Warren Wilson College News

Presidential search update

To the Members of the Warren Wilson Community:

The Presidential Search Committee held its second meeting on Thursday, September 8, following its initial organizational meeting on August 25.

The meeting was devoted primarily to reviewing and finalizing the various documents to be used in conducting the nationwide search to identify Dr. Orr’s successor. The Board of Trustees’ consultant, Dr. Herman Collier of Academic Search Consultation Service, who is assisting the Committee in its efforts, spent much of the week of August 22 on campus gathering information for a pre-search report for the Committee. His three days of interviews, forums and conversations with many of you, and his extensive examination of institutional documents, resulted in a working paper which the Committee used to identify and discuss the needs of Warren Wilson and the challenges and opportunities that will face our next president. The resulting document, which will constitute the basic search instrument and which will be provided to prospective nominees, is available on Warren Wilson’s website under the link titled “Presidential Search” (http://www.warren-wilson.edu/~search/). You may view other search documents here also, along with ongoing periodic updates from the search committee.

In reviewing the search documents, you will note the leadership qualities that the Committee believes will be important for the next president to possess. As you consider these characteristics, we urge you to suggest individuals you know who could serve effectively as Warren Wilson’s next president or who might know potential candidates. If you can help in this regard, please forward names (and addresses/phone numbers) to me in care of Allyson Hettrick, the Committee’s executive secretary (ahettrick@warren-wilson.edu), and we will write to them immediately. You may also refer names to Dr. Collier at 910-695-9953 or hcollier@earthlink.net. The Search Committee is very much aware that the success of our search depends upon the involvement of all members of the Warren Wilson community. By helping us identify strong candidates, you can be immediately and critically involved in the search process.

Over the next few months, we will generate a candidate pool through nominations received from you, national education and foundation officials, other colleges and universities, friends of Warren Wilson, advertising in The Chronicle of Higher Education (our ad is scheduled for the September 23 print edition, and online starting September 19) and the work of Dr. Collier and his colleagues. In December, we will begin to narrow the candidate pool, moving toward a time in February when interviews involving the entire campus will be held.

The Committee believes the search is off to a great start. We will write to you again as the search progresses. In the meantime, please continue to check the presidential search link at Warren Wilson’s website for the latest information on the Committee’s work.

Ron Hunt, Chair, Presidential Search Committee

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