By Kelly Boggs, Editor
PINEVILLE – The Louisiana College Presidential Search Committee is seeking input from alumni and other interested parties concerning what qualities the next president of LC should possess.
The Baptist Message received an announcement from LC July 1 indicating the Search Committee had established a survey on the Internet site QuestionPro, a company specializing in online research.
“To give your input to the Committee,” the announcement stated, “please complete the survey linked below by July 31, 2014. Your comments and prayers are appreciated.”
The survey gives interested parties the opportunity to contribute to the search process by responding to a mix of questions and statements, ten in all.
Questions posed in the survey seek to ascertain what participants believe should characterize the next president’s academic background and skill set. Additionally, participants are asked about what type of priorities the next president should focus on.
The statements included in the survey ask participants to list what type of experiences the next president should have in his resume and what type of traits would be desirable.
Participants are even encouraged to provide names to be considered in the search as well as any advice that might be helpful to the search committee.
Also, to help provide some context for the responses, participants are asked to indicate their affiliation to LC.
“I am encouraged that the search committee is reaching out to the LC community. It is my prayer that they will distribute the survey to all stakeholders, including alumni and LBC members, will listen to their suggestions, and act wisely,” Larry Burgess told the Baptist Message via e-mail. Burgess is a 1977 alumnus of LC and a leader of the group Friends of the College (FOTC), a group of LC alumni and others interested in the future of the school.
On June 15, Friends of the College (FOTC) issued a news release announcing the results of a survey it conducted concerning the search LC’s next president to the Baptist Message.
“Among the ideas overwhelming expressed in a recent poll is the suggestion that the search committee include representatives of several stakeholder groups,” the FOTC news release stated. “Currently, the college’s trustees plan to limit the search committee to members of their executive committee.”
In his email to the Message Burgess pointed out, “One opinion that was strongly voiced [in the FOTC survey] was that the search committee should be expanded to include representatives outside the Executive Committee. I am disappointed that has not occurred.”
According to the FOTC release, “The respondents strongly advocate choosing a leader with a track record in higher education who will recruit and train a highly qualified, diverse faculty and staff and will work toward building the financial stability of the college.”
“Among the comments offered by respondents,” the FOTC news release said, “were a number that urged a truly national search and urged that the next president be uninvolved in Louisiana Baptist politics and administration.”
“The link to the survey,” according to the FOTC news release, “was made available on-line through Facebook as well as emailed directly to approximately 300 pastors, directors of missions and trustees.”
The affiliation of the 266 who responded were 168 alumni, 134 connected to the Louisiana Baptist Convention as pastor, church staff, church member or LBC employee the release indicated.
Additionally, the news release revealed that 45 current or former students participated in the survey as did 36 current or former faculty members.
Also, five current trustees participated as well as 34 friends/community members and 20 described as others.
The FOTC survey was conducted May 13 – June 2, 2014, via the Internet site SurveyMonkey.
According to the release the results of the survey will be shared “with the full LC Board of Trustees.”
Argile Smith, Interim President of LC, told the Baptist Message in an email the LC search committee survey is being promoted in the Message and well as via Twitter, Facebook, Louisiana Baptist Convention email blast, and the school’s website.
The LC Presidential Search Committee Survey is currently being conducted and will end on July 31. To participate in the survey go to the Internet site http://lcpresidentialsearch.questionpro.com.