Marietta College's 19th President Announced



May 19, 2016

To the Marietta College community:

I am pleased to inform you that Dr. William N. Ruud has been unanimously elected by the Marietta College Board of Trustees as the 19th President of Marietta, and will begin work in that capacity on July 3, 2016.

The Trustees and the search committee were impressed with Dr. Ruud during our interviews and his visit to campus last month. We also received high praise from the Search Advisory Committee, which had representation from all areas across campus and we are pleased Dr. Ruud has accepted Marietta College’s offer to be our next president. Current interim President Tim Cooper ’73 will remain in this post until Dr. Ruud’s arrival.

It has been a real pleasure getting to know Bill and his wife, Judy, an attorney who currently teaches Business Law and a related class at UNI. The Trustees are looking forward to working with them in the foreseeable future. I am confident you will be pleased to work with them as well, and I know you will give them a special Marietta College welcome.

I also want to take this opportunity to thank fellow Trustees Grant Callery ’68 and Barbara Perry Fitzgerald ’73, who co-chaired the search committee, as well as the other 14 members of that group — that included a member of the Marietta community. They put in a lot of hours and made a personal commitment to make sure Marietta College found the right fit for us.

Dr. Ruud is a respected leader in higher education and on the University of Northern Iowa campus. Located in Cedar Falls, Iowa, UNI is consistently ranked among the “Best in the Midwest.”

Dr. Ruud has been the president at UNI since May 2013, and prior to that served as president at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania for six years. During his three years at Northern Iowa, Ruud has been part of a trend that has seen enrollment improve to 12,300 students — while experiencing increases in freshman, sophomore, junior, graduate, transfer, international and underrepresented minority students. Fundraising at UNI was also on the upswing with more than $50 million since his arrival.

He began his academic career teaching business courses at Northwestern Louisiana State University in 1978. From 1979-81, he conducted his research in leadership assessment at the U.S. Army Research Institute in Washington, D.C.; he also taught management theory and organizational behavior courses at Central Michigan University from 1980-81.

For a complete rundown on Dr. Ruud’s experience, please read today’s news release, which can be found on the College’s home page.

He earned his Ph.D. in organizational behavior/management from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. He received a Bachelor of Science in public administration and hospital administration from the University of North Dakota and a master’s degree in business administration from Nebraska. Dr. Ruud is also a U.S. Army veteran, serving as an Armor and Adjutant General officer from 1978-81.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. and Mrs. Ruud to Marietta.

Best regards,

George Fenton
Chair of the Board of Trustees



George Fenton

George Fenton

Chair

Mr. Fenton is a 1971 graduate of Wesleyan University. He is President of the Fenton Art Glass Company in Williamstown, W.Va. He was formerly the Executive Vice President and Manager of manufacturing at Fenton Art Glass.

Mr. Fenton participated in a Harvard Business School OPM (Owner/President Management) Program. He and his wife, Nancy Gollinger Fenton, live in Williamstown. They have two adult sons.

 


 

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May 10, 2016

Dear Marietta College community,

The momentum and excitement surrounding the search for Marietta College’s 19th president has intensified, but we didn’t want to miss an opportunity to update everyone.

Last week, the finalists were in Marietta and met with the Search Committee, Cabinet, Trustees and the Search Advisory Committee. Each candidate and their spouse toured campus, the President’s Home and the city of Marietta.

We are confident that each candidate enjoyed a positive experience, and those who met with the candidates expressed to us that they felt the finalists were outstanding candidates.

The search process continues this week as the R.H. Perry — our search consultant — conducts additional due diligence. We plan to make an announcement in the near future.

On a personal note, we want to thank everyone who participated in the interviews and tours last week. You represented Marietta College well, and the finalists did not overlook that fact.

Once again, we appreciate everyone’s understanding and cooperation during this process.

