Presidential Search Committee holds open forums

Presidential Search Committee holds open forums

Members of the Presidential Search Committee and the search firm Academic Search, Inc. held open forums and stakeholder meetings to identify the attributes of candidates who will make up the pool of applicants from whom the Board may select the University’s seventh president.


Input from faculty, staff, students, alumni and administrators on the kind of leadership the Board should be seeking was gathered by Academic Search in five open forums and eight stakeholder meetings on Tuesday, Jan. 10 and Wednesday, Jan. 11 on campus. Some members of the Search Committee were in attendance at all forums.  While each forum was open to all and were held in the Oakland Center Banquet Rooms, faculty, student and staff leadership groups met with Senior Consultants Jessica Kozloff, president of Academic Search, and William Howard, its vice president.


The role of the consultants is not to select the next president, but to support the work of the Presidential Search Committee. The consultants help ensure that the search and selection process is managed effectively so that the Board of Trustees can achieve the goal of securing the best possible leader.


Academic Search will work with the Presidential Search Committee to identify up to three finalists who will visit campus in the spring.  An ad has been placed in numerous print and online media making the call for applications official.  The Presidential Search Committee has started the formal advertising campaign for applications and its consultants have begun active outreach now that their very informative campus visit has concluded.


If you were unable to attend the campus forums, you can send a confidential email to Academic Search representatives at or


Learn more about the presidential search at  .