Presidential search committee meets to review candidate pool

Michael G SellardsMarshall University’s presidential search committee met Monday in executive session on the Huntington campus to review candidate materials and determine a select field of applicants for preliminary interviews.

Board of Governors Chairman Michael G. Sellards is leading the search committee. He said consultants with AGB Search Inc. forwarded the resumes of more than 50 candidates to the committee last week.

“I speak for the entire search committee when I say we are extremely pleased with the depth and diversity of the candidate pool,” he continued. “In particular, there are a number of high-quality candidates who have the desired combination of a strong academic background and experience in institutional financial management.

“The strength of the candidate pool is, of course, a reflection of the quality of our institution, our strong foundation and our enormous potential for continued momentum and growth.”

Sellards said the committee will invite a select number of candidates to meet for private, off-campus interviews in the next couple of weeks.

“At this point, confidentiality is especially crucial to ensure the strongest candidates continue in this process,” he added.

Following the off-site interviews, he said the committee expects to narrow the field further and bring three or four finalists to campus for interviews in May. The names of the finalists will be announced in advance and opportunities will be provided for the university community and other constituents to meet with them and to provide feedback to the search committee.

Sellards thanked the university community for the extensive input provided to help shape the criteria outlined in the advertisement and position profile.

“The search committee will continue to closely follow the profile in evaluating candidates,” he said.

He also expressed appreciation to the members of the search committee for the considerable time and care they have given to building the candidate pool and to the ongoing work of rigorous evaluation of applicants.

Sellards said the search is progressing on schedule, adding, “We continue to anticipate the selection will be made no later than June and the new president will be on board in time for the start of the fall semester.”

The search committee welcomes comments from members of the university community and can be reached at

A website also has been established at to make information available as the search for the institution’s 37th president proceeds. The site features an online feedback form for people to provide input.


Photo: Michael G. Sellards is chairing the search committee for Marshall’s next president.