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.
- #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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
Your voice is critically important to the Search. Please let us know what's on your mind!
Link to this FAQ
Neale F. Lunderville
Chair, Presidential Search Committee