Balancing Confidentiality with Transparency in a Higher Education Leadership Search

Every leadership search in higher education requires delicately balancing candidate confidentiality with the institution’s and constituents’ right to a certain degree of transparency. This task is never easy. By thoughtfully considering key questions, a search committee and institutional leaders can ensure that all parties are satisfied and the selection process is viewed as fair and legitimate. Dennis Barden and Zachary Smith, PhD, map out what must be considered and propose a sensible “hybrid” approach.

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