By Craig Chamberlain The next president of the UI should be an academic, familiar with the needs and workings of a large public institution of higher learning. But he or she also should be ready to lobby outside academia, communicating with the state legislature and the people of Illinois. These were among the criteria suggested by members of the Urbana-Champaign Senate in a special meeting Monday convened to address issues related to finding a successor to UI President Stanley O. Ikenberry. Ikenberry announced in June that he will step down as president by Aug. 31, 1995. The UI Board of Trustees formally began the search process with discussions at its July meeting. Senators were given up to an hour to talk about issues that will be faced by the university in coming years and the future president's role in addressing them. They needed only about a third of that time, however, and their comments mostly were in line with common faculty and student concerns. "There are things you want in a president that never change," said Martha Friedman, professor of library administration. Among those things, she said, are someone who has spent the bulk of his or her career in academia, has respect for issues of academic freedom, and is sensitive to the need for consultation with faculty. Richard Schacht, professor of philosophy, noted the need for experience in higher education administration, and suggested there would be an advantage in choosing someone not tied to either campus, to avoid the appearance of favoring one or the other. Howard Ducoff, professor of physiology and biophysics, said the university needs a president who will encourage innovation but also will "resist change for the sake of change." His particular concern, he said, was that efforts to improve undergraduate education not reduce the support for research and scholarship. Jason Hsu, a junior in electrical engineering, stressed that the next president needed to understand the importance of teaching, in particular undergraduate teaching. R. Linn Belford, professor of chemistry, said the next president needed the ability "to explain the university and interpret the university to the entire state." A tape and minutes from the discussion will be passed along to the consultative (or search) committee, still being formed, which will assist in the selection process. The other part of business on Monday was to elect nominees for that committee. From 11 faculty names recommended by the senate's Committee on Committees, faculty senators chose eight candidates. Student senators chose one undergraduate and one graduate student from among two names in each category. The faculty members selected were A.L. "Tad" Addy, head of the department of mechanical and industrial engineering; James D. Anderson, head of the department of educational policy studies; Marianna Tax Choldin, the Mortenson Distinguished Professor for International Library Programs; Judy S. DeLoache, professor of psychology; James A. Gentry, the IBE Distinguished Professor of Finance; Jane W. Loeb, professor of educational psychology; Harry C. Triandis, professor of psychology; and Thomas S. Ulen, professor of law and economics. The undergraduate student selected was Eric A. Hiller, a senior in mechanical engineering, and the graduate student selected was Douglas B. Wojcieszak, pursuing a master's degree in biology. These names will be forwarded to the University Senates Conference, which will narrow the list further in order to make recommendations to the UI Board of Trustees. The consultative committee will include 20 members, of which eight will be faculty members and two students, each number evenly split between the two campuses. The other half of the committee will include representatives from the support staff, academic professional staff, administration, Alumni Association and Foundation, as well as a faculty member at-large who will serve as chair.