Timeline & Updates

We are committed to keeping the community informed about progress with the search. We plan to send regular updates on the search process, as use this website to share the latest news and to receive feedback and nominations. Here are our communications to date on the search process:

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Dear Champlain College Community:

As promised, please find an important update about the Presidential Search.

Highlights/TL;DR

  • We have three wonderful finalists for Champlain's next President. On-campus and online visits start next week.
  • We're working on final schedules for each visit, but Candidate #1 will be here on February 5-6, Candidate #2 on February 10-11, and Candidate #3 on February 12-13. 
  • Candidate bios will be available 24 hours before visits and we ask that you do not post information about the candidates on social media. Your participation in the sessions is needed and your confidential feedback will be critical!

Three finalists selected.

The Search Committee is excited to bring three strong finalists to campus for both in-person and online visits with students, faculty, staff, and trustees. Visits will start next week; see below for the visit dates and more details. 

The Committee selected the finalists after nearly four hours of direct interviews with each candidate, plus additional conversations and vetting by our search firm, Koya Leadership Partners. You will get a chance to learn more about the finalists before their visits. For now, we can tell you that the candidates are impressive higher education leaders, each having worked either at or near the top of a college or university. All are energized by the extraordinary promise of Champlain's future.

Mark your calendars.

Here are the dates for each visit:

  • Candidate #1: February 5-6
  • Candidate #2: February 10-11
  • Candidate #3: February 12-13

During each visit, we are scheduling sessions for students, faculty, staff, and trustees—both on-campus and online—to hear from the candidates and ask them questions. In the Champlain tradition, tough questions and open dialogue are welcome and encouraged. We also want to highlight Champlain's many strengths and the candidates want to hear what you think makes Champlain special.

As soon as we finalize the times and locations, you'll receive invites from Katherine Birrow to hold spots on your calendar. Everyone will have at least two chances to hear from finalists: in addition to specific sessions for groups, each candidate will host an open forum for the entire campus community.

Who are the finalists?

About 24 hours before each candidate's visit, you will receive a link to their biography. We recognize this is a brief window to review the material, but it makes sense as we seek to honor our candidates' current roles and relationships with colleagues at their home institutions. The finalists respect Champlain's process by coming to campus for open sessions; and, in turn, we respect their professional and personal commitments by considering how we communicate their candidacy to our Champlain community.

In this context, we ask you to refrain from posting to social media or other public forums about the identity of our finalists or details from their visits. You will have the opportunity to provide confidential feedback about each candidate to the Search Committee.

The Search Committee looks forward to seeing all of you in the coming weeks. As always, please contact any of us, or me directly, with questions. The Search is one of our favorite topics! 

Thanks,

Neale

Neale F. Lunderville
Chair, Presidential Search Committee
presidentialsearch@champlain.edu 

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Dear Champlain College Community:

Happy New Year! And welcome back for the spring semester. I'm writing with a brief update on the Presidential Search process and what's to come over the next couple of months:

Highlights/TL;DR

  • Search has yielded a strong, diverse, and dynamic pool of applicants. 350+ interested with 110+ applications.
  • Committee interviewed the ten best and is bringing six back for a second round.
  • Committee will select three finalists for on-campus and online visits in February. Your feedback will be critical!

Strong applicant pool.

After we published our Prospectus in October, the applications started pouring in. Between targeted recruiting and unsolicited inquiries, our search partner, Koya Leadership Partners, talked with over 350 potential candidates, which yielded more than 110 applications.

Overall, we have been very impressed by the quality and diversity of the pool. The top candidates are all accomplished leaders in higher education with extraordinary careers advancing excellence and innovation in their fields.

With Koya's help, the Search Committee narrowed 110 applications to ten candidates for first round interviews. Over two days last week, the Committee interviewed each candidate and selected six applicants for a second round of in-depth questioning and dialogue.

Each of these six semi-finalists would make a great college president in their own right. But the Search Committee's job is to find an exceptional leader for Champlain. Based on the quality of the applicants, we're confident that we'll find the right president from our pool.

What's next? Campus visits in February.

The Search Committee is still in the "quiet phase" of the search: interviewing candidates and narrowing the pool. During this phase, our work remains confidential to protect the candidates' identities and the integrity of the search process.

