Board of Trustees, campus community to evaluate Davies' leadership


CMU president Bob Davies at an introductory press conference for new AD Amy Folan on Sept. 22, 2019 in Kelly/Shorts Stadium.

Enrollment, COVID-19 and the overall health of Central Michigan University will all be talked about at President Bob Davies upcoming evaluation. 

The Board of Trustees annually reviews the president’s performance and compensation. For Davies' third year in office, the evaluation will be more in-depth.

Board Chair Richard Studley sent an email to the campus community Friday outlining the review process.

Different to this year, the board is inviting a group of about 385 university stakeholders and community members to complete a comprehensive Presidential Assessment Survey.

335 of those stakeholders "represent a cross-section of the university and local communities" and have experience working with Davies.

That means student and faculty leaders, other administrators; Alumni Board and Advancement Board members; senior leaders; community leaders (including members of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribal Council) state and area lawmakers; and current trustees as well as former Board of Trustees chairs. 

The remaining 50 will be randomly selected students, faculty, staff and alumni assigned to complete the anonymous survey. The members of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee who developed the Presidential Leadership Profile ahead of the nationwide search to hire Davies' in 2018 also will participate.

"The Board of Trustees deeply values the opinions of the university’s many stakeholders," Studley said in his email. "To ensure impartiality in the outcome, the Presidential Assessment Committee is exercising supervision and control of this process independent of the Office of the President."

The survey findings will be presented at the next Board of Trustees meeting in December.