Update on the Presidential Search Process and Link to Survey


Dear University Community

I am very pleased to announce the composition of the full Presidential Search Committee now that all of the constituent groups have chosen their representatives. The membership of the full committee is:

Board of Trustees Representatives
Rev. Philip G. Judge, S.J., Chair
Lawrence R. Lynch, C.P.A. ’81
Jacquelyn Dionne, R.N. ’89
Christopher J. Kane ’86
Herbert B. Keller, S.J., H’06
James M. Slattery, C.P.A. ’86

Faculty Representatives
Terrence E. Sweeney, Ph.D., Chair & Professor of Biology/College of Arts & Sciences
Lee Ann M. Eschbach, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Counseling & Human Services/Panuska College of Professional Studies
Iordanis Petsas, Ph.D., Chair and Associate Professor of Economics & Finance/Kania School of Management
Stacey A. Muir, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Mathematics, Faculty-At-large

Staff Representatives
Gerianne Barber, NCC, LPC, ’84, Director of Counseling Training Center
Catherine A. Seymour, ’90, Campus Minister

Student Representatives
David Bigley, Jr. ’17
Bridget Fasciani ’18

Alumni Representative
Col. Richard H. Breen, Jr., USA, Ret. ’77

Administrative Representative
Edward J. Steinmetz, Jr., C.P.A. ’81, Senior Vice President for Finance & Administration

The entire committee held its first meeting together last Friday, 21 October, on campus. It was a great opportunity for the group to get to know each other a bit, and the positive energy in the room was terrific. We are all ready to roll up our sleeves and do the best work we can to identify both the strengths and leadership needs of the University and to recruit and interview candidates in the weeks and months ahead. At this meeting we had time to review the Committee’s Charter from the Board of Trustees and the practical details of a confidential search. Anne Coyle, Search Consultant, offered a very informative report of the on-campus forums with varied groups held during her recent visit. We also made good progress on identifying important qualities the next University president should have.

The link below will take you to an on-line survey to help us further refine the essential leadership qualities we should seek and the University’s opportunities moving forward.


As is fitting for our Catholic and Jesuit university, we began our meeting with St. Ignatius’ Prayer for Generosity. In that same spirit, I want to thank you for your generosity in all you do for the University and for your help and support in this Presidential search process. You can expect to receive updates from me every few weeks or more often if news warrants.

Philip Judge, S.J.
Chair, President Search Committee