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Sep 22, 2010 9:29 PM by Alison Haynes

Outside firm hired for higher ed search

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Board of Regents chose a search firm
Wednesday to look for Louisiana's next higher education
commissioner.
The board, which governs public higher education in Louisiana,
picked Greenwood/Asher & Associates Inc., a Florida-based company,
to recruit candidates for the job. Greenwood estimated the work
will cost $105,500, but the final contract terms haven't been
negotiated.
The Regents are looking to replace Sally Clausen, who left in
July after receiving sharp criticism for quietly retiring from her
job and then being rehired without ever telling the Regents. The
board hopes to have a new commissioner chosen by December.
Five companies applied to conduct the search, but three
proposals were thrown out for not including all the required
information. Greenwood was chosen over the other firm, which had a
higher bid for the work and which Regents staff and board members
said was less qualified.
Regents board member Joseph Wiley of Baton Rouge questioned the
need to hire a search firm at all, saying it was a costly expense
while the budget already was tight and higher education spending
was under scrutiny by lawmakers.
Wiley said the state likely will hire a candidate from within
Louisiana, so the Regents should be able to find such applicants on
their own. He didn't object to the search firm hiring, however.
Other members of the board disagreed with Wiley, saying the
Regents didn't have enough staff and resources to conduct such a
search without help. They also insisted the search should be a
national one and said they needed the objectivity of an outside
firm.

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