Grant Callery ’68 and Barbara Fitzgerald ’73
Co-Chairs, Presidential Search Committee



Barbara A. Perry Fitzgerald

Barbara A. Perry Fitzgerald

Class of 1973

Marietta College graduate of 1973. Her professional career began as a Management Trainee for Sears, Roebuck and Co. in New Jersey. She spent 24 years with Sears in numerous store operations positions (including Store General Manager and District General Manager), Home Improvement store support positions and strategic planning. Her last assignment was VP/GM for Sears Freestanding Hardware Stores, an off the mall chain she grew to 150 stores in 3 years. She left Sears in 1997 and joined Toys “R” Us as VP/GM for NY/NJ, the company’s largest market with annual sales of $1 billion. She was promoted to VP of People Development and led the company-wide initiative (This Magic Moment) designed to transform Toys “R” Us into a customer focused organization. In early 2000 Barbara was named President of Harmon AutoGlass, then the nation’s second largest installer of replacement windshields. She joined PetSmart at the end of that year as Senior VP of Store Operations. In that position she led the strategic focus on customer service, launching a company-wide service initiative: PetSmart Unleashed. She retired from PetSmart in June 2007. She is a member of the Board of The Be Kind People Project in Arizona and a past member of the PetSmart Charities and The Schwan Food Company Boards. Barbara and her husband, Paul, reside in Scottsdale, AZ.

 


T. Grant Callery

T. Grant Callery

Class of 1968

Marietta College graduate of 1968. J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1973. Principal, Oversight and Governance Solutions, LLC. Retired in 2012 as Executive Vice President and General Counsel at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in Washington, DC. He is a member of the Investor Advisory Group of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) and a mem¬ber of the Association of Governing Boards’ (AGB) Council of Board Chairs. Grant and his wife, Jacqueline Machan Callery (MC ‘71) reside in Bethesda, Maryland. They have two adult children one of whom, Megan, is a Marietta College graduate of 2003.

 


 

April 28, 2016

Dear Marietta College community,

In our April 22 update of the presidential search for Marietta College, we shared with you that we were going to appoint a Search Advisory Committee (SAC) to participate in the confidential search.

We have selected 15 individuals from the campus community to serve on this committee. The SAC is being chaired by Tim Cooper ’73. The members of the committee are Paul Daniell (Petroleum Engineering), Jackie Khorassani (Business & Economics), Jolene Powell (Art), Chris Klein (Psychology), Tanya Judd Pucella (Education/Worthington Center), Lisa Phillips (Student Life), Emily Schuck (Financial Aid), Penny Rose (Physician Assistant Program), Brandee Norris (Advancement), Jeanne Arbuckle (Athletics), Tom Perry (Strategic Communications & Marketing), Evan Hensel (student), Matthew Johnson (student) and Hannah Steketee (student).

We met with this group on Wednesday and they are excited to participate in the search and represent you at the finalist candidate interviews.

We encourage you to reach out to any of these individuals before next week's interviews with any questions you may want them to ask. However, each member of the SAC has signed a confidentiality agreement and are prohibited from discussing anything about the finalists or the search. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

Grant Callery ’68 and Barbara Fitzgerald ’73
Co-Chairs, Presidential Search Committee



Barbara A. Perry Fitzgerald

Barbara A. Perry Fitzgerald

Class of 1973

Marietta College graduate of 1973. Her professional career began as a Management Trainee for Sears, Roebuck and Co. in New Jersey. She spent 24 years with Sears in numerous store operations positions (including Store General Manager and District General Manager), Home Improvement store support positions and strategic planning. Her last assignment was VP/GM for Sears Freestanding Hardware Stores, an off the mall chain she grew to 150 stores in 3 years. She left Sears in 1997 and joined Toys “R” Us as VP/GM for NY/NJ, the company’s largest market with annual sales of $1 billion. She was promoted to VP of People Development and led the company-wide initiative (This Magic Moment) designed to transform Toys “R” Us into a customer focused organization. In early 2000 Barbara was named President of Harmon AutoGlass, then the nation’s second largest installer of replacement windshields. She joined PetSmart at the end of that year as Senior VP of Store Operations. In that position she led the strategic focus on customer service, launching a company-wide service initiative: PetSmart Unleashed. She retired from PetSmart in June 2007. She is a member of the Board of The Be Kind People Project in Arizona and a past member of the PetSmart Charities and The Schwan Food Company Boards. Barbara and her husband, Paul, reside in Scottsdale, AZ.

