July 15 2013

Open forum in July

To the Wheaton Community:

The Presidential Search is officially underway. The members of the Presidential Search Committee gathered, by telephone, for our first meeting, and we are now preparing for our first open community discussion to be held later this month.

Since we wrote to you last month, the Presidential Search Committee has received a number of comments and suggestions regarding the search; we are very grateful for your interest and advice. We are eager for your perspective on Wheaton’s distinctive character, its future and the skills and qualities our next leader will need to be successful. As we mentioned previously, the committee will hold several on-campus meetings this summer and conduct an online survey.

Our first campus visit will take place on Wednesday, July 24; we plan to hold an open forum from 11 a.m. to noon in the Weber Theatre, Watson Fine Arts. Our search consultants from Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates—Shelly Weiss Storbeck, managing partner; Anne Coyle, vice president, and Nell Booth, senior associate—will be in attendance, along with members of the search committee. All members of the Wheaton community who are able to attend are most welcome.

A second open forum will be held on the Wheaton campus on Wednesday, August 28. In addition, you will receive a survey designed to solicit your views on the search. Please complete it and contribute to our shared understanding of Wheaton’s future.

The open meetings that we have scheduled, along with the survey and our consultations with individual members of the Wheaton community, will inform the position specification that we develop for the search. We will use this document, which will include a description of Wheaton, the central tasks ahead for our new president, and a profile of qualities sought, in talking to potential candidates and to people who can help identify candidates. We also will share it with you and post it on our web site at wheatoncollege.edu/presidentialsearch.

As always, we welcome your thoughts and suggestions sent via email directed topresidentialsearch@wheatoncollege.edu. Nominations of potential candidates should be sent to our search firm at WheatonCollege@storbeckpimentel.com.

Thank you for your interest in and support of Wheaton.

Sincerely,

Nancy Pearlstine Conger ’67 Chair, Presidential Search Committee
Red Hook Management Investment Advisors
Polly Bartlett Bryson ’79 Vice-Chair, Presidential Search Committee
Terra Nova Partners