Update from Search Chair Hoot Gibson

Dear University Community:

I am pleased to report that the search for the University’s next president is progressing well and on schedule.

The Presidential Search Committee recently met and began the multistage vetting process to identify candidates whose backgrounds and experiences ­seem especially consistent with the qualities and qualifications established for the search. The committee faced difficult choices as it reviewed the applications of a broad and deep pool of accomplished leaders and chose to advance a select group for initial reference checks.

The committee will meet again in October to conduct another level of evaluation and to select a small number of semifinalists for confidential preliminary interviews to be held prior to November.

We are pleased with the progress of the committee’s work to date and encouraged about the ultimate outcome of the search process. If you have questions, please direct them to me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or to our consultant Julie Tea at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Thank you for your interest and support.

Hoot Gibson, '73
Search Committee Chair
and Immediate Past Board of Trustees Chair