June 21, 2017 Fellow State Bar Members, I am writing to update you on the status of the search to hire a new executive director to succeed Michelle Hunter, who is retiring as executive director. The Executive Director Search Committee was appointed and approved by the State Bar Board of Directors at its meeting in April. The committee is made up of private citizens, individuals with significant experience in hiring executive leadership, members of the bar, and members of the State Bar Board of Directors. A full list of committee members can be found at texasbar.com/ed-search. I am honored to serve as the chair of the committee in this important endeavor. We held our first committee meeting on April 21, 2017, and discussed the executive director position and the process and timeline for selection. The committee developed a job description, posted it on the State Bar website in early May, and published a job announcement in the May issue of the Texas Bar Journal. To ensure a thorough and comprehensive search, the committee approved the hiring of an executive search firm, Young Mayden, to conduct the search and recruit potential candidates. Young Mayden has extensive experience working on executive director searches for bar associations throughout the country, including the Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina, New York State, Wisconsin, and American bar associations. Barbara Mayden is leading the search and is working diligently to recruit qualified candidates who have the skills and experience to take on the role of executive director. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the job posting, go to texasbar.com/ed-search. The committee will begin vetting candidates in late July. All resumes, cover letters, and inquiries are being directed to Mayden and will be considered through mid-August. The committee will interview selected candidates in late August. Our goal is to recommend a highly qualified and accomplished candidate to the board in September. We hope to have a new executive director in place by the fall to allow a smooth transition. Thank you for your support and dedication to the lawyers of Texas. Sincerely, Bob Black Chair, Executive Director Search Committee
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