Presidential Search Update: Final Four Selected

The Presidential Search Committee has invited four candidates to come to campus for a final round of meetings with the St. Mary’s College community, according to the Co-Chair of the Presidential Search Committee, Trustee Molly Mahoney.

With the help of a national executive search firm, Isaacson Miller, the Search Committee spent the summer reviewing over one hundred resumes and narrowed the candidates to twelve. The twelve candidates were selected for face-to-face interviews with the Committee. The Committee then spent July 27th, 28th and 29th reviewing the twelve before selecting the final four. The final four candidates will each spend two days on campus meeting with the various constituencies of the College community.

The names of the candidates and the dates of their visits have not been announced. However, the Committee did state that they were impressed by the pool of applicants.

“Each of the twelve had outstanding careers and each had a deep commitment to the core St. Mary’s mission. We were fortunate to have such a strong group of candidates,” said Chairperson Mahoney.

The Committee is still finalizing plans for the visits and is expected to announce the names of candidates and specific dates of their visits mid-September. In the meantime, the administration remains short-staffed as the positions for Vice President of Development and Secretary of the Board of Trustees remain unfilled.

Since May, Vice President of Business and Finance, Tom Botzman, has also taken on the responsibilities of the Vice President of Development and the Secretary of the Board of Trustees. Salvatore Meringolo held these positions from 1997 until this May and has since left to become the Vice President for Advancement and University Relations at the University of Mary Washington.

Without Meringolo and former President Margaret O’Brien on campus, Botzman and Provost Larry Vote have been occupying four Administrative positions and will continue to do so until the next president is named, according to Botzman. “Once the new President is hired, they’ll evaluate which direction they want to go in, decide how they will want to structure the administration, and then begin the hiring process,” he said. The time frame for the next steps will be formally announced following the campus visits.

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