Presidential Search Update

Dear Saint Mary’s Community,

As a follow up to our October search update, we are pleased to let the Saint Mary’s community know that our search continues to move in a positive direction.

The Search Committee met most recently on November 12-14. First, we gathered on the 12th to prepare for the neutral site interviews on November 13 and 14 when the search committee met with semifinalist candidates. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the interviews were conducted via Zoom. To date, the committee together with the AGB Search consultants had conducted on-list references for the semifinalists. Information gleaned from these conversations with references was provided to the group. We would like to emphasize that the structure of candidate review and candidate meetings was formulated to minimize bias, treat all candidates with dignity and respect, and bring diversity of thought to the search.

Following completion of the preliminary interviews, the Search Committee selected a smaller group of finalists who will be asked to participate in more extensive interviews with a broad range of Saint Mary’s constituents. These interviews will occur in early to mid-December. As CDC, state, and county guidelines evolve, we will provide additional information about meeting the candidates. It is still our hope to have as many people meet the candidates in person as possible. However, given the current environment, this may have to be accomplished via Zoom. Regardless of whether the meetings are conducted in person or via Zoom, please know all participants will be invited to provide feedback via Survey Monkey.

AGB Search’s due diligence continues on the selected finalists in the form of formal background checks and off-list referencing.

We remain pleased with the progress of our search and the quality of the finalists. If you have any questions about the search, please direct them to our consultants: Shannon McCambridge (shannon.mccambridge@agbsearch.com) or Monica Burton (monica.burton@agbsearch.com). They will treat your communications as confidential.

Thank you for your continued interest and support of the Presidential Search. Have a Happy Thanksgiving holiday.

Sincerely,

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