The presidential search advisory committee will meet sometime in the next week with the University Board of Regents for the first time to discuss the presidential search process.

The committee held its first official meeting to discuss the organization of the search for a successor to former University President Lee Bollinger on Wednesday.

University spokeswoman Julie Peterson said the search is still in its preliminary stages. The 16-member advisory committee was formed last month. Bollinger left Dec. 31.

The regents, who are serving as the primary search committee, have a scheduled meeting next Thursday.

Advertisements soliciting applications and nominations for the presidential position are running in The Chronicle of Higher Education and other publications, Peterson said.

The advertisement states the committee will not start screening candidates until Feb. 1. The regents and Rackham Dean Earl Lewis, the chair of the advisory committee, have said they hope to name a permanent president by spring.

Until then, former Business School Dean B. Joseph White will serve as interim president.

White has not announced whether he will seek the permanent position.

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