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12/10/11: Letter to the community from Chancellor Tisch

December 12, 2011  

Dear Members of the Brown Community,  

I am writing to provide a brief update on the presidential search process. Last month many members of the community took advantage of the opportunity to meet with members of the search committees. Those forums included campus and hospital-based faculty, department chairs, staff, medical students, graduate students and undergraduates. Each session was engaging and fruitful, and contributed to the search process in a positive manner. In addition, we have received input and suggestions via email and other forms of communication, all of which we have considered carefully and greatly appreciate.  

The input we have received assisted us in drafting the Presidential Search Statement, which is an articulation of the distinctiveness of Brown and the attributes of leadership we seek in our next president. The Presidential Search Statement is a public document, and is available to the community on the search website. It will be invaluable to potential candidates for this position, and we encourage all members of the community to review it and to feel free to share it with individuals you feel may be interested in this opportunity.  

Over the holidays and beyond, members of the committees will be actively engaged in the work of developing a pool of candidates that is both deep and broad, and representative of the diversity, in all its aspects, that characterizes the strength of the Brown community today. Towards that end, we welcome your questions, comments, suggestions, and nominations of candidates at:  

I will provide periodic updates to the campus as the search process unfolds, although members of the community should expect that those updates will be sparse in detail. The confidentiality of candidates interested in the position will be of paramount importance, and members of the committees are unable to speak about individuals or the status of the search in any detail.  

Thank you for your participation in and support of the search process to date, and please accept my best wishes for a restful winter break.  


Thomas Tisch Chancellor