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paintmered
02-03-2007, 02:32 PM
http://www.dispatch.com/news-story.php?story=dispatch/2007/02/03/20070203-D1-03.html


OSU sets standards high for its next president
Saturday, February 03, 2007
Kathy Lynn Gray
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

Let the speculation begin.

Ohio State University trustees approved a laundry list of qualifications yesterday that they want in the school’s next president, a list that made one national expert ask, "Are they expecting all those characteristics in one person? "

Ohio State President Karen A. Holbrook is retiring in June, and trustees hope to have a new leader by then. A 24-member search committee and a search firm compiled the profile last month and expect to begin culling through candidates soon.

Trustee Alex Shumate, head of the search committee, wouldn’t reveal any potential candidates’ names or even how many there are on the list. But several names surfaced yesterday when current and former leaders from national university associations and search firms were asked who might be in the pool.

The two mentioned most often were University of Cincinnati President Nancy L. Zimpher and Arizona State University President Michael M. Crow.

But Claire Van Ummersen, vice president for the Center for Effective Leadership at the American Council on Education, said there are 30 or 40 others across the country who would meet the broad qualifications that the board has set.

"This is a highly desirable job that has to attract a host of desirable candidates," said Sheldon Steinbach, a Washington lawyer who until recently worked for the American Council on Education. "If you have a good search firm, they will bring people out of the woodwork who would not necessarily be thought of as a candidate."

Besides attributes such as being a visionary, an innovator, an intellectual and a great communicator, the board is looking for someone with leadership experience at an urban university and a land-grant institution that’s also a teaching and research university.

Candidates could include people who currently hold positions at those types of schools or who previously held them, said Peter Magrath, former director of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges.

That widens the list.

But one criterion not in the profile might narrow the field considerably. Shumate wants a president who would stay at the university for eight to 10 years.

"The pools are very shallow when you start applying criteria like this," education headhunter Bill Funk said. "People don’t get to be presidents the first time until they’re in their 50s."

Funk said the competition is strong now for presidents of big universities because three other Big 10 searches are going on: Purdue University, the University of Iowa and Indiana University. Funk is conducting the Purdue search.

Both Crow and Zimpher meet OSU’s qualifications regarding leadership at land-grant, metropolitan, research universities.

Crow, 51, has extensive research background as vice provost at Columbia University in New York and as a research director at Iowa State University, which is a land-grant school.

He is considered an innovative and entrepreneurial leader who has been praised for rapidly increasing the amount of research done at Arizona State.

Zimpher, 60, has land-grant experience from Ohio State, where she was an executive dean in the College of Education. Before she became UC’s president in 2003 she was chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

She’s led the charge in recent years to bring more accountability to Ohio universities in exchange for state funding to improve Ohio’s economy.

Neither Crow nor Zimpher is known to be looking for another job.

In November, Zimpher’s board extended her contract until 2009 and announced that it wants to negotiate another five-year contract with her.

Zimpher could not be reached late yesterday.

A spokesman for Arizona State said that Crow said the OSU search is "nothing I know anything about."


:pray: :pray: :pray:

traderumor
02-03-2007, 02:40 PM
Arizona State University President Michael M. Crow
Any relation to Jim?

Reds4Life
02-03-2007, 03:20 PM
Hopefully she leaves. She already ruined herself around here, so it's best for her and the University if she moves on.

Caseyfan21
02-03-2007, 04:04 PM
Hopefully she leaves. She already ruined herself around here, so it's best for her and the University if she moves on.

No, I absolutely think she's doing a great job and should sign on for a few more years. I wouldn't want OSU to take such a great leader away from UC. :mooner:

Let's hope this Crow guy has a great interview and is hired over Nancy. OSU already seems to have had the ASU pipeline with former football coach John Cooper and current AD Gene Smith. Let's make it another.

Heath
02-03-2007, 04:19 PM
OSU will not hire Nancy Zimpher.

:pray:

I'd rather have E. Gordon Gee back.

Plus, I'm wondering if it's not time for an OSU alum to get the job. There are a few out there.

BTW - Karen Holbrook wasn't here long enough to break in the office furniture.

paintmered
02-03-2007, 04:30 PM
OSU will not hire Nancy Zimpher.



Don't underestimate the lady's popularity within academia circles.

Heath
02-03-2007, 04:43 PM
Don't underestimate the lady's popularity within academia circles.

But the loads of free advertising given to the school by showcasing their athletic programs rides hand in hand with how university programs work. Don't think for a second that the Huggins incident would be brought up in her interview. (If she gets one)

Caseyfan21
02-03-2007, 05:48 PM
OSU will not hire Nancy Zimpher.

