Update from Search Chair Hoot Gibson

Dear University Community:

I offer this search update on behalf of the Presidential Search Committee. The search committee met recently and faced some difficult choices as it reviewed the candidacies of a well-qualified, diverse and national pool of academic leaders.

The committee selected a small number of semifinalists for confidential preliminary interviews to be held off campus. At the conclusion of those interviews, a subset of those candidates will be identified as finalists to participate in extensive interviews on campus with a broad range of constituents. Our current timetable expects that we will welcome finalists to campus in early to mid-November. Your participation in those visits will be vital to the success of the search.

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. I will be back in touch when the finalists have committed for their visits.

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