Groarke: The problem with open searches for senior administrators

May 10, 2019

Citing recent criticism of the University of Manitoba’s decision to conduct a closed search for outgoing President David Barnard’s replacement, Leo Groarke argues that open searches are unfair to both applicants and search committees. According to Groarke, closed searches attract a more diverse candidate pool because open searches would raise uncomfortable questions from a high-profile candidate’s current institution. Moreover, internal candidates might shy away from open searches because it makes the details of their career open to public scrutiny. Groarke also questions the efficacy of public consultations, as the public does not have access to details such as confidential comments from references or internal personnel issues. University Affairs (National)