The 15-member Presidential Search Committee has reviewed more than 90 applications and agreed on 10 semifinalists to be interviewed March 12-13 in the next major step in the process to identify President Kent Chabotar’s successor. Kent plans to retire June 30 after serving for 12 years.
The search committee met Feb. 25 to review applications submitted to the Witt/Kieffer executive search firm and choose the semifinalists. Search committee chair and trustee Carole Bruce characterized the overall pool of applicants as “well qualified with very diverse experiences and qualifications.” Witt/Kieffer identified some of the applicants for Guilford.
“The members of the search committee were very pleased and impressed with the applications that were submitted,” said Carole. “Narrowing the field of candidates required the committee’s best efforts to focus on Guilford’s needs for its next president. The commitment and dedication of the committee members are exemplary as we worked together to reach consensus on the semifinalists.”
As is customary, the search committee will conduct interviews with semifinalists privately. The committee is charged with submitting at least three well-qualified finalists to the Board of Trustees following the mid-March interviews.
As reported earlier to the campus community, there is a possibility the College will use a hybrid model for the finalists’ interviews. This process would be used only if one or more finalists’ circumstances would cause them to withdraw rather than participate in fully public interviews.
Carole said, “If our consultant thinks we will need to use hybrid method based upon her knowledge of the semifinalists and conversations with them, we will convene a group of representatives of the community constituencies representing students, faculty, staff, alumni and Board of Visitors, who will pledge to hold in confidence all information about the finalists.”
This proxy group would meet with the finalists along with trustees and search committee members and give their opinions and feedback to the full board of trustees, which will select Guilford’s ninth president.