September 6th, 2012 | University

Goodyear ’80 to chair presidential search committee

Charles Goodyear IV ’80 will chair and four faculty members will serve on the committee charged with picking University President Richard Levin’s successor, Yale Corporation Senior Fellow Edward Bass ’67 announced in a Thursday evening email.

Bass invited the Yale community to provide input through Tuesday at noon, and received over 800 letters from faculty, students, staff and alumni nominating more than 200 faculty to serve on the search committee. Two days later, Bass appointed the following four faculty to serve:

Judith Chevalier ’89, William S. Beinecke Professor of Finance and Economics

Amy Hungerford, Morse College master and professor of English and American studies

Richard Lifton, Sterling professor of genetics and professor of medicine

Anna Pyle, William Edward Gilbert professor of molecular, cellular & developmental biology

Bass also appointed Michael McBride, Richard M. Colgate professor of chemistry emeritus, and Ruth Bernard Yeazell GRD ’71, Chace Family professor of English, to serve as faculty counselors to the search committee and solicit faculty input throughout the process. He said the deans of Yale’s professional schools, graduate school and college have reviewed the nominations, along with the current and former divisional directors in the faculty of arts and sciences. All four appointees accepted their positions.

“On behalf of the Corporation, I want to thank all of those who have agreed to serve as members of and Counselors to the Presidential Search Committee,” Bass said. “We are truly grateful to them for agreeing to commit what will surely be considerable time and effort to the benefit of Yale.”

Paul Joskow, president of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, will serve as vice-chair of the search committee under Goodyear, who has held several top positions at investment firms.