 


T. Grant Callery

T. Grant Callery

Class of 1968

Marietta College graduate of 1968. J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1973. Principal, Oversight and Governance Solutions, LLC. Retired in 2012 as Executive Vice President and General Counsel at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in Washington, DC. He is a member of the Investor Advisory Group of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) and a mem¬ber of the Association of Governing Boards’ (AGB) Council of Board Chairs. Grant and his wife, Jacqueline Machan Callery (MC ‘71) reside in Bethesda, Maryland. They have two adult children one of whom, Megan, is a Marietta College graduate of 2003.

 


 

April 22, 2016

Dear Marietta College community,

The purpose of this communication is to update the Marietta College community on the events in the search process that have occurred since our last posting on April 4.

As noted in that posting, we had a pool of more than 100 candidates who submitted applications for the position to our search consultants, R. H. Perry (RHP). Those applying represented a broad range of backgrounds and experiences both within and outside of the academy. The committee met in Columbus at the end of March and narrowed the field to 10 to interview.

The Committee spent the weekend of April 16 and 17 at the Columbus airport and interviewed all 10 candidates. We were very impressed with the quality of the people, their broad experience and their eagerness to take on this challenge.

We have now narrowed the field to three finalists who will come to Marietta for interviews.

As we have advised throughout the search process, one of the questions we knew we might have to address is whether the final stages of the search will be “open” or “confidential” in nature.

By way of background, the basic difference between the two search types is that the identities of the candidates being considered by the Committee remain confidential throughout the entirety of the search process in a confidential search. The primary reason that search committees undertake confidential searches is to encourage sitting presidents and others who are concerned about disclosing their participation in a search to their current employers to put themselves up for consideration in the search. The Board of Trustees gave the Search Committee the authority to determine whether the search will be open or confidential.

As we explained in earlier communications to campus constituencies, all searches are confidential through the semi-finalist interviews. The difference occurs when the committee moves to the finalist stage where the interviews generally take place on campus and may include open forums with campus constituencies. It was at this point in the search that we told the campus community we might need to take a close look at the pool of candidates and, if there are people in that pool who the committee believes should become finalists and have conditioned their participation on confidentiality, we would have to make a judgment call as to whether we believe that it is critical for those individuals to remain in the search. The committee believes this is the case and the interviews will, therefore, be confidential. As indicated in earlier communications, however, we will provide an opportunity for a broader group of campus constituents to participate in the interview process with their assurances of maintaining confidentiality.

To this end, the Search Committee will appoint a Search Advisory Committee (SAC) charged with participating in the interviews of the finalists. This SAC will consist of representatives from the several constituent groups on campus and will include particularly those from disciplines and areas not represented on the Search Committee. The SAC appointees will be thoughtful, respected opinion leaders who are “bullish” on the future of Marietta College and committed to the selection of the right person to be our 19th President. The SAC will be chaired by former Board Chair Tim Cooper, who is currently serving as Chief Transition Officer, and will include representatives of the faculty, the staff, the cabinet, the coaching staff and the student body.

After the SAC interviews the candidates, its members will provide their thoughts regarding strengths and weaknesses to the Search Committee which will, in turn, make its recommendation to the Board of Trustees.

We are very excited about the group of finalists, all of whom are seasoned administrators with great experience in enrollment management, fund raising and, we believe, the ability to be transparent and communicative leaders to guide Marietta College into the future. Sincerely,

Grant Callery ’68 and Barbara Fitzgerald ’73
Co-Chairs, Presidential Search Committee



Barbara A. Perry Fitzgerald

Barbara A. Perry Fitzgerald

Class of 1973

Marietta College graduate of 1973. Her professional career began as a Management Trainee for Sears, Roebuck and Co. in New Jersey. She spent 24 years with Sears in numerous store operations positions (including Store General Manager and District General Manager), Home Improvement store support positions and strategic planning. Her last assignment was VP/GM for Sears Freestanding Hardware Stores, an off the mall chain she grew to 150 stores in 3 years. She left Sears in 1997 and joined Toys “R” Us as VP/GM for NY/NJ, the company’s largest market with annual sales of $1 billion. She was promoted to VP of People Development and led the company-wide initiative (This Magic Moment) designed to transform Toys “R” Us into a customer focused organization. In early 2000 Barbara was named President of Harmon AutoGlass, then the nation’s second largest installer of replacement windshields. She joined PetSmart at the end of that year as Senior VP of Store Operations. In that position she led the strategic focus on customer service, launching a company-wide service initiative: PetSmart Unleashed. She retired from PetSmart in June 2007. She is a member of the Board of The Be Kind People Project in Arizona and a past member of the PetSmart Charities and The Schwan Food Company Boards. Barbara and her husband, Paul, reside in Scottsdale, AZ.