From the six semi-finalists, the Search Committee will choose three finalists to bring to campus in February. These visits will allow the Champlain community, both on-campus and online, to meet the candidates and give the Search Committee feedback.

By the end of January, we will be back to you with dates and times for candidate visits. Your feedback on the finalists is really important to the process. We'll be asking you to fill out a quick survey to help guide the Search Committee's recommendation to the Board of Trustees. The Board will make the final decision.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, concerns, or comments please contact me or any one of the Search Committee members directly. We're always happy to chat!

Thanks,

Neale
Neale F. Lunderville
Chair, Presidential Search Committee
presidentialsearch@champlain.edu 

Link to this FAQ

Hello Champlain College community,

Our Presidential Search is well underway and I'd like to share an update on the latest developments, as well as our Prospectus for candidates. 

Highlights/TL;DR: 

  1. Thank you for your strong engagement, keen insights, and inspiration over the last month.
  2. Based on your input, the Presidential Prospectus is complete and now public. Have a look!
  3. For our next leader, you said: "leader, not manager"; "must collaborate and act"; "relationship builder"; "spirited communicator"; and "champion for DE&I." 

Great engagement. Thank you.

First, my sincere thanks to the entire Champlain community for a great turnout for our open forums over the last month to talk about the qualities and competencies we're seeking in our next leader. For the Search Committee and our partner, Koya, the meetings were constructive, informative, and immensely helpful in drafting the Prospectus.

A Presidential Prospectus is more than just a list of job requirements. It is a look into the world of Champlain for candidates who might have only a vague notion of our institution. In the Prospectus, we share Champlain's past, present, and future, with special emphasis on the Champlain 2025 framework. It's one part job posting, one part tutorial, and one part marketing piece. Our aim was to capture an honest picture of Champlain's strengths and challenges, with a clear outline of what we're seeking in our next leader.

The Search Committee and Koya compiled a draft prospectus and went through several iterations tuning the document to best reflect a distillation of your input. The final version was approved by the Board of Trustees at its October 11th meeting. The text was put into a stunning layout by Champlain's own Jonathan Mikulak, Assistant Professor of Visual Communication Design.

For the final Prospectus, please click here

What we heard

As we sifted through pages of notes from the many meetings and comments submitted online, we found some common themes.

At first glance, the candidate profile that stakeholders described sounds like a unicorn: the seemingly impossible mix of a charismatic leader, higher ed futurist, experienced financial manager, proven collaborator, and community pillar, with academic credentials, entrepreneurial acumen, and fundraising prowess, plus wise, courageous, just, and so on. However, some qualities and competencies bubbled to the top:

  • First and foremost: a leader, not a manager, who can support and work with a top-tier team
  • Leader who knows how to both engage & collaborate and decide & act
  • Relationship & trust builder: on campus, among & between groups; off campus with donors, parents, alumni, and community & employer partners
  • Spirited, inspirational communicator who can articulate a shared vision for Champlain's future that's vivid enough for everyone to see and be inspired by
  • Experience leading through periods of change & challenge: strategic mindset with tactical follow-through
  • Proven champion for diversity, equity, and inclusivity

All groups highlighted the need to recruit candidates from the broadest and most diverse applicant pool as possible, which is consistent with our values. We used all of this input to craft the Prospectus. 

The next few months

For the next several months, the Search Committee will be in its "quiet phase." Candidates have already started to submit applications. The Committee will meet at least four times between now and December to review incoming applications and narrow the field based on the Core Competencies outlined in the Prospectus. By mid-December, we will identify 8-10 candidates for off-campus, in-person interviews that will occur in early January. The quiet phase is entirely confidential to protect candidates' personal information and the integrity of the process. 

By mid- to late January, the Search re-emerges. Based on the off-campus interviews, the Committee will bring three or so finalists to campus for a day of interviews and meetings. After meeting with both on campus and online faculty, staff, students, trustees, and others, the Committee will gather your feedback and deliberate on its recommendation to the Board of Trustees in mid-February. The Board makes the final decision. 

We will continue to keep community members informed as the Search progresses. Please let me or any other member of the Search Committee know if you have any questions, concerns, or comments.

