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Presidential search update: prospectus and position summary posted

May 29, 2019

Dear students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors and community members,

This is one in a series of communications I will provide to update you on the search for Pacific's next president. The Presidential Search Advisory Committee (PSAC) held its first meeting in mid-May and accomplished several important objectives:

  • The prospectus and position profile were reviewed and completed and have been posted to the presidential search website. This document provides a comprehensive overview of Pacific with the description of the president's position, the opportunities and challenges, and the desired qualities and characteristics of the next president;
  • The committee discussed the differences between an open and confidential search, and why the Board of Regents felt a confidential search would provide the most qualified group of candidates;
  • The committee members discussed the importance of their required commitment to confidentiality throughout the search process;
  • And the group reviewed and discussed the plan to communicate to the community throughout the search process.

We have approved the announcement for the position that will be placed in a variety of higher education publications and websites and in several other outlets. I encourage you to review the position profile and to nominate qualified candidates, or direct them to apply by following the information on page 25 of the prospectus.

Our search consultant has begun to identify and reach out to prospective candidates. The PSAC will meet again in August to discuss the status of the search and review an initial slate of candidates. The committee's charge is to identify several outstanding individuals who will be interviewed by the full Board of Regents in October. We expect our next president will be chosen and named in late fall.

Updates will be posted to the presidential search website as milestones are met. I recommend that you check it regularly. My next update will be sent in mid-summer. You can email comments, questions or ideas to the search firm, as well as provide input about the challenges and opportunities and qualities of the next president by filling out the survey posted on the presidential search website. The email and survey will be available throughout the search.

I appreciate those who have taken the survey and provided feedback, and the members of the PSAC for their commitment to this important process. It is the breadth of diverse ideas and perspectives all of you are providing that will lead us to a highly qualified group of candidates, one of whom will become Pacific's next president.


Norman Allen '88, '94
Chair, Presidential Search Advisory Committee
Board of Regents