 


T. Grant Callery

T. Grant Callery

Class of 1968

Marietta College graduate of 1968. J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1973. Principal, Oversight and Governance Solutions, LLC. Retired in 2012 as Executive Vice President and General Counsel at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in Washington, DC. He is a member of the Investor Advisory Group of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) and a mem¬ber of the Association of Governing Boards’ (AGB) Council of Board Chairs. Grant and his wife, Jacqueline Machan Callery (MC ‘71) reside in Bethesda, Maryland. They have two adult children one of whom, Megan, is a Marietta College graduate of 2003.

 


 

April 4, 2016

Dear Marietta College community,

On behalf of the Presidential Search Committee, we are writing to update you on our progress and what you can expect will take place during the rest of this semester.

The Search Committee met with the Search Consultants in Columbus last week (March 30) to review and discuss the 100-plus applications we received. As mentioned in an earlier correspondence, we have a strong applicant pool and we were able to pare down the list to 10 high-quality and experienced candidates. We are now in the process of scheduling “airport” interviews with these individuals on April 16 and 17.

Our goal to have Marietta College’s 19th president on campus by July 1 is still reasonable and we are optimistic that we can make it happen. We can’t emphasize enough that we are also committed to finding the right person. As we begin meeting candidates face-to-face, it will become clearer to the committee if there is a good fit among the candidates, or if we will have to go the route of an interim for a year.

We hope you appreciate our regular updates and we plan to continue doing this through the announcement of the next president. You can also review information and get updates here on the presidential search website.

There is one update regarding the Search Committee that we want to share as well. Due to an increased demand at work, trustee Jason Rebrook ’96 had to step down. Trustee Patti Zecchi ’71 has agreed to fill that position.

Sincerely,

Grant Callery ’68 and Barbara Fitzgerald ’73
Co-Chairs, Presidential Search Committee



Barbara A. Perry Fitzgerald

Barbara A. Perry Fitzgerald

Class of 1973

Marietta College graduate of 1973. Her professional career began as a Management Trainee for Sears, Roebuck and Co. in New Jersey. She spent 24 years with Sears in numerous store operations positions (including Store General Manager and District General Manager), Home Improvement store support positions and strategic planning. Her last assignment was VP/GM for Sears Freestanding Hardware Stores, an off the mall chain she grew to 150 stores in 3 years. She left Sears in 1997 and joined Toys “R” Us as VP/GM for NY/NJ, the company’s largest market with annual sales of $1 billion. She was promoted to VP of People Development and led the company-wide initiative (This Magic Moment) designed to transform Toys “R” Us into a customer focused organization. In early 2000 Barbara was named President of Harmon AutoGlass, then the nation’s second largest installer of replacement windshields. She joined PetSmart at the end of that year as Senior VP of Store Operations. In that position she led the strategic focus on customer service, launching a company-wide service initiative: PetSmart Unleashed. She retired from PetSmart in June 2007. She is a member of the Board of The Be Kind People Project in Arizona and a past member of the PetSmart Charities and The Schwan Food Company Boards. Barbara and her husband, Paul, reside in Scottsdale, AZ.

 


T. Grant Callery

T. Grant Callery

Class of 1968

Marietta College graduate of 1968. J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1973. Principal, Oversight and Governance Solutions, LLC. Retired in 2012 as Executive Vice President and General Counsel at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in Washington, DC. He is a member of the Investor Advisory Group of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) and a mem¬ber of the Association of Governing Boards’ (AGB) Council of Board Chairs. Grant and his wife, Jacqueline Machan Callery (MC ‘71) reside in Bethesda, Maryland. They have two adult children one of whom, Megan, is a Marietta College graduate of 2003.

