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Active presidential searches


By institution

 Institutions marked with a “T” have recently faced, or are currently going through “troubles” likely to impact the incoming president.  Those issues are, of course, specific to each institution (see provided links for more details).  Any institutional representatives who would like to offer clarification, refute the “T” designation, or suggest an addition to the list of searches should e-mail Roland King at rolandking@privateseye.com .  This list is updated regularly.

T  Ave Maria University (FL)

10/12/18 Amid controversy, Ave Maria University president will step down in 2020

10/9/18 Ave Maria University President Jim Towey to step down in 2020 

Bay Path College (MA) 

4/9/19 Bay Path President Carol Leary plans to retire after 25 years leading university  

T Bennett College (NC) 

6/22/19 A new leader for Bennett College: Phyllis Dawkins departs after three years 

Bennington College (VT) 

4/22/19 Bennington College president stepping down 

Bethany College (KS) 

6/28/19  Bethany College president Will Jones resigns 

T  Bethel University (MN)

2/28/19 Bethel University President Jay Barnes Announces Retirement 

Bryant University (RI)

5/6/19 Bryant University president announces retirement 

T  Centenary University (NJ)

11/1/18 President resigning at budget-strapped Centenary University

10/30/18 Centenary University president announces resignation

6/30/15 Centenary College president announces plans to step down in 2016

Centre College (KY) 

5/24/19 Centre College President John Roush announces plans to retire end of June 2020  

Champlain College (VT) 

6/26/19 - Champlain College President Makes a Quick Exit

Clark University (MA)

1/17/19 David Angel to step down as Clark U. president next year

T  Clarkson College (NE) 

2/6/19 ‘Style of management’ differences play part in two executives’ departure from Clarkson College

1/31/19 Clarkson College Announces Leadership Change, Interim President

Concordia University Irvine (CA)

5/4/18 Message to the Concordia University Irvine Community Regarding the Presidential Search Process

10/5/17 Concordia President Retires

Eckerd College (FL)

2/13/19 Eckerd College president announces retirement

Good Samaritan College of Nursing and Health Science (OH) 

T  Hampshire College (NH) 

6/26/19 Presidential Search Update: June 26, 2019

6/13/19 Framingham’s Ellen Sturgis leads search for new Hampshire College president

4/30/19 Hampshire College cuts 82 positions 

4/1/19 Hampshire College board of trustees chairwoman Gaye Hill resigns, citing vitriol and ‘slanderous attacks 

Hollins University (VA) 

6/28/19 Hollins University announces departure of president 

Illinois Wesleyan University (IL) 

8/15/19 - Georgia Nugent Named Interim President of Illinois Wesleyan University 

Kentucky Christian University (KY) 

10/3/18 President Metcalf Announces Resignation 

Kentucky Wesleyan College (KY) 

5/2/19 Kentucky Wesleyan College President Barton D. Darrell  Resigns

Le Moyne-Owen College (TN) 

6/18/19 - LeMoyne-Owen College votes out President Andrea Miller

Lebanon Valley College (PA) 

5/16/19  Dr. Lewis E. Thayne Announces Last Year as President of Lebanon Valley College 

T  Lindenwood University (MO)

2/12/19 Lindenwood Ouster a Mystery

2/11/19 Shonrock replaced with non-degree interim president

2/8/19 Lindenwood University president terminated 

Lubbock Christian University (TX) 

4/17/19 LCU President Tim Perrin accepts new job at Pepperdine

Macalester College (MN) 

4/8/19 Macalester College president Brian Rosenberg to step down

MacMurray College (IL)

3/5/19 MacMurray President Dr. Mark Tierno to retire, Dr. Beverly Rodgers named interim president 

Marist College (NY) 

6/19/19 - Marist College President David Yellen resigns; Dennis Murray named interim replacement

T  The Master’s University (CA) 

3/8/19 Accreditor Cites Leadership Problems in Keeping Master’s U. on Probation

10/23/18 Master’s University Announces Transition Of President John MacArthur To New Position

9/29/18 More Allegations Against Master’s University Surface

11/15/17 President Ben Hancock Announces Retirement

McKendree University (IL) 

6/6/19 McKendree President to Retire in 2020

Miles College (AL) 

6/19/19 - Dr. George T. French resigns as Miles College president to assume same role at Clark Atlanta University

Millikin University (IL)

2/25/19 Millikin University to begin search for new president as White announces 2020 retirement

