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Presidential Searches at Private Colleges

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Note:  This page is no longer being maintained on the PhairAdvantage website.  For a current list of private college presidential searches and appointments, go to www.privatesey.com

As of March 5, 2019 – Updated regularly

News stories related to presidential searches

Institutions marked with a “T” have recently faced, or are currently going through “troubles” likely to impact the incoming president.  Those issues are, of course, specific to each institution (see provided links for more details).  Any institutional representatives who would like to offer clarification, refute the “T” designation, or suggest an addition to the list of searches should e-mail Roland King at rolandkingdc@gmail.com.  This list is updated regularly.

Ave Maria University (FL)

10/12/18 Amid controversy, Ave Maria University president will step down in 2020

10/9/18 Ave Maria University President Jim Towey to step down in 2020

Azusa Pacific University (CA)

12/7/18 Azusa Pacific Trustees Resign, Citing Objections

Bethel University (MN)

2/28/19 Bethel University President Jay Barnes Announces Retirement

Brenau University (GA)

8/21/18 Brenau University President Ed Schrader retiring in 2019

Carson-Newman University (TN)

7/16/18 Carson-Newman President J. Randall O’Brien announces retirement

Centenary University (NJ)

11/1/18 President resigning at budget-strapped Centenary University

10/30/18 Centenary University president announces resignation

6/30/15 Centenary College president announces plans to step down in 2016

Christian Brothers University (TN)

9/12/18 After 10 Years of Service, John Smarrelli to Leave CBU Presidency in June

Claflin University (SC)

4/17/18 Claflin University President Announces Retirement After More Than 20 Years

Clark Atlanta University (GA)

11/18/18 CAU Presidential Search

10/19/18 Clark Atlanta University president to resign in December

Clark University (MA)

1/17/19 David Angel to step down as Clark U. president next year

Clarkson College (NE) 

2/6/19 ‘Style of management’ differences play part in two executives’ departure from Clarkson College

1/31/19 Clarkson College Announces Leadership Change, Interim President

College of St. Scholastica (MN)

1/3/19 St. Scholastica president to step down, search process begins

Concordia University Irvine (CA)

5/4/18 Message to the Concordia University Irvine Community Regarding the Presidential Search Process

10/5/17 Concordia President Retires

Eckerd College (FL)

2/13/19 Eckerd College president announces retirement

Elizabethtown College (PA)

2/13/18 Elizabethtown College president to retire next year

Endicott College (MA)

9/20/18 Endicott College president search begins

5/13/18 Richard Wylie, longtime president at Endicott College, dies at 77

Georgetown College (KY)

2/12/19 Much interest in president position

9/8/18 Why the president of this Central Kentucky college is leaving

9/7/18 Georgetown College President To Step Down After School Year

6/14/18 Georgetown College’s probation lifted

6/23/16 Georgetown College put on probation by accreditation association

Good Samaritan College of Nursing and Health Science (OH)

Goucher College (MD)

10/19/18 Goucher College president to step down in 2019

3/8/18 Haverford College will launch search for new president

Hope International University (CA)

1/23/19 HIU President Announces Retirement

Iona College (NY)

2/5/19 New Rochelle’s Iona College President to Leave for New Post

Judson College (AL)

3/3/18 David Potts transitions to Judson chancellor

Keuka College (NY)

6/23/18 Keuka College president retiring

La Sierra College (CA)

1/9/19 La Sierra University president will step down June 30 after 12 years

Lancaster Bible College (PA)

8/23/18 Lancaster Bible College president to retire in August 2019

Lindenwood University (MO)

2/12/19 Lindenwood Ouster a Mystery

2/11/19 Shonrock replaced with non-degree interim president

2/8/19 Lindenwood University president terminated

Luther College (IA)

6/13/18 Luther College President Paula Carlson announces retirement

4/28/19 Presidential Search Update: Transition Committee forms

9/20/18 Academic departments face budget cuts

4/13/17 Timeline released for potential cuts

MacMurray College (IL)

3/5/19 MacMurray President Dr. Mark Tierno to retire, Dr. Beverly Rodgers named interim president

Marygrove College (MI) 

