Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

Will there be regular updates on the search?

Yes; the search chair will provide regular updates to the College community at critical points in the search. Please check this website periodically for updates.

How can I make a nomination?

There is a confidential online nomination form on this website. We ask that you carefully review the presidential qualifications and experiences as outlined in the Presidential Search Profile before submitting a nomination. Your nomination will go directly to the search consultants and they will reach out to the nominee. The search consultants will not provide your name to the nominee, but you are free to do so.

What is the role of the Search Committee Chair?

The search chair is the official spokesperson for the search committee. The chair will provide regular updates to the STAC community and will address questions or concerns from members of the community through the duration of the search process.

What information can Search Committee members share with me?

The search committee is restricted in the information that it can share with the STAC community. The confidentiality statement that all members have signed requires that they not share any information discussed during search committee meetings.  Also, they are not to share any information related to candidates, even after the search has closed.

Whom do I contact if I want to share specific information or if I have a question about the search?

As per the confidentiality statement and charge to the search committee, the search chair is the only individual allowed to speak on behalf of the search committee and the search process.  Please contact the search chair or the search consultants if you have information that will be helpful to them. 

Are internal candidates treated any differently than external candidates?

Internal candidates are vetted in the same way as external candidates. All candidates are assessed based on the criteria outlined in the Presidential Search Profile. The committee carefully selects the strongest candidates, either internal or external, for further consideration based on the presidential search qualifications and experiences.

Why is confidentiality so important in the search process?

Many of our candidates will hold key positions at other institutions and will only submit an application if confidentiality is guaranteed. Members of the search committee have signed an agreement that secures confidentiality for all discussions and deliberations related to the presidential search. For your information, a copy of the confidentiality statement guiding the work of the Presidential Search Committee is available on the Presidential Search website.

How will members of the STAC community participate in the search process?

Many members of the STAC community took part in the pre-search visit that the consultants held on campus in May. Members of the campus community and members of the Board of Trustees completed a survey that provided input about the skills, qualifications, and experiences sought in the next president. As a result, the search consultants gathered valuable information and insights about the institution and the presidency. This information will be valuable to the search consultants during the recruiting phase of the search process.

When finalist candidates are selected, members of the STAC community will be strongly encouraged to attend campus-wide forums, as available.  An online feedback form will be distributed to those who attend the forums to ensure that we gather feedback on the finalist candidates. Feedback from the community will be shared with the search committee as they deliberate on the strengths of and any concerns about each of the finalist candidates.

Will I have an opportunity to share my opinion of the finalists with the search committee?

Yes, besides sharing your feedback on finalists through the online feedback form, you can also share your thoughts with members of the search committee.

When will our next president take office?

We expect the next president to take office on July 1, 2020. The new president may be visible and meet with individuals on campus earlier in the summer, but the official start date is July 1, 2020.