Mitchell College (CT) 

4/24/19 Mitchell College president resigning to take post at Lesley University

Molloy College (NY) 

4/2/19 Molloy College president Drew Bogner to retire next year

T  Morris Brown (GA)

12/12/18 Morris Brown College president to resign

6/29/18 Morris Brown College president, alums talk about the institution’s slow road back to prominence

4/22/18 Court Ruling Bad News for Struggling Morris Brown

Mount Aloysius College (PA)

3/16/18 Mount president Foley leaving post

Muhlenberg College (PA) 

6/19/19 - Muhlenberg College president out, Kathleen Harring named interim leader 

Nazareth College (NY) 

4/11/19 Nazareth College President Daan Braveman announces retirement

The New School (NY)

1/31/19 President of the New School to Conclude His Presidency at End of 2019-2020 Academic Year

Notre Dame College (OH) 

4/15/19 - Notre Dame College president to step down in June 

Occidental College (CA)

1/27/19 – Occidental College president, who weathered campus racial  turbulence, to step down 

Oglethorpe University (GA) 

4/30/19 - Oglethorpe University president stepping down next year

Oklahoma Baptist University (OK)

1/8/19 OBU President David W. Whitlock Announces Retirement 

Providence College (RI) 

3/29/19 Providence College President Shanley Leaving in 2020 

Rosemont College (PA

6/21/19 -  Rosemont College President To Retire In May 2020 

T Saint Mary’s College (IN)

3/15/19 Lawsuit from ex-St. Mary’s president says she was forced out

10/8/18 Saint Mary’s administrators confront Cervelli resignation, introduce Nekvasil as interim president

10/5/18 Jan Cervelli resigns as Saint Mary’s president

Interim president to stay to 6/30/20.

T  Salem College (NC) 

6/28/18 Salem College president speaks out on school debt and probation

6/23/18 Accrediting agency places Salem College on probation 

4/18/18 Sandra J. Doran Appointed Interim President of Salem Academy and College

1/26/18 Salem Academy and College President Lorraine Sterritt to Take New Post in Vermont 

T  San Diego Christian College (CA) 

5/21/19 San Diego Christian College Announces the Retirement of President Paul Ague 

Siena College (NY) 

6/26/19 Siena College president to step down in 2020 

Simmons University (MA) 

4/23/19 Simmons University president Helen Drinan stepping down in 2020

Skidmore College (NY) 

3/27/19 President Glotzbach Announces 2020 Retirement 

Stetson University (FL) 

3/20/19 Stetson trustees chair announces presidential search committee  


Taylor University (IN) 

6/24/19 -  Taylor University president resigns after hosting Pence as commencement speaker

Transylvania University (KY) 

 5/13/19 Transylvania president to step down this summer 

5/24/19 Transylvania University names alum as interim president following Carey’s departure

University of Holy Cross (LA) 

4/16/19 University of Holy Cross president announces he’ll retire this summer 

University of Lynchburg (VA)

9/1/18 University of Lynchburg president to retire in 2020, after 19 years 

T University of Mobile (AL)

3/1/19 University of Mobile Board to Begin Presidential Search, Announces Interim President

2/26/19 University of Mobile president resigns, cites personal reasons

University of the Pacific (CA)

1/25/19 University of Pacific president to retire

T  Valley Forge Military Academy & College (PA) 

3/16/19 Turmoil at the top roils vaunted Valley Forge academy 

3/13/19 Valley Forge Military Academy & College president resigns 

Vanderbilt University (TN) 

4/15/19 Vanderbilt University names search committee for chancellor 

Vanderbilt’s Chancellor Will Step Down

Wilkes University (PA)

12/14/18 Leahy leaving Wilkes University 

Wilson College (PA) 

4/10/19 President of Franciscan University resigns; search underway for successor

4/1/19  Dr. Barbara K. Mistick to Step Down as Wilson College President 

Recent Presidential Appointments


By date taking office

9/1/19 - Clark Atlanta University (GA) 

Clark Atlanta University hires new president


8/16/19 - Hope International University (CA) 

Dr. Paul Alexander Named as HIU's Seventh President 

8/15/19 - Illinois Wesleyan University (IL) Interim 

Georgia Nugent Named Interim President of Illinois Wesleyan University   

8/15/19 - Vanderbilt University (TN) Interim 

VU Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos to step down Aug. 15 

8/1/19 - Bennett College (NC) 

