Avila University Presidential Search

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Yes. The Chair of the Search Committee will provide regular updates to the Avila University community at critical points in the search. Please check this website periodically for updates.

There is a confidential online nomination form on this website. Please carefully review the presidential qualifications and attributes (specifically, the section titled “Expectations of the New President” and “Qualifications”) as laid out in the Presidential Search Profile before submitting a nomination. Your nomination will go directly to the search consultant, Maya Ranchod Kirkhope, and she will reach out to the nominee. The search consultant will not provide your name to the nominee, but you are free to do so.

The Chair is the official spokespersons for the Search Committee. The Chair will provide regular updates to the Avila community and will address any questions or concerns from members of the community through the duration of the search process.

The Search Committee is restricted in the information that they are able to share with the Avila community. The confidentiality statement, which all members have signed, requires that they not share any information discussed during search committee meetings and that they not share any information related to candidates, even after the search has closed.

As per the confidentiality statement and charge to the Search Committee, the Chair is the only individual authorized to speak on behalf of the Search Committee and the search process. Please contact the Chair or search consultant if you have information that will be helpful to them.

Internal candidates are vetted in the same way as external candidates. All candidates are assessed based on the criteria laid out in the Presidential Search Profile. The Committee very carefully selects the strongest candidates, either internal or external, for further consideration based on the presidential search qualifications and experiences.

Many of our candidates will hold key positions at other institutions and organizations and will only submit an application if confidentiality is guaranteed. Members of the Search Committee have signed an agreement that secures confidentiality for all discussions and deliberations related to the presidential search. For your information, a copy of the confidentiality statement guiding the work of the Presidential Search Committee is available on the Presidential Search website.

Many members of the Avila University community participated in the various one-on-one, small group, and large group meetings that the consultant held on campus in September. The consultant gathered valuable information on the skills, qualifications, and attributes sought in the next president. All of the information gathered will be particularly valuable to the search consultant during the recruiting phase of the search process.

The next president is expected to take office no later than August 1, 2022. The new president may be visible and meet with individuals in late Spring, but the official start date is no later than August 1, 2022.

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