Presidential Search Update, August 4, 2021
Dear University Community,
I would like to inform you that—after much deliberation—the Presidential Search Committee has determined it is in the university’s best interest that the Council of Trustees discontinue the current presidential search at this time and relaunch it at a later date. The Council has agreed this is a necessary decision—one that took the collaboration and commitment of everyone on the Committee on behalf of the constituencies they represent.
The Committee and the Council recognize and agree that a delay will give our university an opportunity to address enrollment challenges, make critical program investments, and navigate through the continuing uncertainty created by the pandemic. The selection of a permanent president is an important decision for our campus and our system, and we need to make sure that the final decision is one that makes the most sense for our university.
The Council feels confident that this intentional pacing of our search is not only necessary to ensure we can attract candidates, but it will also allow our current Interim President Ken Long to continue in his role and help steer ESU in the right direction in preparation for an incoming president. We are most fortunate to be able to make this decision given the continued confidence we have in the leadership and stability that Ken brings to his role.
Our decision to discontinue the search at this time was shared with Chancellor Greenstein, who supports the action and has committed to work with us regarding a new start date at an appropriate time in the future. We know that some will be disappointed with this delay, but please realize that it is with the upmost confidence, collegiality, and support that the Committee and Council came to this decision to ensure that choosing our next president is done the right way—understanding that our next president will be part of our Warrior Community for years to come. We know that it is the right decision to make at this time. As we said from day one, “fit matters” and the ideal candidate has to be there for us as we have to be there for them.
I would like to thank the Committee members, especially search chair Tina Nixon ’89, who have been outstanding with their unparalleled commitment and participation and who have worked tirelessly to embrace their responsibility in this process. We look forward to the relaunch of the search in the future and will keep you informed in that regard.
Thank you all for your patience and understanding and your unwavering support for our campus and our students.
L. Patrick Ross '67
Council of Trustees