March 4, 2022
Dear SVSU community,
On behalf of the Board of Control and the Presidential Search Advisory Committee, we would like to express our appreciation to everyone who has played an active role in the search process to date.
Our search firm, WittKieffer, reports that we have seen more than 450 individuals participate in a listening session and/or submit written comments using the online survey tool. We and other Board of Control members have been actively listening to the perspectives of students, faculty, staff and stakeholders, and we extend our thanks to everyone who took time to share their input.
We are working with WittKieffer to complete the Leadership Profile that is being developed based upon the input we have received. The profile includes an enhanced job description that gives information on the qualifications and attributes the university seeks in presidential candidates, highlights on SVSU’s attractiveness to candidates, and details on how to submit applications, nominations, or express interest. This profile will be posted to the presidential search website once it is finished.
We are making good progress. Our next step will be to begin actively working to identify and evaluate candidates. We expect this process to take a couple of months, and it will be a “quiet period” out of respect for candidates’ privacy. If you know someone who may be a good candidate, you can share that information with our search firm via e-mail at SVSUPresident@wittkieffer.com. Please include why you feel the individual is qualified, contact information for them, and any other relevant information.
The Presidential Search Advisory Committee is an outstanding collection of individuals who will broadly represent constituency and stakeholder interests of the university and the community during the next phase. We expect the committee to provide a slate of eligible candidates to the Board in late spring or early summer. The ultimate decision of selecting the next president rests with the Board.
Again, thank you for your active participation and your ongoing support.
Chair of the Board of Control
Vice Chair of the Board of Control