In order to keep you apprised of progress of the search, relevant and timely communications form Michele Ridge, Chair of the Seton Hill University Board of Trustees will be posted here.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The Presidential Search Committee met on April 26 and April 27, 2013 to interview four professional search firms. The proposal and interview process was competitive.
On May 6, 2013, based upon the recommendation of the Presidential Search Committee, the Executive Compensation Committee of the Seton Hill University Board of Trustees authorized the engagement of the executive search firm R. H. Perry & Associates to assist the Presidential Search Committee in identifying and screening potential candidates.
Founded in 1974, R. H. Perry & Associates is dedicated to assisting institutions of higher education in the identification and selection of their leadership. The firm’s higher education practice consists of a group of senior-level executives with a well-balanced mix of college and university presidential experience and executive search experience.
The leadership team has extensive experience serving Catholic institutions of higher education. Dr. Roger Martin and Mr. Matthew Kilcoyne will serve as lead consultants for Seton Hill’s search. The search will be national in scope and both internal and external candidates will be considered.
An important part of the search process will be the pre-search study which includes interviews conducted by R. H. Perry & Associates with key stakeholders, including faculty, members of Seton Hill’s executive management team and other key stakeholders as identified. These interviews will commence in August 2013.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
The Seton Hill University Presidential Search Committee conducted its first working meeting on Wednesday, April 3. One of the outcomes of the meeting was the selection of four professional search firms by the Presidential Search Committee. Interviews with each of the identified firms will occur on Seton Hill’s campus later this month. The Presidential Search Committee affirmed that the search for the University’s next president will be national in scope. Both internal and external candidates will be considered. It is estimated that the search process will take approximately five months.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
The Seton Hill University Board of Trustees conducted a special meeting on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 and voted to begin a national search for a new president of Seton Hill University and to form a Presidential Search Committee. The Board also decided to engage the assistance of a professional search firm in order to identify and assess the best possible candidates. The membership of the Presidential Search Committee will be announced soon.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
The following letter was sent to Seton Hill University alumni, students, parents and friends from Michele Ridge, Chair of the University’s Board of Trustees.
Dear Alumni, Students, Parents and Friends,
Greetings from Seton Hill University. I write to inform you that JoAnne Boyle, the University’s longest serving president, will retire on June 30, 2013, or when a successor is named. She became president in 1987 and is in her 25th year at the helm.
JoAnne Boyle has been a courageous leader of Seton Hill. During her presidency, Seton Hill has grown from a small women’s undergraduate college to a coeducational university enrolling more than 2,500 students with strengthened academic and financial foundations. With careful attention to both, President Boyle has led Seton Hill forward by choosing to invest campus resources in programs, faculty, key personnel and facilities that will position the University as an educational leader in the arts, the sciences and mobile technology. Please find accompanying this letter a biography (pdf). that features background on JoAnne Boyle’s tenure.
With the entire University Board of Trustees, I express deep gratitude to President Boyle for her tremendous work, long-term commitment and abiding devotion to Seton Hill.
The Board is in the process of formalizing the search process to select JoAnne Boyle’s successor. A selection committee, that I chair, will be created and composed of trustees, alumni, faculty and student representatives. The selection committee will review candidates and recommend finalists to the Board of Trustees.
President Boyle has prepared us well for this moment in our history. During the last decade, the University has raised over $105 million in gifts and pledges for the renovation and construction of facilities, the expansion of academic programs and the Seton Hill endowment. We recently completed the strategic plan for 2013-18 that is grounded in our mission as a Catholic liberal arts institution; we are currently in the leadership gifts phase of fund raising that will support Seton Hill’s $90 million campus expansion plan and we remain committed to enhancing the City of Greensburg’s status as a premier destination. Seton Hill University has a clear vision for the future and is poised for this presidential transition.
President Boyle has done so much for this special university—she has certainly brought us many new horizons toward which Seton Hill will continue to move while ensuring that our students are, as Elizabeth Ann Seton promised her own students “fit…for that world in which you are destined to live.”
Thank you for your continuing support of Seton Hill University.
Michele Moore Ridge