 


 

Feb. 25, 2016

Dear members of the Marietta College community:

On behalf of the Presidential Search Committee, we are writing to update you on our progress and what you can expect will take place during the rest of this semester.

We want to start by thanking everyone who attended one of the open sessions with John Hutchinson and Matt Kilcoyne of R.H. Perry & Associates. Your input provided the valuable insight into Marietta that our search partners needed to create the Executive Search Profile (http://www.rhperry.com/files/PDF/Marietta_President_Profile.pdf).

The Search Committee has access to applications as they are submitted, but we’re also pleased to have R.H. Perry & Associates reviewing applications and they will continue to do so until the March 21 deadline. At that point R.H. Perry & Associates will provide a ranking of the candidates to the Presidential Search Committee — and we’ll be able to compare their rankings to ours. R.H. Perry is also actively engaging with prospective candidates, and we are encouraged by their enthusiasm and excitement surrounding the potential for the quality of candidates. We also want to encourage you to nominate someone who you feel would make a strong candidate for us to consider. Everyone is being reviewed on an equal basis. Nominations can be sent to MariettaPresident@rhperry.com.

On March 30, the committee will meet in Columbus to review the candidates and develop a list of 8 to 10 who will be invited for airport interviews on April 15. As you can see, we have an ambitious timetable and we plan to stick to it to make sure we provide Marietta College with its 19th President by July 1. We are also committed to getting the right person, so if it becomes clear the candidate pool is not strong enough we will quickly adjust and find an interim and then restart the search for a permanent replacement in the fall. We promise to keep you alerted to any developments, and you can always go to the presidential search website (www.marietta.edu/presidentsearch) for information.

As the Committee progresses with the search process one of the questions that has frequently come up is whether the search will be “open” or “confidential” in nature.

This is a determination that does not need to be made until we are further down the road of the search. The basic difference between the two search types is that the identities of the candidates being considered by the Committee remain confidential until near or even through the entirety of the search process in a confidential search. The primary reason for a confidential search is to encourage sitting presidents and others who are concerned about disclosing their participation in a search to their current employers to put themselves up for consideration in the search. We want our field of candidates to include such people. The Board of Trustees has given the Search Committee, which has broad representation from the major campus constituencies, the authority to determine whether the search will be open or confidential.

As a practical matter, all searches are confidential through the semi-finalist interviews, which are normally conducted off-site. The difference presents itself when the committee moves to the finalist stage where the interviews generally take place on campus and include forums with numerous campus constituencies. It is at the selection point for the finalist candidates that the committee must confront the open/confidential issue. We anticipate that, upon completion of the off-campus interviews, the committee will take a close look at the pool of candidates and, if there are people in that pool who the committee believes should become finalists and have conditioned their participation on confidentiality, we will have to make a judgment call as to whether we believe it is critical for those individuals to remain in the search. If that is the case, we will communicate with those individuals to determine if confidentiality continues to be essential and if that is the case the committee can make the determination to keep the search confidential. However, there may be ways in which a larger group beyond the Committee itself can engage with the candidates while maintaining confidentiality and the Committee would certainly explore those possibilities.

It is important to understand the Committee fully understands the pros and cons of the confidentiality issue and intends to take all of those issues into consideration if, and when, such a determination needs to be made.

Thank you for your help in developing the position description, your useful suggestions on the process and your continued support. As a result, we expect to conduct a robust and productive search that will be successful. For that, the search committee and Board of Trustees are most grateful.

Grant Callery ’68 and Barbara Fitzgerald ’73
Co-Chairs, Presidential Search Committee



