Newman prepares for presidential search


The Newman University Board of Trustees formed a search committee for the next university president after the retirement of Noreen M. Carrocci, Ph.D. effective Dec. 31, 2019.

Interim president Teresa Hall Bartels said, “It’s a humbling responsibility to lead this amazing university on an interim basis as we look for the next president to build upon the great work Noreen has accomplished during her tenure.”

Rick Artman, Ph.D., senior consultant for Academic Search Inc., conducted listening sessions with Newman faculty and staff in December and January to gain feedback to help in the search for Newman’s next president.

The search committee is being led by Jason R. Searl, who said, “The comments that the Newman University community provided will be utilized to shape the prospectus that is being developed over the next few weeks. That prospectus will launch the recruiting phase in February.”

Searl has been a member of the Newman Board of Trustees since 2018 and served on the audit and finance committees. Since 2014, he has been an independent management consultant specializing in commodity origination, sales, optimization, new market development and multiple other facets of business.

The search committee has met several times since the announcement of its formation in September 2019. A preliminary timeline was determined during the most recent meeting with a goal of selecting a new president after mid-May 2020.

The tentative recruitment period will begin Feb. 21 and have an application deadline of March 27. The process following the deadline will consist of interviewing semifinalists and then holding finalist interviews and campus visits.

The list of committee members and the complete tentative timeline can be found on the Newman University presidential search web page, which will be updated throughout the search process.



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