Suzanne Walsh named new president of Bennett College 

8/1/19 - The College of St. Scholastica (MN) 

Duluth's College of St. Scholastica names new president 

8/1/19 - Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (AZ) 

Anette M. Karlsson Named Chancellor of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott, Ariz., Campus

8/1/19 – Monmouth University (NJ)

Monmouth University Names Patrick F. Leahy 10th President

8/1/19 - New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (LA) 

Jamie Dew elected president of New Orleans Seminary

8/1/19 - Northwood University (MI) 

Northwood University names new president 

8/1/19 – Pepperdine University (CA)

James A. Gash Named Eighth President and CEO of Pepperdine University

8/1/19 – Roger Williams University (RI)

RWU picks STEM advocate as next president

8/1/19 - Seton Hall University (NJ) 

Dr. Joseph E. Nyre Appointed Seton Hall University’s 21st President 

8/1/19 – Wilkes University (PA) Interim

New acting president at Wilkes 

7/22/19 - Georgetown College (KY) 

William A. Jones Named 25th President of Georgetown College 

7/15/19 – Clarke University (IA)

Thom D. Chesney Named 16th President of Clarke University

7/15/19 - Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MN)

Minneapolis College of Art and Design Names Sanjit Sethi President

7/1/19 – Allegheny College (PA)

Allegheny College names new president

7/1/19 – Alvernia College (PA)

Alvernia University selects new president

7/1/19 – Babson College (MA)

Former Philadelphia University president Stephen Spinelli Jr. to lead Babson College

7/1/19 – Carson-Newman University (TN) Interim

Carson-Newman names new interim president as search for long-term replacement continues

7/1/19 - Barry University (FL) 

Barry University Names Mike Allen, Ph.D., as New President

7/1/19 -  Bennington College (VT) Interim

Provost and Dean Isabel Roche to Serve as Interim President 

7/1/19 - Carson-Newman University (TN) 

University names Dr. Charles A. Fowler as 23rd president 

7/1/19 - Champlain College (VT) Interim 

Champlain College President Donald Laackman to step down 

7/1/19 - Christian Brothers University (TN) 

Jack Shannon Named 23rd President of Christian Brothers University 

7/1/19 - Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School (NY) 

CRCDS names its next president 

7/1/19 – Earlham College (IN)

Earlham College Chooses First Female President

7/1/19 – Elizabethtown College (PA)

Elizabethtown College Names 15th President

7/1/19 - Emory & Henry University (VA) 

Emory & Henry President Jake. B Schrum’s retires, Provost John W. Wells tapped as replacment 

7/1/19 - Endicott College (MA) 

Endicott College Names New President, Dr. Steven R. DiSalvo

7/1/19 – Gardner-Webb University (NC)

Gardner-Webb University names an East Carolina dean as its new president

7/1/19 – Gettysburg College (PA)

Gettysburg College names new president

7/1/19 – Goldey Beacom College (DE)

Keith named 14th president of Goldey-Beacom College

7/1/19 - Goucher Colleege (MD) 

Kent Devereaux Appointed 12th President of Goucher College

7/1/19 – Haverford College (PA)

Welcome, Wendy Raymond

7/1/19 – Hobart and William Smith Colleges (NY)

Hobart and William Smith Colleges names new president 

7/1/19 - Hope College (MI) 

Matthew A. Scogin Named 14th President of Hope College

7/1/19 - Iona College (NY) 

Seamus Carey Named as Iona College's Ninth President

7/1/19 - Iowa Wesleyan University (IA) 

Wesleyan names new president 

7/1/19 - Kansas Christian College (KS) 

Kansas Christian College Names its 12th President

7/1/19 - La Sierra  University (CA) 

Joy Fehr is tapped to become fourth president of Riverside’s La Sierra University

7/1/19 - Lesley University (MA)

Lesley University names longtime trustee as new president 

7/1/19 – Lindenwood College (MO) Interim

Lindenwood: No degree? No Problem. Shonrock replaced with non-degree interim president

7/1/19 - Luther College (IA) 

Luther College names Dr. Jenifer K. Ward as 11th president 

7/1/19 – MacMurray College (IL) Interim

MacMurray President Dr. Mark Tierno to retire, Dr. Beverly Rodgers named interim president

7/1/19 - National University of Natural Medicine (OR) 

Dr. Christine Girard Named President of National University of Natural Medicine

7/1/19 – Nebraska Wesleyan University (NE)

