What’s New: Presidential Search Update
Penn State announced a significant milestone this afternoon in the search for a new university president—a group of names has been submitted to the Trustee Presidential Selection Council, which will conduct interviews with the candidates.
Two groups have been involved in the search. The first, the University Presidential Search and Screen Committee, includes faculty, staff, students, and a representative of the Alumni Association, past president Katie Smarilli ’71 Lib, who was president when the committee was named. This committee did the initial broad screening. According to today’s announcement, this committee and the executive search firm Isaacson Miller contacted 400 people about the position and 150 people to ask for their input on possible candidates; the pool included “substantial numbers of women, underrepresented minorities, and leaders in the corporate and non-profit sector.”
Rod Erickson is scheduled to retire by June 30, 2014. Karen Bretherick Peetz ’77, chair of the Trustee Presidential Selection Council, has said that the goal is for the Board of Trustees to have someone identified by January 2014, giving that person time to prepare before taking office in June.
You can check out the entire announcement here, at presidentialsearch.psu.edu.
Lori Shontz, senior editor