Research Center Director Reappointment Policy

No later than 6 months prior to the expiration of the term of a Research Center Director, the Director will be informed whether or not he/she will be offered another term.  Normally, the Board will constitute a Committee to review the performance of the Director by consulting with the stakeholders of the Center, including the relevant funding agency(s), researchers in the relevant discipline(s) including users of Center facilities, Center staff, and the AUI Executive.  The Committee will report the results of its review to the President and the AUI Trustees.  The President will use the Committee’s report in developing his/her recommendation on reappointing the Director.  The Board of Trustees will make the final decision on reappointing the Director after considering the President’s recommendation and the Review Committee’s report.


Constitution – The Committee will normally consist of five to six members, comprising both Trustees and non-Trustees as appropriate, with a range of scientific and management expertise.  The AUI Board Chair will name the members of the Review Committee based on nominations by the Trustees, in consultation with the AUI Executive Committee.  The AUI Board Chair will name the Review Committee Chair.  The full Board will ratify the constitution of the Committee.

Charge – The Committee charge will be drafted by the President, in consultation with the Executive Committee.

Review Process – The President will request from the Director a summary of his/her accomplishments during his/her tenure, and forward this to the Committee for consideration.  The President, in consultation with the Trustees, will compile and forward to the Committee a list of individuals who are representative of the stakeholders of the Research Center.  The Committee will solicit inputs from those individuals, and others as appropriate, about the performance of the Director, interviewing as many of the individuals in person as possible.  The Committee will hold at least one meeting in person to discuss its findings and generate a report. The Committee Chair will provide the results of the Committee’s review to the Trustees via the President.  The Committee Chair will normally be invited to present an oral report to the full Board.

Decision – The Trustees will consider the Committee’s Report and the President’s recommendation in their decision whether or not to offer the Director another term.