:pray:


Keep the prayers coming. She seems to be the perfect candidate being Karen's buddy and having OSU ties. I'm scared to death she will end up here.

Reds4Life
02-03-2007, 07:45 PM
Keep the prayers coming. She seems to be the perfect candidate being Karen's buddy and having OSU ties. I'm scared to death she will end up here.

I'd say the odds are pretty good she will. I deal with a lot of UC boosters at work (their names are on buildings around campus) and they seem to be pretty convinced she won't be here much longer.

I don't care where she goes, just as long as she leaves.

LoganBuck
02-04-2007, 08:43 AM
UC fans don't get it, do they? Nancy Zimpher is doing a fine job. The basketball program and football program do not define the university. I would argue that both of those institutions are better off today then the day she arrived on campus. From my understanding from cousins that attend UC, (one entered UC undergrad in 1997, took a few years to work, and is now back at UC in law school who has observed the changes up close and personal) and they are very pleased with how things are shaping up on campus. Nancy Zimpher deserves alot of credit. I hear that there is lots of construction on campus, and that the academic programs are improving. Now there are even rumblings about a new basketball arena. A university president would have her hands in that as well. Hate her or like her, she does not bend to public pressure. If she comes to Ohio State, I doubt she does anything but succeed. Karen Holbrook, William Kirwin, and Gordon Gee were all people that had brought out strong opinions, and many will tell you they didn't like any of them. Ohio State is stronger than ever, despite the anti beer drinking tailgate rules.

paintmered
02-04-2007, 01:58 PM
UC fans don't get it, do they? Nancy Zimpher is doing a fine job. The basketball program and football program do not define the university. I would argue that both of those institutions are better off today then the day she arrived on campus. From my understanding from cousins that attend UC, (one entered UC undergrad in 1997, took a few years to work, and is now back at UC in law school who has observed the changes up close and personal) and they are very pleased with how things are shaping up on campus. Nancy Zimpher deserves alot of credit. I hear that there is lots of construction on campus, and that the academic programs are improving. Now there are even rumblings about a new basketball arena. A university president would have her hands in that as well. Hate her or like her, she does not bend to public pressure. If she comes to Ohio State, I doubt she does anything but succeed. Karen Holbrook, William Kirwin, and Gordon Gee were all people that had brought out strong opinions, and many will tell you they didn't like any of them. Ohio State is stronger than ever, despite the anti beer drinking tailgate rules.

Umm....I'm a fifth-year senior at UC and have seen all too well the harm she has done to this school. UC is in a financial crisis. There's a hiring and tenure freeze. My department lost two well-respected instructors because of it. The dean she hired to run my college couldn't find Cincinnati on a map when asked. He also didn't know UC had an engineering school (let along a well respected one) until he heard about the job vacancy. But of course he got the job.

I have plenty of reasons to disapprove of the job she's doing outside of what she did to Huggins. I've forgiven her for that. I can't forgive her for what she's done to my college. The very first point of her UC|21 plan is to "place students first." Everything she has done in her tenure at UC has shown that to be a total farce.

But apparently I just don't get it because you still think this is about athletics.

LoganBuck
02-04-2007, 02:55 PM
Umm....I'm a fifth-year senior at UC and have seen all too well the harm she has done to this school. UC is in a financial crisis. There's a hiring and tenure freeze. My department lost two well-respected instructors because of it. The dean she hired to run my college couldn't find Cincinnati on a map when asked. He also didn't know UC had an engineering school (let along a well respected one) until he heard about the job vacancy. But of course he got the job.

I have plenty of reasons to disapprove of the job she's doing outside of what she did to Huggins. I've forgiven her for that. I can't forgive her for what she's done to my college. The very first point of her UC|21 plan is to "place students first." Everything she has done in her tenure at UC has shown that to be a total farce.

But apparently I just don't get it because you still think this is about athletics.

I have a cousin in the law school, and several undergrads one in business and another in engineering (he is considering a transfer to Ohio State, because of a girl). They are quite happy. Thats all I have to go on. I guess my response is based mostly on the fact that the only thing that most people know about Nancy Zimpher is the fact that she got rid of Huggins.

Reds4Life
02-04-2007, 03:05 PM
I have a cousin in the law school, and several undergrads one in business and another in engineering (he is considering a transfer to Ohio State, because of a girl). They are quite happy. Thats all I have to go on. I guess my response is based mostly on the fact that the only thing that most people know about Nancy Zimpher is the fact that she got rid of Huggins.

She has made plenty of offensive statements that have nothing to do with athletics. I work with a guy that has an undergrad from UC, MBA from Xavier, and currently has 2 sons in the engineering program at UC. He isn't interested in college athletics and can't stand Zimpher, and he won't donate anything to the school until she is gone. This runs much deeper than Bob Huggins.

