June 24, 2014
We are pleased to inform you that our presidential search is under way.
Our search consultants, Ms. Maya R. Kirkhope and Dr. Jackie Doud of Academic Search, Inc., visited campus, May 12 – 14, and met with board members, senior administrators, faculty, staff, RHSM representatives, alumni and students. We thank those individuals who were able to meet with Maya and Jackie and to provide them with informative insights about the opportunities for MMC’s next president.
The Search Committee met with the search consultants on May 14. We discussed the search process and key criteria for organizing a search; reviewed a preliminary timeline; and laid the groundwork for the first important steps for launching the search. The Search Committee then met at length and developed a strong consensus about the qualities we want the next president to possess. Our objective is to attract candidates who enhance the College’s mission and who have the expertise to lead the College to even greater success. Based on the foregoing, the Search Committee worked with Maya and Jackie to develop a job ad and position profile describing the key institutional opportunities and challenges and a set of desired characteristics for our next president. We posted the job ad on the presidential search section of the College’s website and in a number of publications, including the Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, Women in Higher Education, Diverse Jobs and the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences.
We urge you to nominate people you know who could serve effectively as our next president or those who might recommend potential candidates. If you have nominees, please complete the confidential online nomination form posted on the presidential search section of our website or forward the name(s) to our consultants: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. The success of our search will depend on the involvement, support and interest of all members of the MMC community. We have also posted a webpage called “Frequently Asked Questions“ which provide additional information about the search process.
Maya and Jackie have begun to work on generating a robust candidate pool. In addition to posting the job ad in key publications, they will reach out to a broad network of contacts and follow up on nominations submitted by you and other members of the higher education community. The Search Committee will begin to review applications in late August and expects to identify a small group of candidates whose skills and expertise appear to be most closely related to our needs. The Committee expects to conduct neutral-site interviews in October and plans to invite finalists to campus in November. We expect the successful candidate to assume office on July 1, 2015.
We will post updates on a periodic basis as the search progresses. Please contact me as the Search Chair or the search consultants if you have questions or information that could be helpful. Thank you for your continued interest and support.
Anne C. Flannery ‘73
Search Chair & Member, Board of Trustees