COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A new era will soon begin at the University Of South Carolina. After an exhaustive search, leaders are close to picking a successor for retiring President Harris Pastides.
Four highly-qualified candidates are being considered. But not everyone is happy with the process.
“I think we need to know the full story about why it is that females were not in the semi-finalist pool and why females were not in the finalist pool. I also think the Board of Trustees needs to reconsider the committee that they formed. If you form a committee that’s almost entirely male and then you have pools of semifinalists and finalists that are one hundred percent male, that doesn’t seem right.”
The committee overseeing the selection process is made up of 9 men and two women. School officials have defended the process, saying a diverse pool of candidates were considered. It just so happens, they say, that the four most qualified candidates were men.
The WIS Editorial board doesn’t believe it should be a REQUIREMENT to have at least one female finalist. But perhaps the committee should be a bit more open about what led them to their specific choices.
Maybe provide more details on the original pool of candidates and the criteria they used to narrow the field.
Regardless, the announcement of the university’s 29th President is imminent.
Whoever ends up with the job deserves the full support of faculty, staff, students and the community. Let’s hope the unprecedented growth and success the school has experienced will continue and make it one of the most preeminent universities in the country.
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