Barbara A. Perry Fitzgerald

Barbara A. Perry Fitzgerald

Class of 1973

Marietta College graduate of 1973. Her professional career began as a Management Trainee for Sears, Roebuck and Co. in New Jersey. She spent 24 years with Sears in numerous store operations positions (including Store General Manager and District General Manager), Home Improvement store support positions and strategic planning. Her last assignment was VP/GM for Sears Freestanding Hardware Stores, an off the mall chain she grew to 150 stores in 3 years. She left Sears in 1997 and joined Toys “R” Us as VP/GM for NY/NJ, the company’s largest market with annual sales of $1 billion. She was promoted to VP of People Development and led the company-wide initiative (This Magic Moment) designed to transform Toys “R” Us into a customer focused organization. In early 2000 Barbara was named President of Harmon AutoGlass, then the nation’s second largest installer of replacement windshields. She joined PetSmart at the end of that year as Senior VP of Store Operations. In that position she led the strategic focus on customer service, launching a company-wide service initiative: PetSmart Unleashed. She retired from PetSmart in June 2007. She is a member of the Board of The Be Kind People Project in Arizona and a past member of the PetSmart Charities and The Schwan Food Company Boards. Barbara and her husband, Paul, reside in Scottsdale, AZ.

 


T. Grant Callery

T. Grant Callery

Class of 1968

Marietta College graduate of 1968. J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1973. Principal, Oversight and Governance Solutions, LLC. Retired in 2012 as Executive Vice President and General Counsel at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in Washington, DC. He is a member of the Investor Advisory Group of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) and a mem¬ber of the Association of Governing Boards’ (AGB) Council of Board Chairs. Grant and his wife, Jacqueline Machan Callery (MC ‘71) reside in Bethesda, Maryland. They have two adult children one of whom, Megan, is a Marietta College graduate of 2003.

 


 

Jan. 18, 2016

To the Marietta College community:

I would like to welcome everyone back to campus for the start of the spring semester — this is always an exciting time. I know most of you are focused on getting the semester off to a good start. To the Class of 2016: I hope you are enjoying and soaking up the memories of your final days as an undergraduate.

The Board of Trustees looks forward to returning to campus for our February meetings (Feb. 18-19), and we will have many important items to discuss — none more important than the search for Marietta College’s 19th president. I would like to take this opportunity to update you on the activities of the Board and its executive committee since President Bruno announced his intention to leave at the end of the academic year.

The Board, the executive committee and those who will be running the search have been conducting regular teleconferences and corresponding via email to discuss all possible options moving forward. We have been in contact with a number of search firms that specialize in higher education executive searches, as well as firms that do broader-based executive searches. In addition, we have reached out to firms that specialize in placing interim presidents at colleges and universities.

Last week, the executive committee met with two search firms and, after checking a number of references, we have selected the search firm of R. H. Perry & Associates (RHPA) to help guide our search. We were impressed by their team approach and the experience of the individual consultants who will be working with us. In addition, one of RHPA’s senior consultants is Jean Scott. Although Jean will not be involved in the search, she will be available to the team to provide historical background and context, which we believe could be very helpful.

The full Board has approved a search committee that is made up of the following people:

Co-chairs: Grant Callery ’68 and Barbara Fitzgerald ’73
Trustees: Michael Moffitt ’91, Kathleen Murphy ’82, Jason Rebrook ’96, Mike Salvino ’87, Chuck Sulerzyski and Dale Wartluft ’63
MCAA: Keith Coleman ’77
Cabinet: Janet Bland
Faculty: Dottie Erb and Dan Monek
Staff: Debra Wayland
Student: Kennedy Clyde ’16
Community: Nancy Hollister
Administrative Assistant to the Committee: Tara Meagle

Initially, it was our belief that we would need to appoint an interim president for the 2016-17 academic year and then engage in a search to find a permanent president to start on July 1, 2017. As I shared with you in my last correspondence, we were encouraged by the search firms and other knowledgeable sources to move right into a search for a permanent replacement. It has become apparent there are more searches being conducted over the course of the spring semester, instead of the more traditional timeframe of starting in the fall. We have learned that these searches are equally as successful in attracting high-quality candidates. It is the Board’s current thinking that engaging in a search for the 19th president should take place during the winter and spring of 2016. If this search is successful, we will have gained the advantage of having a permanent solution in place by the summer of 2016 — without incurring the additional cost, time and effort of deferring the search until the fall.

However, should our search for a permanent president not yield us a candidate well suited to taking over this important leadership role at Marietta, we maintain the option of hiring an interim president for the 2016-17 academic year. This process can be expedited and will not interfere with conducting a renewed search for a permanent president in the fall. The search firms with whom we spoke agreed with our approach and were confident that we will have a good pool of candidates.

