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Presidential Search Listening Sessions

Saginaw Valley State University and search consultants from WittKieffer hosted virtual listening sessions to collect input from the university community regarding expectations for the new president and perspectives about the ideal candidate profile. 

The listening sessions were open to students, faculty, staff, alumni, community members, and any other internal or external stakeholder who had thoughts about SVSU’s next president.

The listening sessions were conducted via Zoom with a focus on the stakeholder groups delineated below. However, participants were welcome to attend the session that best fits their schedules.

Open Forum Listening Sessions

  • Student Session
    February 22, 2022, 3:15 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Faculty Session
    February 23, 2022, 9:30 - 10:15 a.m.
  • Staff Open Session
    February 23, 2022, 2:00 - 2:45 p.m.
  • Staff Open Session
    February 24, 2022, 11:00 - 11:45 a.m.
  • Open Session (anyone may attend)
    February 25, 2022, 2:00 - 2:45 p.m.


  1. Welcome and Introductions
  2. WittKieffer Overview (WittKieffer)
  3. Process and Timeline (WittKieffer)
  4. Open Discussion (Attendees)
    1. Desired candidate qualifications, qualities and experiences
    2. Opportunities and challenges
    3. Points of pride
  5. Nominations and recommendations:

If you were unable to attend one of these events:

You can also submit your nominations and recommendations to

PLEASE NOTE: Tuesday, March 1, 2022 was the deadline to submit your comments/responses using the online survey.