So... the headline for this IHE article pretty much says it all. I'm not sure that search firms wield the power this article suggests, nor that the phenomena cited as problematic are that recent. In addition, it seems to overlook the ways in which shared governance are reflected in the composition and procedures of campus search committees. Can campus leaders (faculty, administrators, trustees, etc.) define the appropriate line between "secrecy" and "confidentiality"? When is "faculty anger" justified? When might it spring from naïveté about the cold hard realities of attracting excellent candidates? We'll have more to say about how to get the search process right in future blog posts.
A somewhat more subjective analysis of the same issue, also from a recent IHE: