The search committee is charged to recommend to the Board of Trustees one candidate to serve as the 17th vice-chancellor and president. The candidate must be highly qualified to lead Sewanee in the coming years. The board retains the final right to ratify and appoint the vice-chancellor and president.

Charge to the Vice Chancellor and President Search Committee
Sept. 27, 2019

The search committee is charged to recommend to the Board of Trustees one candidate to serve as the 17th vice-chancellor and president. The candidate must be highly qualified to lead Sewanee in the coming years. The board retains the final right to ratify and appoint the vice-chancellor and president.

The search must be conducted with careful attention to and significant input from Sewanee’s many constituencies. Toward that end, the search committee will give each constituency ample opportunity to share views on qualities to seek in candidates and to nominate specific individuals. A website dedicated to the search, available for public viewing, will be established and maintained.

The committee itself is broadly representative, but individual members are not charged with representing a constituency. Each of you represents the institution as a whole, and your charge is to find a great new leader for the University.

The search committee will develop a profile of the University and the desired attributes in candidates. This profile will guide the search and selection process. It will be shared with both prospective and actual candidates, nomination sources, and with the broader Sewanee community. The committee will also develop an advertisement to be placed in relevant media to publicize the open position.

The committee, working with the support of Storbeck/Pimentel and Associates, our executive search consultant, will undertake an active national search to identify a diverse field of promising candidates. Through multiple interviews and detailed reference and background checks, the search committee will then winnow the field to a recommended candidate with potential alternates. 

It is the aim of the committee to conduct a search whose process is thoroughly transparent, but with the understanding that the identities of those applying for the position must be kept completely confidential. Accordingly, throughout the process, and forever after, the search committee and its staff will commit to complete confidentiality as to the names of the candidates, the nature of the committee’s deliberations, and the details pertaining to the selection. Subject to this constraint, the chair of the search committee will make periodic reports to the board and members of the Sewanee community about the progress of the search. Only the committee chair will serve as spokesperson for the search.

The next vice-chancellor and president of Sewanee is expected to be announced during spring 2020 and to assume office around Aug. 1, 2020. Upon successful conclusion of the search, the committee will dissolve.

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