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NEWS February 14, 2014 Presidential search continues, candidate hiring process may remain confidential BY ABE KENMORE StAPI^ WRiTiR On Feb. 5, faculty and community members crowded into the Moon Room to hear from the faculty representatives of the presidential search committee: Professor of Geology Dave Dobson, Associate Professor of Music Kami Rowan and Assistant Professor of Justice and Policy Studies Barbara Lawrence. The representatives were there to explain why, on a campus that prides itself on transparency, the next president might be hired before the community even knows his or her name. According to Carole Bruce, trustee and head of the presidential search committee, there are good reasons to allow applicants to keep their information co^dential throughout the entire search process. "We have been advised by our search consultant ... that some very well-qualified candidates may not be in a position to participate in open campus interviews due to their current roles as sitting presidents," Bruce said in an email interview. This option to remain anonymous is a growing trend in presidential searches. Roughly 25-30 percent now use this model. according to information presented at the faculty meeting. "I don't think anyone wants the final interview process to be secret," said Dobson to The Guilfordian. "But we acknowledge the possibility that someone might be in a particular situation ... (where) if they didn't get our job, it might cause irreparable damage to their own job." The only thing known about the applicants currently is that both solicited and unsolicited candidates have applied, and, according to Dobson, there are many tens of people in each pool. The presidential search committee will receive all applications later this month. After that, the committee will recommend several finalists to the board of trustees. If one finalist requests that his or her application be confidential., the trustees will likely keep all the finalists anonymous until one is selected. "That isn't firmly decided yet ... (but) it might be hard to have an equd process ... if some people are giving public presentations and tdking to the community and others were only talking to the trustees," said Dobson. The committee also suggested that some faculty and students join die trustees for the will take the anonymity." final interviews if public presentations are (won't), not possible. Several community members questioned whether the confidential interviews would do more harm than good. "My concern is that a presidential candidate who doesn't talk with a wide swath of the community (before being hired) might have a hard time as president," said Max Carter, director of the Friends Center. "Open forums are absolutely essential for them to get a feel for Guilford." The committee freely acknowledges that the situation is not ideal. It feels, however, that the benefits of allowing confidential applications outweigh the potential disadvantages. "I, as much as many ~ community members, am a little bit perturbed because Guilford has a culture of openness," said senior Lyes Benarbane, student representative of the search committee. "But, in the same regard, if anonymity is the difference between a candidate who will re vitalize this school and this community, and one who SALARIES In 2002 the Vice President of Advancement made $156,289. In 2011 the Vice President of Advancement was paid $215,244. Salary Change: +37.7% Salary studies shed light on disparities In 2002 the President made $138,549. In 2011 the President was paid $269,850. &lary Change: +94.8% Peer School Olympics: Source for administrator ranking: IRS 990 forms from Guilford and peer instituitions. 1stoutof9 2nd out of 14 . Continued from page I "worst-case," the coUege's top administrators said. Ben Marlin, assistant professor and chair of mathematics, finds the rate of prof^sor pay troubling, especially for bringing the best educators to Guilford. "If we can't offer a competitive salary, and an applicant has two offers, only those who are somehow determined to come to Guilford regardless will chcxise our lower offer," said Marlin. "That means it's likely that we'll only be able to afford to hire those who aren't getting offers from other schools." Meanwhile, top Guilford administrators received notable salary increases over the same 10- year peiicxi. In 2002, the president made $138,549, vice president of advancement $156,289, vice president for finance $109,109, dean of CCE $71,500, vice president & academic dean $64,422, dean of student affairs $65,005 and vice president of enrollment $80,667. Nine years later, the president now makes $269,850, vice president of advancement $215,244, vice president for finance $165,960, dean of CCE $97,000, vice president & academic dean $149,820 and vice president of admissions $128,000. Administrators at the college also receive what is called deferred compensation, which they receive as pay later on. In some cases administrators make an extra $10,000 a year, in other cases over $40,000. Public institutions must provide a full accounting of their administrative salaries, unlike private institutions such as Guilford. Except for the highest- paid administrators, other administrative salaries remain confidential. Faculty who have been with the College for 20 years or more have remained the lowest paid among their ^feers while senior administrators have hovered towards the middle of the peer list, except for the vice president for advancement, who is ranked number one among the peers. Associate Professor of Sociology Julie Winterich, who came to the College in 2008, said Guilford could be a leader in creating a just salary policy for all employees regardless of raj^ especially considering the equality prong of the College's core values and mission. "The question for any institution of higher learning to consider is: how are resources distributed in light of the core mission of education?" said VYinterich. "Regarding faculty salaries, why do our peers, who have similar budgets, revenues, expenses and endowments pay their faculty better than does Guilford?"