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 President 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 president searches that will include attracting a diverse candidate pool and a collaborative approach while working with our campus community.
1. What is the time frame for the presidential selection process?The search process is expected to take several months and conclude in the spring of 2019. We expect Endicott's next president to begin on or around the beginning of the 2019-2020 academic year.
2. Who besides the search committee will interview the candidates?The committee has not yet shaped the final stages of the process. What and how that unfolds will depend in large part on what the committee needs to do to ensure the strongest possible pool while balancing candidates’ needs for confidentiality.
3. Who makes the final decision?The Endicott College Board of Trustees assembled and charged a search committee to identify and select Endicott’s next president. At the conclusion of the search, the search committee will recommend to the Board a final candidate for the role of president who meets the criteria identified during the search process and has the complete confidence of the committee. Ultimately, the Board of Trustees will vote to approve the committee’s recommendation.
4. How was the membership of the search committee determined?Based on various recommendations, the search committee chair selected individuals from various constituent groups to serve on the committee. Given that the selection of the next president will be determined by the Board of Trustees to whom the president reports, trustees comprise the largest constituent group on the search committee.
5. What is the role of the search firm?The search firm serves as an important partner to the search committee and College during the president search. The search consultants, working closely with the search committee, help to facilitate and methodical search process that generates a pool of highly competitive candidates. The firm helps to identify potential candidates; reaches out to potential candidates to determine interest; conducts research and due diligence on candidates; and supports Endicott search committee members and staff in search planning and logistics. The firm also serves as an important resource to the Board of Trustees in ensuring a smooth transition to new leadership.
6. How will the Endicott community be informed about the progress of the search?Updates from the search committee will be posted here periodically.
7. What type of candidate is the search committee seeking?The search committee has prepared a comprehensive Leadership Profile (PDF) that outlines the criteria they will be using to evaluate candidates.
8. How has the Endicott community been able to provide input into the process?During August and September, members of the search committee and the search firm met with hundreds of Endicott constituents in a range of venues from large forums to one-on-one conversations to elicit their input. In addition, the committee conducted an electronic survey that has produced hundreds of responses. The feedback informed the materials the committee and search firm are using to articulate the opportunity to prospective candidates.
9. How are prospective candidates identified?
- Nominations. Anyone interested in nominating a potential candidate can email EndicottPresident@wittkieffer.com.
- Advertisements. Advertisements announcing the opportunity are posted online through the Chronicle of Higher Education, Diverse Jobs, Hispanic Outlook, Women in Higher Education, Insight into Diversity, Vet Jobs, and WittKieffer.com, among other channels.
- Search firm outreach. Witt/Kieffer, a global executive search firm, is partnering with the College on this search. The search consultants will be conducting both broad and targeted outreach over the course of the next few months to solicit nominations and to identify and recruit potential candidates.
10. Who decides which candidates will move forward?The search committee decides which candidates advance in the process.
11. When will we know who the potential candidates are?No information about individual candidates will be shared with the Endicott community before the Board of Trustees announces the final selection. This is common practice in college and university president searches. It is designed to preserve candidate confidentiality, which helps to ensure the strongest and most diverse candidate pool. In turn, this maximizes the competitiveness of the search among similar searches that may be occurring nationally, and, ultimately, helps to ensure the best possible outcome for the College.
For many prospective candidates, for example, a current president at another institution, participating in a process that is not confidential would put their professional standing at risk. As a result, many such candidates will simply not participate in a process that does not preserve the confidentiality of their candidacy.
Committee CommunicationsExpand the dates below to read each full update sent to the College community.
January 8, 2019
Dear Endicott Community,
The search committee and I have been amazed by the outpouring of interest in the presidency of Endicott College, which has led to more than 100 applications to date. I want to thank the many members of the community who have shared with us suggestions and nominations that have contributed to this impressive pool.
Over the course of the last several weeks, the search committee has focused its attention on one-quarter of this group. Ultimately, we narrowed the pool to a dozen of the most compelling, highly qualified candidates whom we interviewed before the winter break. The conversations were engaging, informative and inspiring.
The search committee will continue to narrow the field of candidates in the weeks ahead. While there is still much to be done, we are very excited and encouraged by how the process continues to evolve. We remain committed to identifying an extraordinary leader to serve as Endicott's next president.
For more information about the President search, please visit: https://www.endicott.edu/presidentsearch.
Chair, President Search Committee
December 3, 2018The members of the search committee met most recently on November 29th and began the process of reviewing candidates interested in becoming the next president of Endicott College. Witt/Kieffer has worked to develop a pool of candidates who represent a variety of backgrounds. The next step of this process is to focus in on a highly qualified, smaller group of candidates to further evaluate in an interview setting, which will take place throughout the winter months.
As a reminder, each committee member has signed a confidentiality agreement about this process. We appreciate your understanding that we cannot divulge details about the search and ask you to please refrain from asking us to do so. I look forward to continuing to update you on this process.
Chair, President Search Committee
November 15, 2018Since the release of the Endicott College President Profile, Witt/Kieffer has been hard at work recruiting and vetting a pool of well-qualified candidates for our president search. As we enter the next phase of the search, I want to especially thank all of the members of our community who nominated someone for this important role, completed a survey, and/or participated in a listening session. Your input continues to be extremely valuable as the search committee prepares to evaluate the pool in the coming weeks. Once the committee narrows down the field, first-round interviews will take place in mid-December, so I will have another update to share sometime after that.
As we enter into the holiday season, I am thankful to have a community that remains engaged in this process. The search committee is committed to finding the right fit for the College, and I am grateful for their partnership as we continue this search. Wishing everyone a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.
Chair, President Search Committee
September 28, 2018
Thank you to everyone who participated in listening sessions, sent an email, talked to committee members, and completed the survey over the last few weeks. Your input has been invaluable to the committee as we consider the attributes, criteria, and qualifications of our next president.
At this time, I am pleased to announce the launch of the attached Leadership Profile and advertisement, which Witt/Kieffer will use to attract candidates from around the country and beyond. To help support this effort, we have launched the President Search Website, which provides important information as people consider this unique opportunity.
These tools will be reviewed by potential candidates, nominees, and nominators as a means to get to know our community a little bit better. Please share these resources with your individual networks to help us reach the broadest audience possible because you are our greatest resource in building a deep pool of candidates who will fit within this community.
We may have moved into this public phase, but we will never be done listening, so continue to reach out to me and the committee at firstname.lastname@example.org or email Witt/Kieffer directly with nominations at EndicottPresident@wittkieffer.com.
Thank you for your continued participation.
Chair, President Search Committee
September 4, 2018
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: EndicottPresident@wittkieffer.com
- 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 PresidentSearch@endicott.edu
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.
Chair, President Search Committee
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August 23, 2018
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
Vice President, Finance and Administration
Dean of Education
Associate Vice President, Van Loan School
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: EndicottPresident@wittkieffer.com.
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: PresidentSearch@endicott.edu
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 email@example.com 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
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