CARBONDALE – Three finalists for chancellor of Southern Illinois University Carbondale will participate in two-day virtual interviews starting April 16.
Due to COVID-19, the interview process will be conducted remotely, according to SIU System President Dan Mahony.
“Early in the pandemic, we were planning a blend of small group, face-to-face interviews and virtual interviews,” Mahony said. “We regrouped when the state’s stay-at-home order was put in place. We evaluated postponing interviews until late summer or fall, but that put us at risk of losing candidates and missing important voices in the discussion. An entirely virtual interview process is not ideal, but it moves the search forward and provides greater clarity around the timeline for installing a new chancellor.”
Each candidate will hold a public forum to be available via Zoom and posted on the chancellor’s search website, according to Marc Morris, chair of the search screening committee and director of the university’s School of Accountancy.
“Our goal is to use technological tools to engage as many people in the interview process as possible,” Morris said. “We want to be sure students, faculty, staff and others have an opportunity to engage with and hear from the candidates.”
Information on each candidate is available at chancellor.siu.edu/search. The site will also provide details about accessing the open forums at least two days before each forum and also include an online form to provide confidential feedback on each candidate.