that Nook got the job over him and not based on anything "personal" about Nook.
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