Presidential Search Committee to Form This Summer

Posted: April 19, 2013

Trustee Chair Joseph M. Bryan Jr., in cooperation with the Board of Trustees, is establishing the Presidential Search Committee to recommend President Kent Chabotar’s successor to the board by February or March of 2014.

The search committee will have 12 to 14 members, including the chair and vice chair. In addition to trustees, the committee will include persons selected by the chair from nominations of faculty, administrative and support staff, students, alumni and members of the Board of Visitors. Hiring and evaluating the College president is one of the primary responsibilities of the trustees.

“In creating the search committee, my aim is to be as inclusive, transparent and diverse as possible,” Joe stated. “Hiring a president is a critically important decision for the College.

“Fortunately, Kent has given us plenty of notice of his retirement so that this process can be carried out in a very thoughtful and intentional manner. I am very grateful for that.”

In March, Kent announced his intention to retire as of June 30, 2014, after serving for 12 years. His successor will be the ninth president since Guilford became a four-year college in 1888.

Joe stated he will discuss committee membership with the trustees’ executive committee in May and the full board in June.

Once the committee is established, work will begin this summer with duties that include:

  • Writing the presidential position description
  • Selecting a search firm to assist in identifying and vetting candidates
  • Working with the search firm to select and interview semifinalists
  • Interviewing semifinalists confidentially off campus and finalists in public on campus
  • Recommending one or more finalists to the full board by February or March of next year

The committee will be responsible for keeping the full board involved in key decisions and ensuring that the larger community is informed.

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