SPRINGFIELD, Ohio - The search for Wittenberg University's next president officially began Friday, Sept. 10, with the publication of the first job posting in The Chronicle of Higher Education, the nation's leading news source for university administrators and faculty. A subsequent posting is scheduled to appear in the Chronicle's Sept. 17 issue.
The posting follows the summer appointment of the 14-member search committee headed by 1975 Wittenberg alumna Ingrid Stafford, chair of the university's Board of Directors and vice president for finance and controller at Northwestern University.
"We're very pleased to be beginning the process of recruiting Wittenberg's 13th president," Stafford said. "Our committee, representing the Board of Directors, the faculty, the student body and Wittenberg's national alumni body, has worked over the summer to prepare for this search."
Joining Stafford on the committee from the board of directors are 1969 alumnus David L. Boyle, vice chair of Ambac Financial Group in New York City; Glenn W. Collier, partner and member of the executive committee of the Springfield law firm Martin, Browne, Hull and Harper; 1964 alumnus William B. Fisher, clinical professor of medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine and co-director of the cancer program at Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie, Ind.; 1971 alumnus The Rev. Dr. Dale R. Giffin, senior pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Youngstown; 1973 alumnus David U. Gogol, president of B&D Sagamore, a government affairs consulting company in Washington, D.C.; 1969 alumna Elizabeth A. Hunter, former professor, teacher, librarian and principal; and 1976 alumnus and attorney Milton O. Thompson, president and CEO of Grand Slam Companies in Indianapolis, Ind.
Also serving on the committee are three Wittenberg faculty members: Robin L. Inboden, professor of English and department chair; Timothy L. Lewis, professor of biology and department chair; and Josephine F. Wilson, the Paul Luther Keil endowed chair in psychology. In addition, 2003 alumna Lehan Peters, director of the Wittenberg Fund; 1988 alumnus and attorney David A. Brown, past president of the Wittenberg Alumni Board; and junior Bruce Robinson, student body representative and former president of Concerned Black Students, have been appointed to the committee.
The search for Wittenberg's next president is being coordinated by the nationally recognized executive search firm Witt/Keiffer, which specializes in the education and not-for-profit sectors. Inquiries, nominations and applications for the position of president should be sent via e-mail to Wittenberg's Witt/Keiffer consultants Jean Dowdall, Gary Posner and Gaele McCully at firstname.lastname@example.org by Oct. 15, 2004.
A presidential search Web site has also been established at www.wittenberg.edu for updates on the search process, additional background information on those leading the search, and university facts and history. Richard P. Veler, professor emeritus of English and general secretary emeritus, will serve as the campus search director.
Wittenberg's next president is expected to be appointed and begin serving no later than July 1, 2005. Attorney and business executive William H. Steinbrink, a 1964 Wittenberg alumnus and the next chair of the university's board of directors, is currently serving as interim president following President Baird Tipson's decision earlier this year to accept the presidency of Washington College located in Chestertown, Md.
"We look forward to attracting new leadership to Wittenberg and to Springfield, continuing the fine efforts of Baird Tipson, who served us very well for nine years," Stafford said. "We also look forward to the input from our alumni, friends and supporters in generating nominations for us to consider, as we desire to develop the broadest possible pool of candidates. The university's distinctive liberal arts mission, shaped by its heritage as a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, will serve us well, I believe, in attracting a new leader for Wittenberg."
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