The Search Committee has adopted a detailed schedule leading to a comprehensive national and international search for our new President.

The outline of the schedule is:

Sept 2019 Judy McLaughlin, Educational Chair, Harvard Seminar for New Presidents, Harvard University, led the Board of Trustees’ full-day analysis of the Board’s vision for the future of the University and, in light of that vision, the qualities and characteristics that the University seeks in our new President.

Sept 2019 The Search Committee had its initial meeting, during which it planned the broad outline of its work. The Committee then prepared and sent a Request for Proposal to the nation’s leading academic search consulting firms.

Oct 2019 The Search Committee analyzed the consulting firms’ responses, selected two firms to make full presentations to the Committee, and then selected consultant Julie Filizetti of the firm Isaacson Miller. [include link to the Search Consultant page]

Nov 2019 The Search Committee met with consultant Julie Filizetti and her colleague Leslie McCarthy to further refine the Committee’s work plan and to begin preparing the Position Profile (job description) to be advertised beginning in March 2020.

Dec 2019 Dr. Martin publicly announced his planned departure for June 30, 2021. [include link to Dr. Martin’s letter] The Board of Trustees publicly announced the formation of the Search Committee. [include link to Marty’s letter]

January 2020 The Search Committee and consultant will hold a series of meetings with the leadership of University constituencies. These meetings will supplement the representation that the constituencies have on the Search Committee and will ensure that the Committee has a broad and deep understanding of the qualities and characteristics that the University seeks in a new President. These meetings will help inform the Committee’s preparation of the Position Profile.

Feb 2020 The Search Committee will present the proposed Position Profile (job description) to the Board of Trustees for its approval. The Committee will then begin advertising the position and soliciting nominations and applications.

April 2020 Having monitored the applications as they come in, the Search Committee will meet with the consultant to review the initial applications and share insights from the initial rounds of networking.

May–July 2020 The Search Committee will continue to review applications, and the consultant will conduct limited interviews of candidates.

Aug 2020 The consultant will present the full candidate pool to the Search Committee, which will then decide which candidates to interview.

Sep–Oct 2020 The Search Committee will conduct confidential in-person, off-site interviews with the selected candidates. The Committee will then select the finalists.

Oct 2020 The search consultant will conduct comprehensive education and employment verification checks and extensive references on each finalist and report the findings to the Search Committee.

Nov 2020 The finalists will visit the campus for interviews with constituent groups. After further evaluating the finalists and considering the responses from constituent groups, the Search Committee will make its recommendation to the Board of Trustees.

Dec 2020 At a special meeting of the Board of Trustees, the Board will select our new President.

Jan–June 2021 Through a process to be determined by the Board of Trustees, the University will make the transition to a new President.

July 1, 2021 The new President begins work.