Southeastern Louisiana University Faculty Senate
Resolution 01-02-1: Search for Southeastern's Next President

WHEREAS the hiring of Southeastern's next President is of the utmost importance to the future
well-being of the university, its faculty, and its students, and
WHEREAS the Board of Supervisors has solicited input from Southeastern's faculty about what
qualities the next president ought to have, and
WHEREAS Southeastern's faculty and their elected representatives in the Faculty Senate
welcome this opportunity to work in cooperation with the Board of Supervisors, and
WHEREAS, at the first meeting of the Faculty Senate for this academic year, senators
discussed the traits, skills, and background they would wish our next President to possess:
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Southeastern Faculty Senate endorse the
Statement Regarding the Qualities Desirable in Our Next President;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate direct its president to present copies of
the statement and this resolution to the entire Board of Supervisors; Dr. Sally Clausen,
System President; and chair of the Board's Search Committee, Dr. Carroll Falcon, when they visit Southeastern's campus on September 5;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate direct its president to present a copy of the statement of qualities to each of the finalists for the Southeastern presidency when they visit the campus in October.

Passed Unanimously August 29, 2001

STATEMENT OF THE SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA UNIVERSITY FACULTY
REGARDING THE QUALITIES ESSENTIAL IN OUR NEXT PRESIDENT

BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE

-Substantial experience as a UNIVERSITY TEACHER

-Substantial experience as an ADMINISTRATOR in academic programs in institutions at least comparable to SLU in size, role, scope, and mission

-Experience in DEVELOPING AND MANAGING LARGE BUDGETS, including balancing the priorities and needs of varied units

-Experience in HIRING AND EVALUATING FACULTY AND SUBORDINATE ADMINISTRATORS in a wide range of disciplines

-Substantial record of PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT in a scholarly or creative field comparable to the level demonstrated by tenured full professors at SLU

-Past ACHIEVEMENT OF TENURE in an academic unit

-An EARNED DOCTORATE

VISION/PHILOSOPHY/GOALS

-Commitment to the VALUE OF ACADEMICS

-CREATIVE APPROACHES to accomplishing the mission of a regional, comprehensive university

-VISION for the future development and enhancement of the programs, facilities, student services, and reputation of the university

-Demonstrated commitment to MAINTAINING AND ENHANCING THE CURRENT POSITIVE EMPHASES of Southeastern Louisiana University:

a. Providing the HIGHEST QUALITY IN ACADEMIC PROGRAMS; adding degree programs in areas that fill recognized state or regional needs
b. Maintaining the STRONG COMMUNICATION LINKS among all constituencies but especially BETWEEN THE FACULTY AND THE ADMINISTRATION
c. Offering students an excellent EDUCATION and solid PREPARATION FOR A PROFESSION enabling them to compete at a national level
d. Creating a POSITIVE LEARNING AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT
e. Setting HIGH STANDARDS for achievement by students, faculty, and administrative staff
f. Ensuring the HIGHEST QUALITY FACULTY by hiring and retaining the strongest candidates both in academic preparation and in commitment to teaching and by striving to compensate faculty at least at SREB averages
g. Guaranteeing FACULTY GOVERNANCE
h. Guaranteeing ACADEMIC FREEDOM
i. Granting TENURE to qualified faculty, according to the principles and procedures elucidated in the Faculty Handbook
j. Hiring SENIOR ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF MEMBERS through national searches
k. Implementing fully the STRATEGIC PLANNING STRUCTURE
l. Providing STUDENT SERVICES PROGRAMS and EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
m. Forging strong INTERACTIVE RELATIONSHIPS in the Florida Parishes
n. Producing BETTER QUALIFIED AND PREPARED ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY TEACHERS
o. Offering a diverse range of CULTURAL ACTIVITIES for students, faculty, staff, and the broader community
p. Assisting nearby school districts in PREPARING SECONDARY STUDENTS to by-pass Developmental English and Mathematics courses and to meet selective admissions requirements

-Ability to meet CURRENT AND FUTURE NEEDS of the university, including the following:

a. Working with the Board of Supervisors, the Board of Regents, the legislative delegation, leaders in the Florida Parishes, alumni, and faculty to IMPROVE AND STABILIZE FUNDING for higher education in general and Southeastern Louisiana University in particular
b. RAISING EXTERNAL FUNDS
c. PLANNING FOR the CONTINUED SUCCESS of the university
d. Achieving GREATER DIVERSITY among faculty, staff, and the student population
e. Providing a LIBRARY with sufficient staff, holdings, and state-of-the-art equipment to meet the needs of students, faculty, staff, and the community
f. REDUCING the number of PART-TIME FACULTY by CREATING MORE FULL-TIME POSITIONS
g. RECRUITING AND RETAINING THE BEST PREPARED STUDENTS
h. ENHANCING GRADUATE EDUCATION
i. Providing opportunities for continued FACULTY AND STAFF DEVELOPMENT

PERSONAL QUALITIES

-INTEGRITY, i.e., trustworthiness, openness, fairness, respect for the dignity and rights of others, commitment to the highest ethical standards, as revealed in his/her treatment of students, faculty, and staff members--especially those with whom he/she might disagree

-HONOR, as evidenced by following through on promises

-Excellent COMMUNICATION SKILLS, both oral and written--complemented by WILLINGNESS TO LISTEN to sound advice

-Excellent INTERPERSONAL SKILLS, directed toward maintaining the sense of community at Southeastern and toward developing support for the university in the legislature and governor's office, among the Board of Supervisors and System staff, among the Board of Regents and Regents' Staff, among alumni and students, and among the citizens of the Florida Parishes

-Skill as an ADVOCATE for and REPRESENTATIVE of the university in many settings

-LEADERSHIP SKILLS reflected in the abilities to work cooperatively with others, to inspire their confidence, to solicit varying viewpoints, and then to reach consensus on workable compromises

-COMMITMENT TO JUSTICE THROUGH DUE PROCESS as established in the written policies of the university and the Rules of the Board of Supervisors.

-WISDOM

-SELF-CONFIDENCE tempered by HUMILITY and a good sense of HUMOR

-ENERGY, ENTHUSIASM, DILIGENCE, EFFICIENCY, DECISIVENESS after careful consideration of all relevant factors

-INTELLIGENCE coupled with both KNOWLEDGE of current trends in higher education and the COMMON SENSE necessary to evaluate the worth of those trends

-COMPASSION for and SENSITIVITY to others; HUMAN DECENCY