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Presidential Search Update from Vicki L. Rupp, Chair of the Board of Control

February 11, 2022

Dear SVSU Community: 

On behalf of the Board of Control, I would like to update you on our progress with the search to select the University’s fifth president.

We have retained WittKieffer, an executive search firm, to assist us with identifying and reviewing candidates. The Board was impressed with the firm’s commitment to identify a diverse pool of qualified candidates and we received favorable feedback from other clients.

Beginning the week of February 21, we will be hosting a series of listening sessions where SVSU stakeholders will have an opportunity to share their thoughts on the characteristics and experience we should prioritize in the search process. In order to identify the right leader for SVSU, we want all voices to be heard.

Most listening sessions will be hosted virtually. We also will have an online survey tool where people can provide written comments.

We also have established a presidential search advisory committee that I will co-chair, along with Raj Wiener, Vice Chair of the Board of Control. Raj and I are both SVSU alumni. We have enjoyed wonderful careers, thanks in no small measure to our SVSU education. We are privileged and humbled to now be able to serve our university in this way.

You can find a list of the committee members on our presidential search website. We also will post information on the listening sessions to the site, as details are finalized.

We will continue to update you throughout the search process. We expect the search advisory committee will recommend finalists to the Board of Control in late spring or early summer. Ultimately, the Board will select the next president.

We appreciate the exceptional leadership President Bachand continues to provide and his open communication with the Board throughout this process. We will have more to say and will find occasion in the coming months to recognize his extraordinary career at SVSU.

The Board and I have tremendous confidence in the faculty, staff, students and administration of SVSU. We have a campus culture where people care about one another and treat one another with respect, even when they disagree. We have managed to remain true to our mission of serving students, even during a pandemic. The presidency of SVSU is a very appealing opportunity for the right candidate who can build upon our solid foundation and who has a vision for how SVSU will transform in the years to come.

I encourage you to support our efforts through your participation in the weeks to come.


Vicki L. Rupp
Chair, SVSU Board of Control