As closed searches for administrators become more common, journalists are having to find new ways to report on these searches.
When universities and colleges begin the process of hiring a new administrator, they often keep the names of candidates confidential until the very end.
A reporter for The Athens News has filed a complaint in the Ohio Court of Claims after a request for background information about the semifinal candidates for the Ohio University presidency was ignored for over a month.
The Washington Coalition for Open Government is taking the University of Washington to task, legally, for the circumstances surrounding their most recent presidential search.
University of Nebraska administrators now only have to present a single candidate for chancellor and president positions, instead of four.
The original amendment would have required the University of North Carolina system board members to release the names of three candidates for the system president job to the public.
In a proposal slipped into the state budget that wasn't considered through the normal process for bills, Wisconsin legislators are proposing to repeal a requirement that makes public universities disclose the top five candidates for chancellor, president and other top positions. Instead, the public would be entitled only to the names of those "seriously considered," which might be just one name. Open-government advocates are decrying the maneuver as a step backward for public accountability.
Attorneys for two Louisiana newspapers have appealed to the state Supreme Court a lower court’s decision that said the state’s largest public university could withhold the names of most applicants during presidential searches.
A state appeals court threw out contempt sanctions against Louisiana State University trustees and reversed a lower-court's ruling that required disclosure of dozens of people considered for the college's vacant presidency. Instead, the college will have to reveal only the names of four finalists who received interviews.
It's no secret that college and university presidential searches are, increasingly, cloaked in secrecy until after a final decision is made.