You mentioned the construction earlier, she gets no credit for that. Funding for nearly every project on campus right now was raised by Joe Steger, not Nancy Zimpher.

acredsfan
02-05-2007, 12:27 PM
You mentioned the construction earlier, she gets no credit for that. Funding for nearly every project on campus right now was raised by Joe Steger, not Nancy Zimpher.You are exactly right, jokes about UC standing for "under construction" were around way before Nancy. I also attend UC and the financial strains and bad decisions made by Nancy are very apparent. The arguements about the sports not making up an university are not very accurate. When basketball is what the University lived on for so long from the memories of Oscar Robinson to the program that Bob Huggins rebuilt and made great, then they rely greatly on the funds it produced. If they really believed that sports weren't a big deal then why are they making a push to make the football team better?

Cedric
02-05-2007, 12:47 PM
I have a cousin in the law school, and several undergrads one in business and another in engineering (he is considering a transfer to Ohio State, because of a girl). They are quite happy. Thats all I have to go on. I guess my response is based mostly on the fact that the only thing that most people know about Nancy Zimpher is the fact that she got rid of Huggins.

We don't get it but that's all the "info" you had?

I guess you would know more than grad students and 5th year students at the University.

Unassisted
03-29-2007, 10:50 AM
http://dispatch.com/dispatch/content/local_news/stories/2007/03/28/zimpher.html


Potential OSU presidential candidate to stay put
Wednesday, March 28, 2007 10:15 AM
By Kathy Lynn Gray
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

Hands off, OSU!

That's the message the University of Cincinnati's Board of Trustees sent yesterday as it gave President Nancy Zimpher a new contract that will tether her to the school until 2012.

Experts had named Zimpher as a possible candidate for the Ohio State University presidency, which Karen A. Holbrook will vacate at the end of June. Zimpher is a former executive dean of OSU's College of Education.

The OSU Presidential Search Committee has not named any official candidates.

Zimpher has been at Cincinnati since 2003. Her initial contract ran until 2008, but the university's board extended it to 2009 in November after word of OSU's possible interest in her became known.

The new contract gives Zimpher these yearly benefits: a $380,164 base salary; $100,000 in deferred compensation; a 15 percent to 30 percent bonus, decided by a board committee; a house; $15,000 for a car; an entertainment budget; and health, retirement, disability, and vacation benefits.

Zimpher said yesterday she won't accept any compensation increase this year because of the uncertainty of state funding and tuition increases. Last year, her total compensation, excluding the house, was $604,825, about $140,000 a year less than in the new contract.

The contract also gives Zimpher's husband, Kenneth R. Howey, a nontenure-track faculty position.

Zimpher or the board could terminate the contract for any reason with a 180-day notice. Ohio State expects to decide on a new president this summer.

kgray@dispatch.com

Red Leader
03-29-2007, 10:56 AM
She didn't get a no trade clause in that thing? Or a trade escalator built in? She's definitely not a Boras client. ;)

paintmered
03-29-2007, 11:08 AM
It just means the amount OSU will have to pay to buy-out her contract increased. ;)

Heath
03-29-2007, 11:54 AM
It just means the amount OSU will have to pay to buy-out her contract increased. ;)

That'll make tax-payers in Ohio happy.....

:D

Matt700wlw
03-29-2007, 03:36 PM
Whatever...buy it out.

:)

TeamBoone
03-29-2007, 03:50 PM
I just saw on the local news (last night I think) that UC just extended her contract for another 5 years.

GAC
03-29-2007, 09:18 PM
I just saw on the local news (last night I think) that UC just extended her contract for another 5 years.

I feel the Bearcats pain.

DTCromer
04-04-2007, 06:40 PM
Nancy Zimpher is doing a fine job. The basketball program and football program do not define the university. I would argue that both of those institutions are better off today then the day she arrived on campus.

I don't mind the firing of Huggins. . . I just minded HOW it happened. She did it all wrong. Oh well, it's over with and I'm over with. I'm also pissed about her hypocrisy when she was at Wisconsin-Milwaukee (or was it Green Bay?) when their basketball program was in worse shape than UC regarding academics.

As far as her getting 5 more years, the UC board of trustees obviously don't know how important athletics are. I think Mike Thomas will end up doing a great job, but Nancy needs to realize the financial importance of having good athletics. Unfortunately, we'll have 5 more years of her bullcrap.

StillFunkyB
04-04-2007, 10:56 PM
For you UC students, I hope she leaves.

I am glad she left Ohio State, and I hope she stays away.