The committee charged with nominating the eighth University of Virginia president has published a document that outlines for candidates what it will mean to take the reins at UVA.

John O. Wynne, University rector and chairman of the Special Committee on the Nomination of a President, reported to the University community in an e-mail last Friday that the committee has also spent hours interviewing higher education leaders.

“You will not be surprised to learn that many of them are watching the University’s search with great interest,” Wynne wrote. “They believe that because of John Casteen’s outstanding leadership and the attractiveness of the University, we will be able to create what one called a ‘sensational’ candidate pool and in the end find the right individual to be our next president.”

President John T. Casteen III will retire Aug. 1 at the completion of his 20th year as president.

The 16-page position description, “Seeking an Extraordinary Individual to Lead the Institution into its Third Century,” calls on Virginius Dabney’s description of Thomas Jefferson’s vision for the University.

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