Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Connie Ballmer, heading UO presidential search, seeks a unifier with charisma

February 24th, 2015

Connie Ballmer describes the University of Oregon's next president as a unifier, a fundraiser, someone with charisma and political savvy, and above all, a communicator.
Ballmer, a philathropist and 1984 UO grad heading the search for the public university's new leader, suspects that whoever becomes Head Duck won't have applied. Rather, Ballmer said during a recent interview, search committee members must recruit aggressively, wooing candidates who are content in their jobs.
Persuading such a person to take the post could be daunting, given state government's disinvestment in public education and the university's tumultuous succession of presidents and interim presidents during the past four years. Ballmer said she sees tremendous potential in the leadership job, while viewing the role as "enormous ... complicated."

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