Dear Members of the Allegheny Community,
Several weeks ago, an update on the work of the Presidential Search Committee was sent following the initial meeting of the entire committee. As preparations are being made to start a new academic year, and after a productive summer, we wanted to again reach out to let you know what you might expect from the search process in the coming semester.
The search process is advancing as planned and will intensify as we move into the fall semester. Those of you who were able to attend a listening session conducted in May with representatives of our search consultant, Storbeck/Pimentel and Associates, may recall the particular emphasis on the issues of privacy and confidentiality. The current nature of presidential searches relies much more on the stated need for confidentiality and, in obvious ways, is a clear departure from the semi-public nature of earlier searches.
Our search firm tells us that, in recent years, all of the presidential searches they have conducted for private colleges have been confidential in their approach. Public colleges and universities routinely avoid public presidential searches as well. Most individuals who are strong prospects will likely not consider becoming a candidate without a guarantee of some level of privacy. We chose early on to build the strongest candidate pool possible and to honor the expressed need for privacy.
Allegheny’s Presidential Search Committee members all have signed a Confidentiality Agreement and, as such, have committed to not divulge any information pertaining to the search, including the names of prospective candidates, the timeline, and the content of conversations among committee members. As chair of the Presidential Search Committee, I have committed to updating the community (and public) on behalf of the committee.
I am also committed to keeping you apprised of our progress and invite you to offer any suggestions or concerns you may have. If there are opportunities for the finalists to have some public exposure to the community, I will share that information with you. The Presidential Search website also is available as a resource during the search process.
We are grateful for the interest you are taking in this search and ask that you trust that we are working to find the best possible candidate to serve as Allegheny’s next president. We look forward to our entire community enthusiastically welcoming that individual to our campus.
Eddie Taylor, Jr. ’87
Chair, Presidential Search Committee