Listening Sessions Announced for UConn Presidential Search

The advisory committee assisting the Board of Trustees is looking for input from students, faculty, and staff

A fall morning aerial view of the Wilbur Cross Building on Oct. 18, 2021.

(Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

The Parker Executive Search firm along with the UConn advisory committee tasked with helping the Board of Trustees identify UConn’s next president will hold a series of listening sessions next week to gather input from faculty, staff, and students.

The Board launched the national search this spring, creating the Advisory Search Committee of trustees, faculty, deans, staff, students, regional campus directors, alumni, and other key stakeholders.

That group and the search firm are gathering feedback from the University community about what attributes they wish to see in the next President, their ambitions for the University, and other suggestions.

The listening sessions will occur in a virtual format to allow for the widest possible participation, and will each last about 45 minutes. Information about specific links to follow for each session can be found at this link, which also includes an accessibility link.

The specific times and dates of the listening sessions are as follows:

  • Monday, April 25: Regional campus faculty members (1 to 1:45 p.m.), regional campus staff members (2 to 2:45 p.m.)
  • Monday, April 25: UConn Law faculty, staff, and students (3 to 3:45 p.m.)
  • Tuesday, April 26: Two sessions for UConn Health faculty, staff, and students (10 to 10:45 a.m., and from 2 to 2:45 p.m.)
  • Thursday, April 28: Storrs faculty (11 to 11:45 a.m.), Storrs staff (noon to 12:45 p.m.).
  • Thursday, April 28: Regional campus students (1 to 1:45 p.m.), Storrs students (2 to 2:45 p.m.)
  • Thursday, April 28: Session open to all UConn faculty, staff, and students, along with community members and any other interested participants (3 to 3:45 p.m.).

The search is proceeding in stages, and the University will share information with the full position description, desired qualifications, and other specifics once those details are finalized following the listening sessions.

After the listening sessions, there will be a “quiet period” of approximately three months while candidates are identified through direct recruitment, advertising, and other means.

It will be followed by initial interviews with promising candidates, followed by the selection of a group of finalists who will be interviewed by the Advisory Search Committee and the Board of Trustees.

Based on these interviews and feedback from members of the Advisory Search Committee, the Board may extend an offer to a candidate. If accepted, the Board would work with that candidate to determine when they would begin serving in the role of President.

The committee looks forward to receiving valuable input at the upcoming listening sessions, and believes your voices are critical to this complex yet exciting process.

We encourage you to share your thoughts at these sites:

Thank you for your participation in this important process, and for all that you do each day to make UConn such an attractive opportunity for outstanding potential applicants.


Note: If you require an accommodation to participate beyond that which is provided in the linked page, please contact University Communications at 860-486-0871 in advance of the specific listening session(s) you would like to join.