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ISU predicts little stress from search firm ban

Mon, 16 Jul 2012 17:39:43 CDT
By: Charlie Schlenker

An Illinois State University spokesman says a new law limiting use of executive search firms to Presidential openings should not have much effect on the institution in the twin cities. Assistant to the President Jay Groves says searches at the Dean and Vice Presidential level may take longer under the ban.

"I think what will happen will just be an evolution as those that are looking will find a new vehicle, a new place to come to, whether it will be the Chronicle of Higher Education or the Chronicle of Philanthropy. That that will be more of a gathering spot for people looking, rather than the head hunters going out and looking and bringing it to you."

ISU has spent about $215,000 on four searches for Vice Presidents and Deans in the last two years. ISU did not use a head hunter on the last big hire, for Athletic Director. The law came about because State Representative Chapin Rose of Mahomet took issue with six million dollars the U of I spent on searches in nine years including some vacancies in which the University hired internal candidates.

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