On June 17, 2019, the Board of Trustees directed that an executive search firm be engaged to recommend, develop, coordinate, implement and assist the Board of Trustees in the recruitment process for the position of President of Lansing Community College. Pursuant to this direction, a Request for Proposals (RFP) was issued by our Purchasing Department. Proposals were received, and a RFP Review Committee consisting of Trustees Meyer, Proctor, and myself was charged with reviewing those proposals. We were aided by Purchasing Director Seleana Samuel and our Board Executive Assistant Benita Duncan in this endeavor.
The RFP Review Committee has met and reviewed the proposals of which there were nine. The Committee felt comfortable recommending four firms to be interviewed by the Board of Trustees. After the interviews would conclude, the Board of Trustees could then hold a vote to select a firm.
The Committee also discussed the format of the interviews. It is recommended that each firm be offered 1 hour interviews of which 30 minutes would be a presentation and 30 minutes for Q&A. The goal would be that the questions are uniform, so each potential firm had to field the same questions. Follow up questions from their answers would be at the discretion of Trustees.
A financial profile would be provided in advance of the interviews, so that the Board could focus what was being proposed as distinct from what it would cost. All fee proposals were well within what has been budgeted.
Statements of work would also be provided the Board in advance.
In the interest of fairness, I would personally recommend that the potential firms be asked to remain outside the boardroom during other firms’ interviews, so that no firm gets advance notice of our questions. Allow me to be very clear, however, that our open sessions are open to anyone, so the firms’ representatives may remain in the boardroom at their option.
The proposed date of the interviews is Tuesday, October 29, 2019. The proposed schedule is as follows:
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Interview Time Slot #1
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Interview Time Slot #2
6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Short Recess
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Interview Time Slot #3
7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Interview Time Slot #4
After a short recess, the Chairperson would entertain discussion and possible motion and vote on the matter of selecting a firm.
Purchasing Director Samuel will coordinate scheduling the time slots with the potential firms.
Please note that Board should allot for an opportunity for public comment during this meeting.
On behalf of the RFP Review Committee, I would like to extend my thanks to Director Samuel and Executive Assistant Duncan on their fine work.
Please feel free to contact me if I may ever be of assistance.
Ryan Buck, JD
Vice Chairperson - Board of Trustees