Thanks,
Neale

Neale F. Lunderville
Chair, Presidential Search Committee
presidentialsearch@champlain.edu

Link to this FAQ

Hello Champlain College students!

I'm Neale Lunderville, a member of Champlain's Board of Trustee and the Chair of the Presidential Search Committee. One of the most significant roles of the Board is selecting a President, and now that you are back on campus, I wanted to share an update on how we do that work and ways for students to share their voices in this important process.

Highlights/TL;DR:

  • Search Goals: (a) recruit a talented, top-quality leader from a diverse applicant pool; (b) open, transparent & participatory search process inclusive of campus voices; (c) build trust & spur excitement about Champlain's future
  • Search Committee: Students, faculty, staff, trustees, and a public member form a committee broadly representative of the campus community. Molly Kathleen Aldrich '20, SGA President, and Maria Morales '20, SGA Vice President, are representing on campus students.
  • Share your voice in an open forum for students on Tuesday, September 10, 2:00-3:15 PM in Fireside Lounge, IDX. What are you looking for in Champlain's next leader? In addition, we have a confidential online survey here to share your thoughts. Feedback and questions are also welcome at presidentialsearch@champlain.edu. 

Search Values/Goals: The focus of our search is to recruit a talented, top-quality leader from a diverse applicant pool who will lead Champlain into an even brighter future. The search process is also an important opportunity for a conversation with the entire Champlain community about the institution's future. We want to structure the search to reflect the College's core values and cultivate this robust dialogue. We plan for the search process to:

  • Be open and transparent, iterative and participatory, healthy and constructive, and prize the inclusion of a diverse array of voices; 
  • Use positive engagement and promote honest, respectful conversation to build trust and spur excitement about the future; and
  • Use input from both stakeholders and candidates to refine our strategic plan and direction, and to better understand the opportunities and challenges for Champlain.

Search Committee: The Presidential Search Committee is the primary conduit between the campus and the candidates. The Search Committee's first duty is to the College: to find a great leader who will drive Champlain forward in the years ahead. Its charge is to create a thoughtful description of the College and this role that reflects what the campus is looking for in a new leader, narrow the pool of applicants, and recommend a short list of highly qualified candidates from which the Board makes the final decision. 

The Board developed the Committee membership to be broadly representative of the campus's diverse community. The Committee includes six on-campus representatives (faculty, staff, and students), six trustees, and one community member. Molly Kathleen Aldrich '20, SGA President, and Maria Morales '20, SGA Vice President, will represent on campus students. The complete list of Committee members with bios and photos can be found here.  

The Search Committee will be supported by a search partner: Koya Leadership Partners. We've hired Koya because we are impressed with their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, community, and a singular focus on mission-driven organizations like Champlain.

Share Your Voice: Over the next few weeks, the Search Committee and Koya will start talking with the campus community around the important question: What are you looking for in Champlain's next leader? We will convene an open forum for students on Tuesday, September 10 from 2:00-3:15 PM in Fireside Lounge, IDX. Your input will help us to create the Search Profile, which is an important tool to tell the Champlain story to prospective candidates. We want to ensure that if you have an opinion about Champlain's next leader, we have a place to hear your thoughts.

Working with Koya, we also have crafted an online survey to get your thoughts and feedback. Please follow this link to take the survey: Presidential Search Online Survey. Koya is administering this survey as part of the search process. Individual survey responses are strictly confidential. Koya will aggregate the data, interpret key themes and trends, and share its analysis with the Search Committee. The results will help the Search Committee and Koya craft the Search Profile. 

Staying in Touch: One of our goals is to keep the campus community informed about progress with the search. We will share regular updates on the search process, as well as have a website for the latest news and to receive feedback. At any point, if you have questions, comments, concerns, critiques, or feedback, please reach out to me or to any member of the Search Committee directly, or email us at presidentialsearch@champlain.edu. In addition, I encourage you to share your feedback with the SGA Search Committee members-Molly Kathleen Aldrich '20 and Maria Morales '20-during their office hours in Hearthstone, IDX:

  • Molly Kathleen Aldrich's office hours: Mondays 9:00-11:00 AM; Tuesdays 9:00-10:00 AM; Fridays 9:00-11:00 AM
  • Maria Morales's office hours: Wednesdays 9:30-11:00 AM, 3:30-5:00 PM; Fridays 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Your voice is critically important to the search. Please let us know what's on your mind!

