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Search: 'White paper' describes goals

Acampus committee searching for a successor to President Jackson has outlined some of the characteristics of the University and some of the qualities that they think the next chief executive will need to successfully lead Rochester.

The "white paper," drafted by the University Advisory Committee, is available online at the Web site for the presidential search ( The 26-page document is intended to describe the University, its place in the local and national communities, and its goals and challenges for the near future.

"The president is the guardian of this complex culture, a culture where each school and department is empowered to do its best possible work and control much of its destiny," the paper states. "We seek a president who can understand its context and who can see how all of its parts fit together in a way that defines the 'Uni-' in University."

Chaired by Nick Bigelow, professor of physics and astronomy, the University Advisory Committee, made up primarily of Rochester faculty, has been helping conduct a search for a successor to Jackson, who announced last spring that he planned to step down as president at the end of the 2005 academic year.

The advisory committee, along with student and staff committees, will make recommendations for the next president to the Trustees' Presidential Search Committee. That committee will recommend a candidate to the full Board of Trustees to become Rochester's 10th president.

Jackson plans to take a year-long sabbatical in 2005­06 before returning to teach on the faculty at Rochester. He will assume a Distinguished University Professorship with faculty appointments in the College's Department of Political Science and in the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration. The professorship has been established by the trustees in Jackson's honor and will be endowed through support from former board chairman Robert B. Goergen and from past and current trustees. When Jackson retires from the professorship, it will be permanently renamed the Thomas H. Jackson Distinguished University Professorship.

Robert Witmer Jr., chairman of the board, is chairing the search effort, and University Vice President and General Secretary Paul Burgett serves as secretary to the trustees' committee.

Suggestions and comments related to the search are invited through the presidential search Web site.

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