Picking university leaders behind closed doors

By all accounts three of the state’s top universities have landed well-qualified and proven leaders in higher education as their new presidents. But it’s a worrisome trend that all three – starting with Ana Mari Cauce in the fall at University of Washington, then last month Kirk Schulz at Washington State University and Sabah Randhawa at Western Washington University in Bellingham – were selected as the regents’ or trustees’ final choice at each school without announcing the names or allowing the public to meet with other candidates for the positions during the search.