Search Committee Members
The Search Committee includes representatives from The Board of Trustees, the student body, staff, and faculty.
- Scott Carpenter, Trustee and Search Committee Chair
- Laura Dagan, Trustee and Chair of the Board
- Mary Evslin, Trustee
- Jim Foster, Trustee
- Mike Kelly, President, Faculty Senate
- Chelsea Hutchings, President, Student Government Association
- Mark Neagley, Trustee
- Roland Palmer, President, Staff Council
- Mary Powell, Trustee and Vice-Chair of the Board
- Dawn Terrill, Trustee Emeriti & Alumnus
- Lisa Ventriss, Trustee
Non-voting commitee staff:
- Katie Hawley, Vice President and Secretary of the Corporation
Board Charge to the Search Committee
At the April 5, 2013 Board of Trustees meeting approval was given to form a Presidential Search Committee, in light of President David Finney's announcement to retire in June of 2014. The following is the Committee's charge issued at the Board meeting.
The Presidential Search Committee is charged with recommending to the Board of Trustees, not later than January 17, 2014 an unranked list of individuals (with an expectation of three-to-five candidates) who, in the Committee's judgment, are well qualified to lead Champlain College as its next president. The Search Committee is asked to base its recommendations upon the leadership criteria adopted by the Board of Trustees, as well as upon the Trustees' established policies with respect to equal opportunity and affirmative action.
The Board asks the Presidential Search Committee, in discharging its duties, to conduct the following activities within the budget amount approved by the Board of Trustees:
- Select a search firm;
- Develop a communications plan that will include the Chair of the Search Committee as the spokesperson for the search process;
- Develop the institutional analysis and leadership statement for approval by the Board;
- Draft and place advertisements for the position, using the statement of leadership qualities as the basis for advertising;
- Actively solicit nominations and applications from a diverse group of well-qualified persons, from within or outside the institution including women and minorities;
- Oversee the receipt of and responses to applications and nominations from all sources;
- Screen applications using the leadership criteria as the basis for choice;
- Select and interview semifinalist candidates;
- Assist in checking references of semifinalists;
- Report to the Board a summary of campus and community reactions to finalist candidates;
- Ensure that appropriate information about the College and the presidency is provided to candidates at each stage of the screening process;
- Ensure that confidentiality is strictly observed with respect to applicants and to the Committee's internal deliberations;
- Assure opportunities for finalist candidates to meet faculty, staff, students, alumni and community leaders and seek their feedback;
- Develop a plan to for a smooth transition to the Presidential Transition Team, to be implemented at the conclusion of the Search Committee's duties.