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President Search

Following the passing of Dr. Richard E. Wylie, president from 1987-2018, Endicott’s Board of Trustees has put into motion a nationwide search for the College’s next visionary that will strategically lead the institution and continue it on a path of innovative and entrepreneurial expansion.

Chaired by trustee Ernest “Sandy” Santin and approved by the Executive committee of the Board of Trustees, Interim President Katie Barnes, and members of the College’s administration, the Presidential Search Committee has retained executive search firm Witt/Kieffer to support Endicott’s search for its next president. Witt/Kieffer has a proven track record in conducting presidential searches that will include attracting a diverse candidate pool and a collaborative approach while working with our campus community.

This page, updated periodically by Board of Trustees Chair, Cindy Merkle '77, is intended to provide updates to this thorough and selective process so as to inform the Endicott community of progress, key milestones, and opportunities for faculty, students, administrators and staff, alumni and friends to get involved in this most important appointment.

September 4, 2018

Dear Faculty and Staff,

First of all, I want to thank everyone for warmly welcoming me and the Witt/Kieffer representatives at the Employee Orientation last week.What a wonderful way to kick off this process! While they were on campus, the search committee met for the first time, and we were able to facilitate a few listening sessions. These sessions will provide very valuable input about the characteristics, qualifications and credentials we should be looking for in our next president. 

To ensure everyone has an opportunity to participate, we have several additional opportunities for you to do so:

  • I mentioned in my last communication there is a brief survey available that every member of our community should complete to provide the search committee with as much input as possible; this survey has been shared with alumni, parents, and will be shared with students this week
  • We will hold additional listening sessions for faculty and staff throughout the day on Tuesday, September 18 so that all members of the community can interact with the search firm and search committee members; see below for times and sign up for a session
  • Our community members are our greatest network, so if you know of any individuals who would be a great candidate for this role, please send your recommendation to Witt/Kieffer at:
  • Updates from the search committee will be posted at President Search, so feel free to visit this website for information
  • If you have feedback or questions for me or members of the search committee, you can contact us at

The search committee members appreciate the enormous responsibility we have to find the right candidate for Endicott College, and we are committed to doing so. In the spirit of transparency, we have posted on the website the Board of Trustees’ charge to the search committee (PDF), as well as the code of ethics and confidentiality agreement (PDF) that every search committee member has signed. This level of confidentiality is crucial to ensuring that we recruit candidates who feel confident that our process will not negatively impact their current employment situation, so thank you all for your understanding. I will continue to communicate with the community as we progress, so stay tuned for additional updates.

Sandy Santin
Chair, President Search Committee

Faculty and Staff Listening Sessions
Tuesday, September 18
Gerrish School of Business / Judge Science Center

9:10 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
10:10 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
3:10 p.m. - 4:10 p.m. 

August 23, 2018

Dear Member of the Campus Community,

I am honored to have been appointed by the Endicott College Board of Trustees as the chair of the President Search Committee.  Moving forward, updates and communications regarding the search for the next president will come from the search committee.

I am happy to announce that a search committee has officially been formed with representation from stakeholder groups throughout the Endicott community.  The search committee members are listed below and each is looking forward to assisting the Board of Trustees in selecting the College's next leader.

President Search Committee

Sandy Santin, Trustee & Search Committee Chair

Alisa de Gaspe Beaubien ‘94
President, Endicott Alumni Council

Robert Fanning

Marsha McDonough

Douglas Seymour

Anthony Ferullo
Vice President, Finance and Administration

Sara Quay
Dean of Education

John Kelley
Professor, Psychology

Chrystal Porter
Associate Vice President, Van Loan School

Amy Damico
Professor, Communication

Colin Mason

Members of the President Search Committee and the search firm Witt/Kieffer will be on campus on Thursday, August 30 and Friday, August 31 and will be providing a brief overview of the search process at Employee Orientation along with hosting initial listening sessions with select departments. There will also be an opportunity to meet members of the Search Committee and Witt/Kieffer informally at the Beechwood reception on Thursday afternoon.

All members of the Endicott campus community will have an opportunity to attend listening sessions in September in an effort to help identify the attributes of candidates who should make up the pool of applicants from whom the Board may select the College's next president.

To further inform this process, campus community members are also invited to complete a brief survey to include their thoughts on the College's strengths and features, future challenges, and the ideal characteristics, qualifications, and credentials of the next president.

Those wishing to confidentially nominate a president candidate are encouraged to contact the search firm directly by emailing:

The search committee will formally meet for the first time on Friday, August 31 to begin developing a leadership profile and identifying the process for reviewing candidates.  Jillian Dubman, Chief of Staff, will support the work of the search committee.  I will continue to communicate with the campus community as additional information becomes available during this important process.

If you have any questions that I or the search committee can answer throughout the process, please contact us using the email address:


Sandy Santin
Chair, President Search Committee

August 7, 2018

At its Friday, July 27, formal meeting, the Endicott College Board of Trustees unanimously selected trustee Ernest “Sandy” Santin as Chair of the President Search Committee. Sandy has served as a trustee since 1992. On behalf of the entire board, I would like to express my deep appreciation and gratitude to Sandy for taking on this enormously important responsibility. We are in the process of assembling the President Search Committee, which will include several other trustees and representatives of the faculty, staff, administration, and student body. I will update the campus community once the President Search Committee is fully formed.


In addition, upon the recommendation of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees, Interim President Katie Barnes, and members of College administration, the Board has voted to retain executive search firm Witt/Kieffer to support Endicott’s search for its next president. Through a competitive bidding process, the Executive Committee solicited comprehensive proposals from five national search firms and assessed their responses based on several criteria, including success in attracting diverse candidate pools. Two firms were selected for interviews. The Committee recommended Witt/Kieffer based on its deep experience and successful track record conducting president searches, the firm’s collaborative approach to working with institutions, and our confidence in the team’s ability to articulate what a remarkable opportunity it would be to serve as Endicott’s next president.

Lucy Leske, Senior Partner at Witt/Kieffer, will lead the Endicott search. A veteran of president search processes, Lucy has written extensively on leadership transition and assessment, professional development for women and underrepresented leaders, and staff recruitment and retention. She played a key role in developing Witt/Kieffer’s international higher education practice.

During the All Employee Orientation on Thursday, August 30, the Witt/Kieffer team will address the community regarding the search process.  In the weeks following, the President Search Committee members, joined by the Witt/Kieffer team, will host a series of listening sessions to ensure that the search process — and ultimately, our next President — reflects the culture, values and aspirations of Endicott College.

The Committee will seek and rely on feedback from across the campus community. There will be opportunities for faculty and students, staff and administrators, and alumni and friends to provide input to the Committee. This President Search web page has been launched to keep the community informed. Please also feel free to contact me directly at with any questions, suggestions or concerns. I encourage you to use these various opportunities to share your thoughts about the College, your hopes for its future, and the characteristics that will be required of our next leader.

Cindy Merkle '77, Chair
Endicott College Board of Trustees