Presidential search update from Chairman Farrell; campus visits start next week

Dear Marshall University Community,

As we announced last week, five finalists have been named in the search for Marshall University’s next president and the candidates will be visiting the Huntington and South Charleston campuses Oct. 11-19.

The detailed schedule of open candidate meetings has been finalized and includes opportunities for you to meet and talk with these finalists, and to provide feedback to Board of Governors.

The general schedule of the visits and the links to submit feedback are as follows:

Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 11-12
Dr. Robyn Hannigan, Provost, Clarkson University
Candidate feedback form for Dr. Hannigan (Survey open from 8 a.m. to midnight on Tuesday, Oct. 12.)

Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 12-13
Mr. Brad D. Smith, Co-Founder, Wing 2 Wing Foundation
Candidate feedback form for Mr. Smith (Survey open from 8 a.m. to midnight on Wednesday, Oct. 13.)

Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 13-14
Dr. Kathy Johnson, Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
Candidate feedback form for Dr. Johnson (Survey open from 8 a.m. to midnight on Thursday, Oct. 14.)

Thursday and Friday, Oct. 14-15
Dr. Bernard Arulanandam, Vice President for Research, Economic Development, and Knowledge Enterprise, The University of Texas at San Antonio
Candidate feedback form for Dr. Arulanandam (Survey open from 8 a.m. to midnight on Friday, Oct. 15.)

Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 18-19
Dr. Bret Danilowicz, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Florida Atlantic University
Candidate feedback form for Dr. Danilowicz (Survey open from 8 a.m. to midnight on Tuesday, Oct. 19.)

The open meetings will be broadcast online at for the convenience of those unable to attend in person.

Short biographical sketches, photographs and CVs provided by the candidates are available here.

This is a fantastic group of finalists thanks to the shared efforts of our faculty, staff, students, alumni and wider stakeholder community. As we enter the final phase of the search process, please continue to stay engaged in the process by attending as many of the candidate meetings as your time allows and by letting the Board of Governors hear your voice by submitting candidate feedback forms after each campus visit.

This will likely be my last update about the presidential search until the Board of Governors makes its final selection at our regularly scheduled board meeting Oct. 28.

Thank you for your continued interest in Marshall University’s bright future.


Patrick Farrell

Chairman, Presidential Search Committee
Chairman, Board of Governors