Last week, I had the opportunity to meet with various groups on the campus to discuss the presidential search process and to solicit names for the search committee to find President Bob Caret’s successor. I want to thank all of those who met with me and submitted names for my consideration.
USM Regent Louise Gonzales will chair the Search Committee. I have recommended to Regent Gonzales, and she has agreed, that the committee will host a series of town hall meetings so that the campus community, as well as the surrounding community and others, can have input into the proposed criteria and qualifications for the next leader of Towson University (TU). In addition, the committee will post regular updates on the TU website. I anticipate the search process will be completed within six months.
Dr. Caret has not yet announced his departure date; shortly after he does, I will announce an interim appointment to serve until the new president is in place.
I want to take this opportunity to once again thank Dr. Caret for his outstanding leadership of Towson over the past seven years. His departure is a huge loss for the System and the State. He leaves an exceptional institution poised to rise to even greater heights of excellence under a new president. I also want to thank you all for your cooperation and support during this transition period.
William E. Kirwan
Letter from the Presidential Search Committee
July 15, 2011
Dear Towson University Community:
The search for the next President of Towson University has been progressing well. On behalf of the Presidential Search Committee, I want to update you on that progress.
The Committee, comprised of 21 representatives of the University community, is a dedicated, passionate and proactive group. We have held numerous meetings to develop processes, procedures, ads and the Presidential position profile. To assist us in our search, we have engaged one of the nation’s premier higher education search firms, Witt/Keiffer, whose feedback has been extremely positive and encouraging.
The ad for President was formally published on June 3rd. I am pleased to report that we are receiving interest, nominations and applications from an outstanding group of individuals. Both the number and quality is impressive. They include current presidents, provosts, chief academic and administrative officers, as well as “non-traditional” leaders, from throughout the country. As you know, the search process is confidential, designed to generate interest from the best prospective candidates, so I can’t be more specific. However, I can say that we are very pleased with the enthusiastic response. Witt/Keiffer informs us that there are numerous factors fueling the interest, including the quality of faculty and students at TU, the University’s reputation and momentum, its location and community, and the continuing support for higher education in Maryland.
We are advising applicants that their material should be delivered to us by July 25th for our fullest consideration. We will begin our review of applicants shortly thereafter. We are on schedule and expect to be able to recommend 3 to 5 outstanding candidates to the Board of Regents in early to mid-September.
You are all welcome to visit the Presidential Search website to review the position description (titled the Position Specification) and other non-confidential materials. Further, we continue to receive interest and recommendations from many of the nation’s leading higher education officials – and we encourage nominations from you as well.
I have been so impressed by this campus, as well as by my colleagues on the committee. I am confident that, together, we will find remarkable candidates to recommend as the next President of this wonderful University.