As many readers know, I expect to be IUP’s interim president for one more year. The university’s trustees have appointed a committee that has begun a search for a new president. I hope when he or she arrives next year, I will transfer leadership of a university that is both fiscally strong and decidedly dynamic in its approach to the future.
Susan Snell Delaney ’64 is chairperson of the Search Committee. “We have a talented, enthusiastic committee,” she told the university in a community message, “and we feel strongly that IUP has a great deal to offer for candidates aspiring to be our next president.”
The executive recruiting firm Witt/Kieffer and one of its senior vice presidents, John Thornburgh, are working with the committee. Over the summer, they’re questioning different groups about what characteristics and qualifications an IUP president should have. In late summer or early fall, the position will be advertised widely. Interviews are anticipated for December.
Sometime early next year, the committee expects to recommend three finalists to the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The chancellor and Board of Governors will then select IUP’s next president. By the midsummer of 2012, I anticipate the new president will be installed in Sutton Hall, and Kay and I will be back in Illinois.
A commendably broad range of constituencies is represented in the search. In addition to Susan, the committee comprises the following voting members: Jim Miller and Gealy Wallwork from the Council of Trustees; Bob Camp, dean of the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology; faculty members Mark Staszkiewicz, Rob Mutchnick, Ben Rafoth, and Mel Jenkins M’92; Sandy Beck, representing AFSCME; Andrea Campbell, representing SPFPA; David Bivens, representing the Student Government Association; Jim Wansacz ’94, president of the IUP Alumni Association; and Sue McMurdy, a member of the Foundation for IUP board.
Readers can track the search’s progress on IUP’s Presidential Search website.
I’m confident in the committee’s ability to select the kind of president the university needs. Having served as interim president for the past year, I’m also enthusiastic about all that IUP is and all that it can be.