Update on search for new president

Claire Bowen, Board Chair

Claire Bowen ’70, Chair of the Board of Trustees

The presidential recruitment process is now in high gear. After President Joe Lee resigned in the late summer, the Board of Trustees committed to finding the “best fit and most qualified person to be our next president,” says Claire Bowen ’70, chair of the Board and the Presidential Search Committee. To that end, the committee has chosen the firm of Isaacson, Miller to conduct an unbiased national search.

“The single most important decision that the Board of Trustees will be making in the foreseeable future is that of recommending the appointment of the next president who will unify the Saint Joseph’s community around a common vision and strategy for the future – and who will clearly articulate the benefits of a strong Catholic liberal arts and sciences education that distinguishes the college from its competitors,” says Bowen.

According to Bowen, the search committee interviewed consultants from three search firms and selected one with the greatest depth of experience, broadest scope of national networking, and an extremely successful track record of placing presidents in Catholic colleges.

Isaacon, Miller staff started by visiting the college to carefully listen, learn and understand its unique strategic challenges and organizational culture. They wanted to understand the implicit mission, vision and values of the college, as well as the strategic goals to be achieved by the new president. They interviewed many stakeholders on campus (a wide variety of both individuals and groups), summarizing in writing their understanding of the college, its strategic challenges, the specific objectives and expectations for the president, and a description of the personal and professional characteristics of an ideal candidate. The recruitment document is on the college website at www.sjcme.edu/pres-search.

Aerial photo of Xavier Hall and Harold Alfond Hall

The search consultants have placed advertisements in periodicals and websites, and have reached out to their extensive network. A thorough review of resumes will begin in March, followed by interviews in April. The search committee will interview selected semifinalists to narrow the field of candidates, then interview finalists on campus with the involvement of the campus community. It is hoped that a new college president will be announced in May and be on campus for the start of the new academic year.

The search committee includes representatives from the Board, faculty, Sisters of Mercy, senior leadership, alumni and staff.

Feel free to contact Claire Bowen at cbowen2@comcast.net with your thoughts, suggestions and concerns.