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Frequently Asked Questions


Why is confidentiality so important in a search process?
Many of our candidates hold key positions at other institutions and will only submit an application if confidentiality is guaranteed. Members of the search committee have signed an agreement securing confidentiality for all discussions and deliberations related to the presidential search or candidates, even after the search has closed. For your information, a copy of the confidentiality document signed by search committee member is on the Presidential Search website.

What is the role of the Search Chair?
The search chair is the spokesperson for the search committee. The chair will provide regular updates to the Mount community and will address any questions or concerns from members of the community through the duration of the search process.

Who do I contact if I want to share specific information or if I have a question about the search?
As per the confidentiality agreement and charge to the search committee, the search chair is the only individual authorized to speak on behalf of the search committee and the search process. Please email committee support member Pauline Engelstätter to connect with the search chair. Please contact the search consultants if you have information that will be helpful to them.

Academic Search Consultants:
Dr. Jacqueline Doud 310-597-9042 (Pacific Time)
Ms. Maya Kirkhope 703-380-9195

Will there be regular updates on the search?
Yes. The search chair will provide regular updates to the Mount community at critical points in the search. Please check this website periodically for updates.

How can I make a nomination?
There is an online and confidential nomination form on this website. We ask that you carefully review the presidential qualifications and experiences as laid out in the search prospectus before submitting a nomination. Your nomination will go directly to the search consultants and they will reach out to the nominee. The search consultants will not provide your name to the nominee, but you are free to do so.

Are internal candidates treated any differently than external candidates?
Internal candidates are vetted in the same way as external candidates. All candidates are assessed based on the criteria laid out in the search prospectus. The committee very carefully selects the strongest candidates for further consideration based on presidential search qualifications and experiences.

How will members of the Mount community participate in the search process?
Many members of the Mount community participated in the pre-search visit the consultants held in September 2013. The search consultants were able to gather valuable information and insights about the institution and the presidency from their visit to campus. This information will be particularly valuable to the search consultants during the recruiting phase of the search process.

When finalist candidates are selected, the Mount community will be strongly encouraged to meet with each of the finalist candidates. In addition to a campus wide forum, finalist candidates will meet with all key constituent groups. There will be multiple opportunities to meet with the candidates. An online feedback form will be distributed to all individuals who have met with the finalist candidates to ensure that we gather feedback on the finalist candidates. Feedback from the Mount community will be shared with the search committee as they deliberate on the strengths and concerns of each of the finalist candidates.

Will I have an opportunity to share my opinion of the finalists with the Search Committee?
Yes, in addition to sharing your feedback on finalists through the online feedback form, you can also share your thoughts with the Chair of the Search Committee.

When will our next president take office?
The next president is expected to take office by July 1, 2015. The new president may be visible and meet with individuals on campus earlier in the summer, but the official start date will likely be at the beginning of July.

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