Nebraska Wesleyan University Names Dr. Darrin Good As New President

7/1/19 - Pittsburgh Technical College (PA) 

Harvey-Smith tapped to lead Pittsburgh Technical College 

7/1/19 – Queens University of Charlotte (NC)

Welcome Daniel G. Lugo

7/1/19 - Quincy University (IL) 

Quincy University announces next president

7/1/19 - Reed College (OR) 

Reed College names new president

7/1/19 - Saint Anselm College (NH) 

Saint Anselm College Announces New President 

7/1/19 - Saint Vincent College (PA)

SVC Announces Father Paul R. Taylor, O.S.B., Ph.D. as President 

7/1/19 - Salve Regina University (RI) 

Kelli Armstrong named eighth president of Salve Regina 

7/1/19 - Santa Clara University (CA

Santa Clara University Names Kevin O'Brien, S.J. As President

7/1/19 - Texas Lutheran University (TX) 

TLU regents announce 16th president

7/1/19 - Tougaloo College (MS) 

Tougaloo names Dr. Carmen J. Walters 14th president

7/1/19 - University of Dallas (TX) 

New prez at Dallas' Catholic university uses experience in religion, film, arts to bolster liberal arts

7/1/19 – University of Rochester (NY)

Wisconsin Provost Sarah Mangelsdorf named University of Rochester president

7/1/19 - University of Southern California (CA)

USC selects Carol Folt as new president as university tries to move past scandals

7/1/19 - University of the Pacific (CA) Interim 

University of the Pacific President Pamela A. Eibeck announces retirement

7/1/19 - Wagner College (NY) 

Wagner College names Joel W. Martin as next president 

7/1/19 - Western Theological Seminary (MI) 

Dr. Felix Theonugraha Named as 12th President of WTS  


6/22/19 -  Bennett College (NC) 

A new leader for Bennett College: Phyllis Dawkins departs after three years  

6/19/19 - Marist College (NY) Interim 

Marist College President David Yellen resigns; Dennis Murray named interim replacement

6/19/19 - Muhlenberg College (PA) Interim

Provost Kathy Harring to Serve as Interim President

6/10/19 - North Carolina Wesleyan College (NC) Interim 

Clark resigns as president of N.C. Wesleyan 

6/10/19 - Trinity International University (IL)

Wheaton College professor Nicholas Perrin elected 16th president of Trinity International University 

6/3/19 - New York Theological Seminary (NY) 

Rev. Dr. LaKeesha Walrond To Begin Her Position As The First Female President Of New York Theological Seminary 

6/1/19 - Azusa Pacific (CA) 

Azusa Pacific University Names Dr. Paul Ferguson as 17th President 

6/1/19 - Bloomfield College (NJ) 

First African American Woman President to Take Office at Bloomfield College June 1 

6/1/19 - Kentucky Wesleyan College (KY) 

Wesleyan names new president 

6/1/19 - Methodist University (NC) Interim 

Trustees Name Interim MU President 

6/1/19 - Oklahoma Wesleyan University (OK) 

New OKWU President Elected

6/1/19 - Pfeiffer University (NC) 

Pfeiffer names Bullard its next president

6/1/19 - Thomas More University (KY) 

Thomas More University Names New President

6/1/19 - Washington University in St. Louis (MO)

Andrew Martin appointed 15th chancellor of Washington University 

6/1/19 - Wentworth Institute of Technology (MA) 

Wentworth Announces New President

5/31/19 - Illinois Wesleyan University (IL) Interim 

Jensen retiring as IWU president; Wilson named acting president

5/28/19 - University of Mobile (AL) Interim 

University of Mobile Board to Begin Presidential Search, Announces Interim President

5/22/19 - Franciscan University (WV) 

Father David Pivonka, TOR, Class of 1989, Elected President of Franciscan University of Steubenville

5/15/19 - Keuka College ( NY) 

Keuka College names Amy Storey president 

4/5/19 - Hampshire College (MA) Interim

President Miriam Nelson Resigns from Hampshire, Board Names Ken Rosenthal Interim President

4/1/19 – Hebrew Union College (CA)

Rehfeld to leave Federation for top job at Hebrew Union College

4/1/19 - Howard Payne University (TX) 

Cory Hines named Howard Payne University president

3/25/19 - Judson College (AL) 

Judson College names new president

3/25/19 – Martin University (IN)

