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.
- Thank you for your strong engagement, keen insights, and inspiration over the last month.
- Based on your input, the Presidential Prospectus is complete and now public. Have a look!
- 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.
Neale F. Lunderville
Link to this FAQ
Chair, Presidential Search Committee