Statement on PSC Operating Practices and Confidentiality

The Presidential Search Committee is charged with consulting widely and developing recommendations to the Yale Corporation for the next president of Yale. The Yale Corporation, in turn, is charged with making the final decision.

The PSC is actively seeking input from all interested individuals and constituencies through a number of channels, including email, surveys and one-on-one and group meetings. Input may be provided openly or anonymously, and the information the PSC gleans will be used to inform the candidate identification and selection process. We anticipate this input will also be useful to the new president and to the Corporation in developing and implementing new institutional policies going forward. We strongly encourage any group or individual who may have opinions about university policies, attributes of potential candidates, nominations, or any other topic relevant to the search for Yale’s next president to communicate those views as soon as possible to the PSC.

The process of gathering input will be broad and open, and from time to time, the PSC may share publicly key themes or insights that have surfaced during the process. We ask that members of the Yale community who attend or participate in scheduled open forums with members of the PSC be respectful of individuals who express their views.

The deliberations of the PSC and the Corporation, including the development of candidate lists, candidate interviews, assessments, and so forth, are necessarily confidential. This has been the practice in previous Yale presidential searches, and is essential to secure access to the widest pool of potential candidates, to encourage candid input from all constituencies, and to support candid discussions between and among PSC members and the Corporation. We believe the assurance of confidentiality will support not only an efficient search process but also an outstanding search outcome.