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BLOOMINGTON (AP) -- A year after June Reinisch retired as head of the

Kinsey Institute, the search for her successor is on hold pending an expansion

of the sex research agency's board of directors.

IU halted the search earlier this year so the board could be expanded beyond

its current six members and to allow the university to clarify the lines of

communications between the two organizations.

Without those changes, attracting a new director to the 48-year-old

institute for sex, gender and reproduction would be difficult, said Jeff

Alberts, an IU psychology professor who is the university's spokesman on the

Kinsey Institute.

"Our experience when a person answers an ad for a job like this is they

expect some straightforward answers," said Alberts, also associate dean for

Research and the University Graduate School. "Questions such as, `To whom do I

answer? What is the precise relationship between the institution and the

university? Who's on the board?"'

Reinisch retired in March 1993 following a long legal dispute with IU

involving her leadership of the institute. After her departure, a faculty

advisory group recommended the university slash Kinsey's budget, withholding

full funding until a new director was found.

In December, the university and the institute appeared to have put the

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controversies involving Reinisch behind them when they announced the formation

of an 11-person committee to search for her successor.

But that search has remained stalled as both groups bicker over issues of

accountability.

Stephanie Sanders, the institute's interim director, said she thinks several

months of negotiations have made the lines of reporting clear. She also thinks

that three IU professors sitting on the current board guarantee that IU has a

sufficient say in Kinsey's affairs.

"I still don't understand why the search and screen process is hostage to"

expanding the board, said Sanders.

Jeanne Peterson, an IU history professor who served on the advisory board

that recommended limiting funding for the institute, said relations between the

two groups would be bolstered if more IU faculty were added to the Kinsey board.

She said the growth of sex research in the humanities and the sciences would

attract many faculty to a revamped Kinsey Institute.

In the meantime, Sanders said she hopes the two sides can reach a compromise

soon so the search for a new director can resume.

"There's been a kind of rift, which is not good for Kinsey or the rest of

the university," she said. "Most people who aren't dealing with Kinsey aren't

because of a sense of distance."

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