Since we are going about this a bit differently than in past searches, the Board believes it may be beneficial to conduct a confidential search where the identities of the finalist candidates do not become public, particularly if the pool includes sitting presidents, who would not otherwise engage in the search process without assurances of confidentiality. If we choose to go this route, it would mean the candidates would interact with only select members of the campus community. This is a decision that can be made by the search committee and Board of Trustees during the search process.

Of course, our goal, and the reason we are being thoughtful and deliberative in this process, is to identify the ideal candidate for president who can lead Marietta College during this important time and into the future.

Now that the Board has finalized an agreement with RHPA, two senior consultants will be on the campus in the very near future to meet with various constituent groups to get a better understanding of the qualifications, skills, and experiences needed in our next President. Based upon their findings, the consultants will develop a comprehensive executive search profile for the next President. Once the profile is finalized and approved by the search committee, it will be posted on appropriate employment sites and will be used in a national sourcing effort designed to secure suitable applicants and nominations. The search consultants will need a minimum of six weeks to develop the pool of candidates.

Information about the search will be posted as it becomes available on the Presidential Search section of the Marietta College website — http://w3.marietta.edu/presidentsearch/. Likewise, I will keep the College community advised as we move forward in this most important of undertakings.

Sincerely,

George Fenton
Chair
Marietta College Board of Trustees



George Fenton

George Fenton

Chair

Mr. Fenton is a 1971 graduate of Wesleyan University. He is President of the Fenton Art Glass Company in Williamstown, W.Va. He was formerly the Executive Vice President and Manager of manufacturing at Fenton Art Glass.

Mr. Fenton participated in a Harvard Business School OPM (Owner/President Management) Program. He and his wife, Nancy Gollinger Fenton, live in Williamstown. They have two adult sons.

 


 

Dec. 9, 2015

Dear fellow members of the Marietta College community:

I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving with family and friends, and very soon you will be departing again for the College’s winter break. As you know, we are engaged in an important time of transition, as President Bruno recently announced his resignation — effective in May 2016. We are grateful to Joe for his leadership and service, and for his determination and resolve to spend the remainder of this academic year working with you to make Marietta College stronger and better every day. I also want to thank each of you for your commitment to this outstanding institution, and for everything you do to make Marietta College great.

After getting input from several search firms, the Board of Trustees has decided to proceed with a full search for a new President, rather than looking for an interim. Your Board of Trustees is in the process of appointing a Presidential Search Committee, and we will make sure to include representatives from across campus. Barbara Fitzgerald and Grant Callery, both former board chairs, have agreed to co-chair the Presidential Search Committee. The Board is currently assessing search firms and we hope to announce soon which one will assist us during the search for Marietta College’s 19th President. The trustees and the senior leadership at the College recognize that we are starting a little later in the year than a typical presidential search would commence, so we hope to complete the evaluation of the search firms soon while also drafting a position description.

My promise to each of you is we will communicate with you regularly throughout the search process, mostly through a comprehensive Presidential Search website that is being created now by Strategic Communications & Marketing, and we hope to share the URL with you soon. It is here where we will archive all communication; provide a tentative and updated timeline, as well as all other pertinent information that is relevant for a successful search. This is also the place where we will direct applicants to learn more about the College, the community and the search.

The Board recognizes that we have an important obligation to choose a President under whose leadership Marietta College will thrive in the execution of our Mission. We understand that the very suppositions that bring about the delivery of higher education are being confronted and tested in a world enduring change at an amazing speed. But we are energized by the idea that with this challenge comes great opportunity.

Thank you, in advance, for your support as we work to find our next leader and as we move Marietta forward.

Best regards,
George Fenton
Chair, Marietta College Board of Trustees



George Fenton

George Fenton

Chair

Mr. Fenton is a 1971 graduate of Wesleyan University. He is President of the Fenton Art Glass Company in Williamstown, W.Va. He was formerly the Executive Vice President and Manager of manufacturing at Fenton Art Glass.

Mr. Fenton participated in a Harvard Business School OPM (Owner/President Management) Program. He and his wife, Nancy Gollinger Fenton, live in Williamstown. They have two adult sons.