Presidential Search

Wheaton seeks an energetic, visionary and resourceful leader to articulate and advance a shared vision for the future of our exceptional liberal arts college. A Presidential Search Committee comprising trustees, alumnae/i, students, faculty and staff has been empaneled to identify the institution’s eighth president. The college’s extended community has been invited to offer confidential suggestions and nominations to the committee.

Search Committee

Robert Chase Armstrong ’14
Major: History
Head Resident Advisor, Beard & Meadows

Polly Bartlett Bryson ’79, Vice-Chair
Terra Nova Partners

Shawn Christian
Associate Professor of English, Wheaton College

Nancy Pearlstine Conger ’67, Chair
Red Hook Management Investment Advisors

Brian Douglas
Vice President, Finance and Administration and Treasurer, Wheaton College

James C. Hoyte
Former Trustee
Counsel, ADS Ventures, Inc.

James B. Karman P’01
Real estate investor
Retired CEO, Spaulding and Slye and vice chairman of Jones Lang LaSalle Americas

Kirk D. Kolenbrander
Vice President and Secretary of the Corporation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Shante Little ’14
Major: African, African American, Diaspora Studies
2013 NCAA Outdoor National Track & Field Champion, 400-meter

Diane C. Nordin ’80
Former Partner and Director of Fixed Income, Wellington Management Company, LLP

Keith J. Peden
Senior Vice President, Human Resources & Security, Raytheon Company

Tommy Ratliff
Professor of Mathematics, Wheaton College

John C. Talanian Jr.  ’93
Senior Vice President, Institutional Equities and Partner, Cantor Fitzgerald

M. Gabriela Torres
Associate Professor of Anthropology, Wheaton College

Lisa M. Yenush ’90
Associate Director of Athletics/Senior Woman Administrator, Wheaton College

Contact Us

The Presidential Search Committee welcomes your thoughts and suggestions at every step of the search process. Your advice about Wheaton’s distinctive character, the goals that we should set as an institution for the next ten years and the challenges we must overcome would be most helpful.

Please direct your comments and suggestions (in confidence) to the Presidential Search Committee at

We also would appreciate nominations of potential candidates, which should be sent to our search firm at