Hastings College surveys students about college presidential candidates

“The comments that people are giving are really telling, and I think we can really get some good insight on where people fall on any one candidate,” said Barbara Underman, faculty representative on the Presidential Search Committee.

As a way to collect feedback about the presidential candidate visits to campus, The Office of the President and the Presidential Search Committee distributed a survey to students, faculty, Board members and community members. The Presidential Search Committee plans to use the information collected from the surveys to use for consideration in the selection of two candidates to recommend to the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees.

The survey allows participants to rate the candidates on eight criteria deemed important by the search committee, as well as to leave personal comments. Each survey will be evaluated individually, then later combined into a comprehensive, HC community portrait of each candidate, said Barbara Sunderman, faculty representative on the Presidential Search Committee.

“The comments that people are giving are really telling, and I think we can really get some good insight on where people fall on any one candidate,” she said.

Those portraits will be forwarded to the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees, which will then be used to make a final recommendation for the next Hastings College president.

Committee members have stressed the importance of attending the all-campus presentations, learning more about each candidate and submitting survey responses back to the Presidential Search Committee. The surveys are the primary method for the campus community to provide feedback.

“Especially for juniors and below, it’s going to be your president for the time you are at Hastings College. In Universities or larger schools, the students don’t have much of a say,”
said Ethan Carpenter, student representative on the Presidential Search Committee and Student Association president.

Glen Moss, chair of the Presidential Search Committee and Board of Trustees, encouraged HC community members to submit their survey responses promptly, to ensure the Presidential Search Committee has ample time to review them during their Friday meeting following the final candidate’s presentation.

“It would be very disappointing if we only had 25 surveys from a student body of 1,000 kids…It’s like when you vote in an election. If you don’t vote, you shouldn’t complain about the process or the outcome,” Moss said. “I think the more representation the students provide, the better say they have in the outcome.”

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