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SUNYAB Presidential Search Schedules “Listening Sessions”

The State University of New York at Buffalo has set up a Web site dedicated to the search for a new President to succeed John Barclay Simpson. There, you can learn about the university, and get details about the search.

Ilene H. Nagel of Russell Reynolds Associates has again been tapped as the headhunter to fill the position. According to her bio, available here, she’s credited with finding lots of the current lineup at UB, including: Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, College of Arts and Sciences Dean, School of Dental Medicine Dean, School of Engineering Dean, School of Law Dean, School of Management Dean, School of Medicine Dean, School of Nursing Dean, School of Public Health and Health Professions Dean, Vice President for External Relations, Vice President for Health Sciences, Vice President for Research, Vice President for Development, and the Chair of the Department of Medicine.

According to the site, “The University at Buffalo Council invites inquiries, nominations and applications for the position of president of the University at Buffalo. Please direct these communications to the search consultant, Ilene H. Nagel, head of the National Education Practice for Russell Reynolds Associates, via e-mail at or phone at 805-699-3050 (PDT).”

I had an inquiry, so I gave her a call around 4:30pm today. I figured that was a pretty reasonable time, since the 805 area code is north of Los Angeles, covering Santa Barbara, so that would make it sometime after lunch on the west coast. Click here to listen to that call.

In the interest of engagement, the powers that be have also scheduled three “listening sessions” wherein people will have two minutes to voice remarks and questions. The first one is TOMORROW, OCTOBER 26 at 4pm, at the Downtown Campus, Zebro Room, UB’s New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, Ellicott and Virginia streets. They scheduled this thing on October 21, and I only learned about it thanks to the growing legion of UB faculty and staff sending me tips.

Two more are scheduled. One, on the Amherst Campus, takes place on Monday, November 1 in the Screening Room of the Center for the Arts at 4pm. The last one is scheduled for Wednesday, November 3 in room 105 of Harriman Hall at 8:30 in the morning.

Oh yeah, if you plan on attending, répondez s’il vous plaît.

You wouldn’t want to come off as rude in light of this gracious offer to participate.

  • AL

    Tried to register for the “listening session” at Harriman Hall. Alumni and the public need not apply. This session is not for us either.