The Centre College Presidential Search Committee has partnered with Spencer Stuart to assist with the process to select a successor to President John Roush, who will retire effective June 30, 2020, after 22 years of leadership.
With six decades of experience in search and leadership consulting, Spencer Stuart has served clients in more than 30 countries across a variety of roles and industries, including deep experience within higher education and the non-profit sector.
“After reviewing the capabilities of over a dozen search firms and intensively interviewing three,” said Mark Nunnelly, who chairs the College’s board of trustees and is overseeing the search process, “the search committee concluded that Spencer Stuart’s higher education background, along with its success in recent similar searches and fit with Centre’s culture, made them a strong partner for the important work of identifying Centre’s next president.”
Members of the Spencer Stuart team will be on the Centre campus in mid-September over a three-day period to learn firsthand from every sector of the campus community what hopes and aspirations exist for the College’s 21st president.
To accommodate busy schedules and time constraints as the fall semester gets underway, faculty will be able to select from four listening sessions and three will be scheduled for staff. In addition, meetings will be organized for members of the student body as a whole, as well as student leaders. Spencer Stuart consultants will also meet with members of the senior staff.
According to Nunnelly, “Spencer Stuart has already begun the work of synthesizing the many voices of Centre’s various stakeholders about their aspirations for Centre’s next chapter.” Importantly, he emphasized, “this will then become the frame by which we will conduct our search.”
A webpage devoted to the presidential search is now available on the Centre College website (click here). Members of the Centre community are strongly encouraged to check the page regularly for updates, which will soon include a position specification.
by Michael Strysick
August 30, 2019