Martin University pulls new president from staff at UIndy

3/12/19 - Saint Augustine's University (NC) Interim 

St. Augustine’s University president announces retirement

3/10/19 - Valley Forge Military Academy and College (PA) Interim

Valley Forge Military Academy & College president resigns 

3/6/19 - Villa Maria College (NY)

After interim phase, Matthew Giordano receives nod to become Villa Maria College president 

3/3/19 – Morris Brown University (GA) Interim

Troubled Morris Brown College hires former 100 Black Men CEO Kevin James as interim president

3/1/19 - Johnson & Wales University - Providence (RI) 

Marie Bernardo-Sousa Appointed President, Johnson & Wales University Providence Campus

2/27/19 – Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (TX)

Greenway nominated to lead Southwestern Seminary 

2/18/19 - Oklahoma Baptist University (OK) Interim 

OBU Trustees Name Interim President, Approve Presidential Search Committee 

2/1/19 - Rush University (IL) 

Dr. Sherine E. Gabriel Selected as Next President of Rush University

1/1/19 - New England Conservatory of Music (MA) 

New England Conservatory Names Andrea Kalyn as New President  

1/1/19 - Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science (IL) Interim  

Dr. Wendy Rheault Appointed Interim President 

Presidential Searches and leadership: Related News Stories


Presidential turnover calls for more sophisticated onboarding of new presidents (University Business/Opinion, 9/3/10)

Advancing to the Presidency No. 2: Always Be Learning (Inside Higher Ed/Career Advice, 8/20/19) 


Team of Rivals  Why and how boards must help new presidents manage their senior teams 

Inside Higher Ed/Career Advice, 7/17/19) 

Knowing When to Leave the Presidency (Inside Higher Ed/Career Advice, 7/10/19) 

What Happens When Women Run Colleges? (Chronicle of Higher Education, 6/30/19)

 Getting the Big Hires Right (Inside Higher Ed/Career Advice, 6/26/19)

Advancing to the Presidency (Inside Higher Ed/Career Advice, 6/19/19) 

Investing in the Provost (Inside Higher Ed/Career Advice, 6/13/19) 

Dismantling the Senior Team: A Troubling Trend (Inside Higher Ed/Career Advice, 6/6/19)  

The Successful President of Tomorrow: The 5 Skills Future Leaders Need (Chronicle of Higher Education Store, $99, May 2019)

The changing role of the university president (Crain's Cleveland Business, 4/28/19)

Who Steps Up to Lead a Financially Troubled College? (Chronicle of Higher Education, 2/10/19)

US Colleges May Have Trouble Keeping Presidents (Voice of America, 2/2/19)

Vermont by Degrees: Optimism for our future (Rutland Herald, Vt., 2/2/19)

Who Wants to Be a College President? (The Atlantic, 1/24/19)

There’s no standard path to — or from — the provost’s office (Education Dive, 1/23/19)

Leadership Turnover Creates Surge in Searches for College Presidents (Hunt Scanlon Media, 1/18/19)  

The Provost’s Path (Chronicle of Higher Education, 1/13/19)

Taking the Lead: Challenges faced by college presidents resonate with professional women (The Sentinel, Carlisle, Pa., 1/11/19)

Presidential Spouses and Partners: Clarifying Expectations (Inside Higher Ed, 1/4/19 – Opinion)

More colleges are using ‘hybrid search’ approach when looking for presidents (Crain’s Cleveland Business, 12/16/18)

Governing HBCUs for the Future (Diverse:  Issues in Higher Education, 11/4/18)

The Toughest Job in the Nation, (Inside Higher Ed, 10/18/18)

What is the future of the American college presidency? (Education Dive, 9/21/18)

What’s on the Mind of the Private-College President? 3 Insights From a New Report (Chronicle of Higher Education, 9/20/18)

The Presidential Spouse in Transition (Inside Higher Ed, 8/2/18 – Opinion)

Presidents Who Leave Liberal Arts Colleges (Inside Higher Ed, 7/19/18)

4 things every aspiring college president needs to know (Education Dive, 7/16/18)

College Chiefs Spare You the Terrible Details of Campus Crises. We Won’t. (Chronicle of HigherEducation, 5/25/18 – Book Review)

So You Want to Become a College President (Inside Higher Ed, 5/19/18 – Opinion)

What I Wish I Knew to Ask … and Ask For … as a New College President (innov8edu, 3/1/15)

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