The searches for new deans to lead the Jennings A. Jones College of Business and the College of Mass Communication began in early fall with the announced retirements of Dean Jim Burton and Dean Roy Moore.
The searches, now in full swing, are remarkable in two ways. First, in order to cast the broadest net possible to find a dynamic, visionary, and collaborative dean for each college, industry and community leaders are chairing the searches. Paul W. Martin Jr., chief managing member of Clarity Resources, is chairing the search for a new dean in business; Peter Fisher , vice president and general manager of the Grand Ole Opry, is chairing the mass communication search.
Second, the University has hired a private executive search firm, funded by private dollars. Parker Executive Search is actively soliciting nominations from academic and industry circles. The positions are being advertised nationally and internationally. When candidates are selected, the search committees, comprised of faculty, students, staff, and community representatives, will begin reviewing them. The goal is to have new deans selected by the beginning of April and for them to assume their posts by July 1, 2013.