Update to the University Community regarding the presidential search

Michael G SellardsDear Faculty, Staff, Students and Alumni:

Hello! I hope each of you had a wonderful summer.

Now that everyone is returning to campus and focused on the new semester, I am pleased to provide an update on our presidential search.

As we announced in May would happen, our consultants with AGB Search Inc. spent the summer in an active recruitment phase—reaching out through their network in higher education to identify people who might be a good fit for our presidency but who did not respond to the initial advertisements.

Our goal is to find the best person to be our next president and we wanted to be certain we had explored every possibility.

From those efforts, AGB identified a pool of 11 new candidates with sincere interest in our position. They vetted those candidates and we worked with the consultants over the past couple of weeks to help us shortlist six people to interview.

The new pool of candidates is extremely impressive, and includes at least one sitting university president and several chief academic officers with successful experience as interim presidents. Confidentiality remains crucial at this stage so the best candidates continue in the process.

The search committee will meet with this select field of six candidates for off-campus interviews in September. Following those private interviews, we expect to select three or four of those candidates to bring to campus sometime in October. At that point, opportunities will be provided for the university community and other constituents to meet with the finalists and provide feedback to us.

I’m very pleased with the progress made over the summer. The quality of this group of candidates tells me we made the right choice by taking our time to leave no stone unturned.

As a reminder of the process we set out at the beginning of the search, the search committee will present its recommendations to the Board of Governors for the final selection. The name of the recommended candidate will then be forwarded to the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission for final approval.

I anticipate the selection will be made this fall and a new president could be on board in time for the start of the spring semester.

Thank you to all of you for your patience and ongoing input during this process.

The search website at www.marshall.edu/presidential-search will be updated as the search proceeds. You can continue to contact us with your comments and suggestions through the website feedback form or at president@marshall.edu.

Best wishes,

Michael G. Sellards
Chairman, Presidential Search Committee
Chairman, Board of Governors