Regarding the May 30 Metro article "Trustee Had Family Tie to Incoming President":
The Howard University presidential search committee was determined to ensure that the process of selecting Howard's president was conducted by best-in-class standards. A search firm, Heidrick and Struggles, screened nearly 400 candidates. We actively engaged stakeholders, including students, faculty and staff members, and alumni. Faculty members made up 25 percent of the presidential search committee itself, making it a model of inclusiveness. The panel included a nominee from the Faculty Senate, plus students and alumni.
The article suggested that Addison Barry Rand, chairman of the Board of Trustees, was less than forthcoming in acknowledging his previous association with Sidney A. Ribeau, who was chosen as Howard's new president. Chairman Rand disclosed his previous association with Mr. Ribeau, and we discussed it openly with the entire search committee.
Despite no communication between these two men in 30 years, Mr. Rand, upon learning of Mr. Ribeau's prospective candidacy, recused himself from voting. At our request, however, he participated in deliberations.