Presidential Search Update

Dear Saint Mary’s Community,

We write to report that the Presidential Search is progressing on schedule.

The Search Committee met most recently on October 19. At that meeting, the Committee identified a select group of candidates whose background and experience ­seem especially consistent with the leadership priorities and qualifications established for the search and set forth in the Presidential Search Profile. The semi-final candidates have been invited to meet with the Search Committee for preliminary interviews in mid-November. Due to Covid-19 concerns, the interviews will be conducted via Zoom. References on the advancing candidates are also in the process of being contacted. Please be assured that the structure of candidate review and candidate meetings has been formulated to minimize bias, treat all candidates with dignity and respect, and bring diversity of thought to this process.

Following completion of the preliminary interviews, the Search Committee will select finalists who will be asked to participate in more extensive on-campus interviews with a broad range of Saint Mary’s constituents. These interviews will occur in mid-December. As CDC guidelines regarding gathering restrictions become available for December, we will provide additional information about meeting the candidates. It is our hope to have as many people meet the candidates as possible. However, given the current environment, this may have to be accomplished via Zoom.

We remain very pleased with the progress of our search and the quality of our candidates. If you have any questions about the search, please direct them to our consultants, Shannon McCambridge ( or Monica Burton ( They will treat your communications as confidential.

We will correspond again as soon as possible following the conclusion of our interviews with the semi-finalist candidates in mid-November. Thank you for your continued interest and support of the Presidential Search.


Board Chair Kevin Nagle and Trustee Kim Vogel
Co-Chairs of the Presidential Search Committee