Thanks,

Neale
Neale F. Lunderville
Chair, Presidential Search Committee
presidentialsearch@champlain.edu

Link to this FAQ

Hello Champlain College students!

I'm Neale Lunderville, a member of Champlain's Board of Trustees and the Chair of the Presidential Search Committee. One of the most significant roles of the Board is selecting a President, and I wanted to share an update on how we do that work and ways for online students to share their voices in this important process.

Highlights/TL;DR:

  • Search Goals: (a) recruit a talented, top-quality leader from a diverse applicant pool; (b) open, transparent & participatory search process inclusive of online and on-campus voices; (c) build trust & spur excitement about Champlain's future
  • Search Committee: Students, faculty, staff, trustees, and a public member form a committee broadly representative of the Champlain community
  • Share your voice in one of two online forums for online students. These sessions will be held at 6:00 PM ET on September 18 and 12 noon ET on September 20. What are you looking for in Champlain's next leader? In addition, we have a confidential online survey here to share your thoughts. Feedback and questions are also welcome at presidentialsearch@champlain.edu.  

Search Values/Goals: The focus of our search is to recruit a talented, top-quality leader from a diverse applicant pool who will lead Champlain into an even brighter future. The search process is also an important opportunity for a conversation with the entire Champlain community about the institution's future. We want to structure the search to reflect the College's core values and cultivate this robust dialogue. We plan for the search process to:

  • Be open and transparent, iterative and participatory, healthy and constructive, and prize the inclusion of a diverse array of voices; 
  • Use positive engagement and promote honest, respectful conversation to build trust and spur excitement about the future; and
  • Use input from both stakeholders and candidates to refine our strategic plan and direction, and to better understand the opportunities and challenges for Champlain.

Search Committee: The Presidential Search Committee is the primary conduit between the Champlain community and the candidates. The Search Committee's first duty is to the College: to find a great leader who will drive Champlain forward in the years ahead. Its charge is to create a thoughtful description of the College and this role that reflects what the campus is looking for in a new leader, narrow the pool of applicants, and recommend a short list of highly qualified candidates from which the Board makes the final decision. 

The Board developed the Committee membership to be broadly representative of the College's diverse community. The Committee includes six Champlain representatives (faculty, staff, and students), six trustees, and one community member. The complete list of Committee members with bios and photos can be found here.  

The Search Committee will be supported by a search partner: Koya Leadership Partners. We've hired Koya because we are impressed with their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, community, and a singular focus on mission-driven organizations like Champlain.

Share your voice: Over the next few weeks, the Search Committee and Koya will start talking with the online and on-campus community around the important question: What are you looking for in Champlain's next leader? We will convene two online forums for online students. The first will be held at 6:00 PM ET on Wednesday, September 18 and the second at 12:00 noon ET on Friday, September 20. A separate email with a registration link and information for joining will follow in the coming days. Your input will help us to create the Search Profile, which is an important tool to tell the Champlain story to prospective candidates. We want to ensure that if you have an opinion about Champlain's next leader, we have a place to hear your thoughts.

Working with Koya, we also have crafted an online survey to get your thoughts and feedback. Please follow this link to take the survey: Presidential Search Online Survey. Koya is administering this survey as part of the search process. Individual survey responses are strictly confidential. Koya will aggregate the data, interpret key themes and trends, and share its analysis with the Search Committee. The results will help the Search Committee and Koya craft the Search Profile. 

Staying in Touch: One of our goals is to keep the community informed about progress with the search. We will share regular updates on the search process, as well as have a website for the latest news and to receive feedback. At any point, if you have questions, comments, concerns, critiques, or feedback, please reach out to me or to any member of the Search Committee directly, or email us at presidentialsearch@champlain.edu

Your voice is critically important to the search. Please let us know what's on your mind!

Thanks,

Neale
Neale F. Lunderville
Chair, Presidential Search Committee
presidentialsearch@champlain.edu

Link to this FAQ

Hello Champlain College Community!

