Why conduct a leadership search during a pandemic?

May 8, 2020

It is exceptionally difficult to have a leadership vacancy in a crisis like this, writes Rod McDavis, who offers some concrete suggestions on how to respond effectively. McDavis encourages institutions to proceed with their leadership searches, despite the pandemic, as existing senior management teams are likely already strained from the extra labour caused by the pandemic. In addition, there is a possibility that another institution may scoop the best fit for one’s school. To help facilitate searches, the author recommends conducting phone and digital interviews, and, if your institution is conducting a public search, remembering to record and disseminate those meetings. Alternatively, McDavis encourages schools that cannot proceed with searches to consider hiring an interim leader. Inside Higher Ed (International)