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Presidential Search Process & Timeline

What is the process for selecting a new president?

The SVSU Board of Control formed a Search Advisor Committee to conduct the search for the new president. The Search Advisory Committee consists of representatives from campus constituencies including the Board of Control, academic leadership, alumni, students, and the community. WittKieffer, the executive search firm, then builds a pool of eligible candidates over the course of several weeks. The Search Advisory Committee is charged with vetting these candidates through material review and interviews.

Who are the search committee members and how are the chair and the search committee members selected?

The SVSU Board of Control Chair appoints the Search Advisory Committee.

How is the search conducted?

A search firm was selected by SVSU to assist in the presidential search. The search firm works with the Search Advisory Committee and the SVSU Board of Control to develop the job description, the required and preferred qualifications for the position, as well as the campus prospectus that describes the college, including its current strengths, opportunities, and challenges and information about SVSU environment. The firm then places advertisements and conducts active outreach to recruit a large, talented, and diverse pool of qualified candidates to be considered by the committee. The firm will also work with the SVSU Board of Control to conduct extensive due diligence checks and references on all finalists.

After vetting several search firms, SVSU retained WittKieffer to assist with the presidential search.

The Search Advisory Committee will review the pool and select candidates for first-round interviews.

The names of the eligible candidates and the search committee's full evaluations will be forwarded to the Board of Control. The SVSU Board of Control ultimately selects the next President.

How do I share my thoughts about the search, send nominations, or apply?

We strongly encourage you to submit nominations and recommendations to WittKieffer and the search committee through this e-mail address: Please include the institution or organization where the nominee is employed. Contact information and comments are helpful, but not required.