Fall is in the air...and Champlain College's Presidential Search is starting to gain momentum. The Search Committee is kicking it into high gear with campus engagement starting next week. Your participation is needed. Please see below for more information.
Highlights/TL;DR:

  • #SearchPartner: We've hired Koya Leadership Partners to help with our search. We are impressed with their singular focus on mission-driven organizations like Champlain.
  • #OpenForums: What are you looking for in Champlain's next leader? Please let us know starting September 10 during both on-campus and online forums. 
  • #OnlineSurvey: Another way to provide input is through a confidential online survey administered by Koya. Click here to submit your thoughts, as well as names/nominations for potential candidates.

Search Partner Announced: We are excited to announce that we've hired Koya Leadership Partners as Champlain College's partner in the search process. Koya stood out with its demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and its experience recruiting high-quality candidates that can balance the need for collaboration, consensus, and respect in governance with being responsive to market realities and the evolving interests of both traditional and non-traditional students. Koya is well-versed in the unique and pressing challenges that face higher education today, and will help position Champlain to attract top-tier candidates who can lead us forward in the decade to come.

Koya recently became part of the Diversified Search Group, one of the nation's largest and most successful search firms. This is an added benefit for Champlain: As a firm under the Diversified Search umbrella, Koya has maintained its leadership, team, and focus on mission-driven clients, but is now able to leverage Diversified's deep industry and sector expertise, drawing on candidates and search experts from private industry, nonprofit, and higher education.

Both Koya and Diversified Search were founded by women, are ranked among the top executive search firms in the nation for 2019 by Forbes Magazine, and are recognized leaders with strong track records placing women and people of color in leadership positions. Our lead search partners with Koya/Diversified are Michelle Bonoan and Andrew Wheeler.

Open Forums Start September 10: A key aspect of the search involves seeking input from a wide array of Champlain stakeholders to guide us in crafting the Search Profile (also known as the "prospectus"). The Search Committee and Koya want to gain your thoughts on the qualities desired in a new President and the challenges and opportunities the new President will encounter. 

Starting next Tuesday, September 10, the Search Committee and Koya will be hosting a series of on-campus and virtual forums to hear from you and capture input to help us inform the prospectus. We have worked with the Search Committee and stakeholder groups to develop the events and encourage attendance. Here is the current schedule of forums for employees:

  • Staff Forum: Tuesday, September 10, 11:00 AM-12:15 PM, Lakeside 101/102
  • Full-Time Faculty Forum: Wednesday, September 11, 8:15-9:30 AM, Morgan Room, Aiken Hall
  • On-Campus Adjunct Faculty Forum: Wednesday, September 11, 1:30-2:45 PM, Morgan Room, Aiken Hall
  • Champlain College Online Faculty Forum: Friday, September 20, 12:00 noon ET and a second evening session will be added. A separate email with a registration link and information for joining, as well as the time slot for the second evening session, will follow in the coming days.

Online Survey Now Open: Forums are not the only way to give your input about Champlain's next leader. Working with Koya, we have crafted an online survey to get your thoughts and feedback. There is also an opportunity to nominate potential candidates and/or suggest individuals who would provide recommendations of candidates. Please follow this link to take the survey: Presidential Search Online Survey.

Koya is administering this survey as part of the search process. Individual survey responses are strictly confidential. Koya will aggregate the data, interpret key themes and trends, and share its analysis with the Search Committee. The results will help the Search Committee and Koya craft the search prospectus. Names of potential candidates will be shared confidentially with the Search Committee.

Staying in Touch: I hope to see you at one of the forums over the next few weeks. However, if you're not able to attend and wish to connect with me or the Search Committee directly, please reach out to us at presidentialsearch@champlain.edu. We welcome questions, comments, concerns, critiques, or any other feedback that's on your mind. 

Thanks,

Neale
Neale F. Lunderville
Chair, Presidential Search Committee
presidentialsearch@champlain.edu

Link to this FAQ

Hello Champlain College Community!

I hope everyone is enjoying a safe and relaxing summer. Please see below for an update on Champlain College's Presidential Search.

