Partner Jan Greenwood was consulted for this article on email use by within the administrations of public colleges:
Jan Greenwood, a partner at Asher-Greenwood, an executive-search firm for colleges, recalls that when she got into such work 23 years ago, members of public colleges’ presidential search committees might not have thought twice about using email to share candid thoughts about a candidate. As of about a decade ago, however, they almost completely stopped using email to communicate such thoughts, because "you don’t want to inadvertently do harm" by having such statements go public, Ms. Greenwood says. The realization that such messages are covered by open-records laws caused them to be more cautious.
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