The board of directors is looking everywhere for the next president

The SRU Board of Trustees (COT) Governance Committee met Friday at the Smith Student Center to discuss new details of the presidential search.

The Presidential Search Committee within the TOC is headed by Administrator Jeff Smith. Smith said there were around 90 candidates for the SRU presidency, which is more than the consultants thought.

“We just went through all the resumes and CVs that came in,” said SRU administrator Elise Michaux. “If you’re trying to get a president, everyone’s resume is impressive.”

CV stands for curriculum vitae, which means “course of life”. This document describes their academic background.

Once their curriculum vitae have been evaluated, each of the 12 members of the COT submits their 10 best choices.

On September 29, the Presidential Search Committee will meet again to take each TOC member’s slate and narrow it down to eight to 10 candidates.

From there, the committee will meet to train candidates with questions before meeting with them in early November for offsite interviews. The list will be reduced to approximately four candidates.

The COT expects these candidates to come to SRU to meet with faculty and students beginning November 28. Next week, the Presidential Search Committee will finalize its recommendations for the Governance Committee to consider at the December meeting.

The TOC will then decide who to send to the Board of Governors for the final vote.

Applicants are currently confidential, but names may be released when they come to campus. Candidates also come from diverse backgrounds.

“I’m very proud of it,” Michaux said. “It’s very impressive in the range [of candidates], and that says a lot about the reputation we have and where we stand as an institution. People want to be part of it, no matter where they have been in their journey and experience.

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