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Presidential search committee posts website for comments, suggestions

The committee conducting the search for Princeton University's next president has created a website to provide information about the search and to invite comments and suggestions.

Visitors to the site are asked for their views about the major challenges, opportunities and issues facing Princeton, the major areas in which the next president will need to provide leadership, and the principal qualities, characteristics, skills and experiences that the committee should seek. Visitors to the site are also invited to suggest specific candidates and offer any other thoughts they believe would be helpful. Submissions to the site will only be shared with the 17 members of the search committee.

The committee will be undertaking other outreach efforts, including open forums and other meetings, both on campus and off. One open forum will take place as part of the regularly scheduled Nov. 12 meeting of the Council of the Princeton University Community (CPUC) in Friend Center Room 101. The meeting will begin at 4:30 p.m. At 7:30 p.m. that evening an open forum will be scheduled for members of the local community in Robertson Hall, Room 016. Other open forums and meetings will be announced through the committee's website as they are scheduled.

"We hope that any members of the on-campus Princeton community, the alumni body or the off-campus community who have views they would like to share with the committee will do so through the website or will attend one of the forums or meetings that we will be conducting," said Kathryn Hall, the chair of the committee. "Especially at this early stage of the process, we are eager to hear from anyone who has suggestions about how we can best fulfill our responsibility to identify Princeton's 20th president."

Princeton's current president, Shirley M. Tilghman, has announced her intention to step down from her position at the end of the 2012-13 academic year after serving for 12 years as Princeton's 19th president.

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