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Loren J. Anderson
Executive Search Consultant
AGB Search

Effectively engaging search committees in the hiring process
AGB Search specializes in all aspects of higher education executive search

What can institutions do to ensure active engagement
from search committee members?
The key to an effective search committee is a high level of
engagement, where the committee develops a clear sense
of "ownership" of the search process, of the committee's
work and of achieving a successful outcome. Engagement
and ownership flow naturally from an institution's
commitment to shared governance and a trust that the
search committee will be regarded as a genuine partner
throughout the process; they are encouraged at each step
along the way.
Engaged search committee members are invited to
serve through a process that is both professional and
personalized. The importance of the committee's role
is emphasized, as is each individual's participation on
the committee. The committee's purpose is clear and
presented to the committee by the hiring authority,
and the expectations and responsibilities of each
committee member are established at the outset
of the search process.
How can a search committee achieve a common vision?
I think the vision issue begins at the point of engaging
the committee in the preparation of what we call the
search profile. The committee needs to engage in active
conversation around two important questions: What is
the leadership agenda related to the position that's being
filled? And what are the key attributes of leadership that
are going to be most important in a successful candidate?
Those attributes become the selection criteria that the
committee will be using throughout the search.
Discuss strategies to facilitate consensus building and
decision-making during the development of the search
profile, and eventually the selection of the candidate.
The development of consensus begins with the
committee's work on the search profile, as committee
members together give expression to the goals and tasks
that define the leadership agenda, along with the desired
attributes of the leader. During the process, as committee

"Trust between the institution and the
consultant is a critical component of a
successful search process."
members read applications, contact references and
interview candidates, the leader of the committee needs
to make sure that deliberations focus on these desired
attributes, even as new information adds nuance and
depth to their understanding. Through their deliberations,
committee members gradually develop a similar
understanding of what an ideal candidate will look like,
and that becomes the frame that informs their decisions.
The skill of the committee chair is crucial in supporting
the committee, listening carefully, finding key points of
agreement and building toward a consensus.
How does an executive search consultant ideally partner
with a search committee and the committee chair?
Trust between the institution and the consultant is a
critical component of a successful search process. Search
committees partner with consultants not only to conduct
the search but also to receive valuable advice and counsel
on identifying position goals, navigating challenges and
building consensus. AGB Search's consultants have
extensive experience in conducting leadership searches.
Moreover, many of our consultants have served in
institutional leadership roles. Search committees can
leverage this expertise-and our deep connections in the
industry-to guide the process and find the right leaders
for their institution.

For more information, visit www.agbsearch.com.
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