3/1/19 Marygrove President Elizabeth Burns to retire

The Master’s University (CA)

10/23/18 Master’s University Announces Transition Of President John MacArthur To New Position

9/29/18 More Allegations Against Master’s University Surface

9/21/18 Master’s University Officials Hope To ‘Mitigate Findings,’ Do Not Believe ‘Every Assertion’ In Commission’s Report

9/5/18 Master’s University President Calls Allegations Against School ‘Untrue,’ ‘Persecution’

8/16/18 Master’s University on probation

11/15/17 President Ben Hancock Announces Retirement

Millikin University (IL)

2/25/19 Millikin University to begin search for new president as White announces 2020 retirement

Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MN)

Presidential Search Timeline

Morris Brown (GA)

12/12/18 Morris Brown College president to resign

6/29/18 Morris Brown College president, alums talk about the institution’s slow road back to prominence

4/22/18 Court Ruling Bad News for Struggling Morris Brown

Mount Aloysius College (PA)

3/16/18 Mount president Foley leaving post

National University of Natural Medicine (OR)

9/8/18 National University of Natural Medicine President David Schleich Announces Retirement

The New School (NY)

1/31/19 President of the New School to Conclude His Presidency at End of 2019-2020 Academic Year

Northwood University – Michigan (MI)

10/17/18 Northwood University president to retire after 12 years

Occidental College (CA)

1/27/19 – Occidental College president, who weathered campus racial turbulence, to step down

Oklahoma Baptist University (OK)

1/8/19 OBU President David W. Whitlock Announces Retirement

Oklahoma Wesleyan University (OK)

10/15/18 Oklahoma Wesleyan University President Set to Retire

Pfeiffer University (NC)

2/18/19 Pfeiffer University president leaving at end of school year for job in Delaware

Reed College (OR)

2/10/18 Reed College says President John Kroger will step down

Saint Anselm College (NH)

10/12/18 Saint Anselm College president to step down in June 2019

9/19/18 Staff layoffs leave college stunned, angry

6/12/18 Budget forecasting error led to St. Anselm layoffs

St. Augustine’s University (NC)

1/25/19 St. Augustine’s University president announces retirement

Saint Mary’s College (IN)

10/8/18 Saint Mary’s administrators confront Cervelli resignation, introduce Nekvasil as interim president

10/5/18 Jan Cervelli resigns as Saint Mary’s president

Interim president to stay to 6/30/20.

Salem College (NC)

1/26/18 Salem Academy and College President Lorraine Sterritt to Take New Post in Vermont

6/28/18 Salem College president speaks out on school debt and probation

6/23/18 Accrediting agency places Salem College on probation

Santa Clara University (CA)

6/1/18 Santa Clara University president to step down

4/8/17 Budget Cuts Reverberate Across Campus

Skidmore College (NY)

2/25/19 Glotzbach to step down as Skidmore College president May 2020

Stetson University (FL)

2/15/19 Stetson University President Wendy B. Libby Announces Retirement Plans

Texas Lutheran University (TX)

9/26/18 Dorsey set to retire from TLU

Thomas More University (KY)

6/8/18 Thomas More College Names Interim President

5/24/18 President of Thomas More College resigns

Trinity International University (IL)

3/1/18 Trinity Board of Regents appoints presidential search committee

University of Lynchburg (VA)

9/1/18 University of Lynchburg president to retire in 2020, after 19 years

University of Mobile (AL)

2/26/19 University of Mobile president resigns, cites personal reasons

University of Southern California (CA)

1/23/19 Tensions flare among USC trustees with emergency board meeting

10/19/18 University of Southern California to Pay $215 Million Over Sex Abuse Scandal

8/8/18 Message from Board of Trustees Chairman Rick J. Caruso (August 7, 2018)

University of the Pacific (CA)

1/25/19 University of Pacific president to retire

Villa Maria College (NY)

5/29/18 Villa Maria College names interim president

Walsh University (OH)

12/5/18 President Richard Jusseaume Announces Retirement

Wentworth Institute of Technology (MA)

2/21/18 President Zorica Pantic Says She Will Retire in 2019

Wilkes University (PA)

12/14/18 Leahy leaving Wilkes University