Link to Author archive from Navigation Menus in dashboard?

I’d like to display a grid of authors on my site showing the name of the author and their avatar. The tricky part is, I’d like to be able to control this from the Menus page in the dashboard so I have control over who is displayed and in what order they are displayed.

Is this doable? I don’t think a custom walker would work in this situation as it wouldn’t allow for arbitrary order and selection control. So my next thought is how to add another selector on the menus page for authors. Any help?

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I don’t really understand why you want to use a menu to control this but it wouldn’t be very hard. First you obviously need a new page template for your grid which you will use get_users to pull your users for display –

Now if you want to control the order and whom is included in the grid via a menu what you would do is use the function wp_get_nav_menu_items() to get the items of your menu so that you can loop through the items and update the include parameter of get_users accordingly based on your menu items.