Highlights/TL;DR:

  • #SearchGoals: (a) recruit a talented, top-quality leader from a diverse applicant pool; (b) open, transparent & participatory search process inclusive of campus voices; (c) build trust & spur excitement about Champlain's future
  • #SearchCommittee announced! Students, faculty, staff, trustees, and a public member form a committee broadly representative of the campus community
  • #NextSteps start in September with campus meetings to ask: what are you looking for in Champlain's next leader? Feedback and questions welcome at presidentialsearch@champlain.edu  

Search Values/Goals: The principal focus of our search is to recruit a talented, top-quality leader from a rich and diverse applicant pool who will lead Champlain into an even brighter future. But zooming out, the search process itself is an important opportunity for a conversation with the larger Champlain community—students, faculty, staff, trustees, supporters, community members—about the institution's future. We want to structure the search to reflect the College's core values and cultivate this robust dialogue. We plan for the search process to:

  • Be open and transparent, iterative and participatory, healthy and constructive, and prize the inclusion of a diverse array of voices; 
  • Use positive engagement and promote honest, respectful conversation to build trust and spur excitement about the future; and
  • Utilize search inputs from both stakeholders and candidates to refine our strategic plan and direction, and to better understand the opportunities and challenges for Champlain.

Search Committee: The Presidential Search Committee is the primary conduit between the campus and the candidates. Its charge is to create a Search Profile that reflects what the campus is looking for in a new leader, narrow the pool of applicants, and recommend a short list of highly qualified candidates from which the Board makes the final decision. 

We developed the Committee membership to be broadly representative of the campus's diverse community. The Search Committee will have six on-campus representatives (faculty, staff, and students), six trustees, and one community member. The complete list with short bios and photos can be found here

We are very pleased to announce the appointment of the Champlain College Presidential Search Committee:

  • Molly Kathleen Aldrich, SSB '20: President, Student Government Association
  • Tiffany Bluemle: Community Leader; Director, Change the Story
  • Stephanie Hainley, G'12: Board of Trustees; Vice Chair of Trusteeship Committee
  • Dr. Johnna Herrick-Phelps: Professor; Assistant Provost of Champlain College Online
  • Neale Lunderville: Board of Trustees; Chair of Search Committee; Chair of Audit Committee
  • Maria Morales, EHS '20: Vice President, Student Government Association 
  • Colin Owyang: Board of Trustees
  • Brad Robertson, P'22: Board of Trustees; Vice-Chair of Student Experience Committee
  • Dr. Kathy Seiler, P'21: Associate Professor; President, Faculty Senate 
  • Shaylea Scribner, '11 G'17: Advancement Office; President of Staff Council
  • Julie Snow, '86: Board of Trustees; Vice Chair of Engagement and Outreach Committee
  • Linda Tarr-Whelan: Board of Trustees
  • Joe Williams: LCDI Project Manager; Adjunct Faculty

While the members represent various campus constituencies, groups, schools, and governing bodies, the Search Committee's first duty is to the College: to find a great leader who will drive Champlain forward in the years ahead.

Next Steps: Starting in September, the Search Committee will start talking with the campus community around the important question: What are you looking for in Champlain's next leader? We will convene group meetings, community forums, and some targeted 1-on-1 sessions, including some off-campus meetings with community leaders and college supporters. We'll use these conversations to create the Search Profile, which is an important tool to tell the Champlain story to prospective candidates. We will announce the dates and times of these meetings once everyone is back on campus. We want to ensure that if you have an opinion about Champlain's next leader, we have a place to hear your thoughts. 

Staying in Touch: One of our goals is to keep the campus community informed about progress with the Search, even when we're in the quiet phase of sorting applicants and narrowing the field. We plan to send regular monthly updates on the Search process, as well as have a website for the latest news and to receive feedback and nominations. 

At any point, if you have questions, comments, concerns, critiques, or any feedback, please reach out to me or any member of the Search Committee directly. You can call, text, tweet, post, snail mail, flag us down on campus, or send a good-old-fashioned email at presidentialsearch@champlain.edu

Your voice is critically important to the Search. Please let us know what's on your mind!

Thanks,

Neale
Neale F. Lunderville
Chair, Presidential Search Committee
presidentialsearch@champlain.edu

Link to this FAQ