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Selection of the search committee

A Search Committee has been appointed for the Presidential Search with representatives from the Board of Trustees, School Sisters of Notre Dame, senior administrators, faculty, staff, alumnae, and the Milwaukee community.

With President Schwalbach’s announcement that she will step down at the end of the 2016-17 academic year, we began preparations for launching a presidential search at Mount Mary University. We are cognizant that a presidential search is of significant interest to many members and friends of the University, and we will ensure that we provide you with regular updates on the progress of the search. 

We have appointed a 15-member Search Committee for the Presidential Search with representatives from the Board of Trustees, School Sisters of Notre Dame, senior administrators, faculty, staff, alumnae, and the Milwaukee community. The Search Committee representation is meant to reflect the diverse community that comprises and supports Mount Mary, and committee members are committed to supporting this critical process to recruit Mount Mary’s next president. Please note that Michelle Hawkins, president of the Student Government Association, will serve as a liaison to student groups during the search process. In addition, Pam Saloun, executive assistant to the President, will serve as the search coordinator and provide administrative support to the consultant and the Search Committee.  Please refer to the attachment for a full list of Search Committee members. 

We are pleased to inform you that we have retained a search firm, Academic Search, Inc. to assist us with our search. Academic Search, a consulting firm that has worked exclusively for nearly 40 years in searches for presidents and senior administrators in higher education, is assisting the Presidential Search Committee. Maya Ranchod Kirkhope will serve as the firm’s senior consultant to Mount Mary University. She will provide counsel for the committee’s work throughout the course of the search, help to lay the groundwork for the critical next steps, work with the Search Committee to develop the key criteria required for the position, and utilize the firm’s extensive network to solicit nominations and recommendations.

Maya met with the Board of Trustees in early June to discuss the search process and the role of the Board in this process. She returned to campus in mid-July for her first meeting with the Search Committee. During her visit in July, she also met with a number of individuals and groups, including members of the SSND community, Board of Trustees, and the President’s Council.

Maya will return to campus in early September, once campus is in session, to meet with a range of constituent groups. We are in the process of developing an inclusive schedule that invites participation by a wide spectrum of the campus community. The schedule, which will be shared soon, will include opportunities for students, faculty, staff, alumnae, and administrators to talk with the search consultant. We know that many of you will provide helpful and informative insights about the opportunities for our next President.  We thank you in advance for your participation. 

Based on her research and conversations, Maya will prepare a draft written profile describing the key institutional needs and priorities, and a related set of desired characteristics and talents for our next President. The Presidential Search Committee will review and edit this document and we will make the document available to the campus community soon after her pre-search visit in September.

Thank you for your interest and support.

Co-Chairs, Presidential Search Committee

Marie O’Brien, Chair, Board of Trustees
Veronica Gunn, Vice-Chair, Board of Trustees