The Search for Wheaton’s 9th President

On December 9, 2020, President Dennis M. Hanno announced his plans that he will be leaving his position as president of Wheaton College late in the calendar year of 2021.  Board of Trustees Chair Janet Lindholm Lebovitz ’72 is leading the community through the process of the presidential search.

The Presidential Search Committee welcomes your thoughts and suggestions throughout the search process. Please direct your comments and suggestions, in confidence, to the Presidential Search Committee at We would also appreciate nomination of potential candidates, which should be sent to our search firm at

View our most recent update on the presidential search process

Presidential Search Committee Membership


Janet Lindholm Lebovitz ‘72
Chair, Presidential Search Committee

Chair, Wheaton Board of Trustees

Andrew D. Lounder ‘05
Vice Chair, Presidential Search Committee

Senior Director, Programming and Council Engagement
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges


Monique Lee Bahadur ‘80
Emerita Trustee

Gene Begin
Vice President, Marketing and Communications

Nancy Beth Carlson ‘77
Vice President, Aviation and Marine Global Business Unit, ExxonMobil (Retired)

Richard Chait
Emeritus Trustee
Harvard University Graduate School of Education

Ryan A. Letada ‘08
CEO, NextDayBetter

Dipankar Maitra
Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy

Diane C. Nordin ‘80
Emerita Trustee
Partner and Director of Fixed Income, Wellington Management Company, LLP (Retired)

Chris B. Paquet ‘03
Trustee and Member, Wheaton Alumni Board of Directors
Assistant Commissioner, New York City Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response

Shaya Gregory Poku
Dean for Equity, Social Justice and Community Impact

Courtney Shurtleff
Director, Alumni Relations

Sarah Simkevich ‘22
Majors: Secondary Education, English
Minors: Music Performance

Victor Trepanier ‘22
Majors: U.S. History, Political Science

Winter Jade Werner
Associate Professor of English

Elena Wong ‘07
Trustee and Member, Wheaton Alumni Board of Directors
Associate Director of College Counseling, Menlo School

Brenda Wyss
Professor of Economics