|QUESTIONS DURING VIDEOCONFERENCES |
The December 17th videoconferences with Presidential candidates included the following "on the spot" questions followed by the candidates providing prepared remarks to three questions that were provided to the candidates in advance. With remaining time, candidates were able to ask the Committee questions.
"On the Spot Questions"
- If you were to become President of Shimer, how would you build your administrative team to be able to move the college forward over the next five to ten years?
- You come to your office one morning and find that Shimer has entirely unexpectedly received an unrestricted bequest of $1 million. What procedure would you follow to decide how to allocate these funds?
- You find that two of your best top staff members are in such conflict with one another that they cannot work together effectively. What steps would you take?
- How would you, as President, seek to build a stronger Board, and what criteria would you propose for Board membership?
- Imagine that the Academic Planning Committee has developed a list of key academic priorities for the College. A generous donor with a long-term commitment to Shimer offers $200,000 for a project that has been previously explicitly considered and determined not to be a priority for Shimer. How would you respond?
- Tell us about a time when you fired someone.
The final 15 minutes were reserved for questions from the candidate to the Committee.
- Please outline your ideas for a development plan for Shimer. What audiences would you target?
- If you had been on the Higher Learning Commission and could ask only three questions about Shimer, what would they be?
- What is your assessment of Shimer’s Strategic Plan? How would you suggest that it be modified?