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Norwich University's Next President

Norwich University, the oldest Senior Military College (SMC) in the country and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC), invites inquiries, nominations and applications for the position of President. The University offers a unique learning environment that combines the resolve of a military education with a challenging liberal arts and professional education. With its distinctive history and mission, Norwich is committed to preparing both civilian students and those in the Corps of Cadets become critical thinkers as well as capable doers so that, upon graduation, they will be ready to make tangible contributions to their workplaces and to the world at large.

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A Note from the Search Committee

As chair of the Presidential Search Committee, I wanted to update you on our most recent activities and the status of the presidential search. First, let me say that we're making great progress and that we are where we hope to be in the search. The search committee, which is made up of 21 members of our Norwich community, including trustees, faculty, staff, alumni, students and a member of the local Northfield community, is fully engaged and we have been working closely with our search firm, Academic Search. The committee's charge is to provide the Board of Trustees with at least two, and no more than four, highly qualified candidates for the January 2020 Board of Trustees meeting. During this January trustee meeting, the full board will meet, interview and spend time with each finalist candidate. Following these interview sessions, the board will select our next president.

Since our first on campus meeting in May, the committee has met via telephone to become familiar with the search firm's secure web portal, where all candidate application materials are being uploaded. During these sessions, we've had the opportunity to review selected applicant materials, ask questions and discuss how to most effectively evaluate candidates. We've stayed closely focused on the position description developed earlier by the committee and approved by the Board of Trustees. These exercises have been very useful and have prepared us to complete a thorough review of our applicants.

We're making every effort to make qualified leaders aware of the outstanding opportunity to become our next president and to encourage their application. I want to thank you for your support in this recruitment phase; we have received over 80 nominations from the university community and we are working to contact each one to gauge potential interest. This large number of nominations far exceeds those seen by other university presidential searches and is a vivid example of your deep commitment to Norwich. Thank you! Please continue to forward any nominations via our website (see below, “Application and Nomination Process”).

To date, we have received a number of qualified applicants. As we get closer to the application cutoff date of September 12, we expect this number to grow. I am encouraged by what we've seen so far, and the committee is looking forward to our next meeting on September 26, where we will select the semifinalist candidates who will be invited for interviews in October. Following these interviews, the committee will select the finalist candidates, at least two and no more than four, who will be invited for a campus visit in November and will meet with the Board of Trustees in January.

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Phil Soucy ’73
August 23, 2019


Mission and Values

The mission of Norwich University is:

To give our youth an education that shall be American in character — to enable them to act as well as to think — to execute as well as to conceive — “to tolerate all opinions when reason is left free to combat them” — to make moral, patriotic, efficient, and useful citizens, and to qualify them for all those high responsibilities resting upon a citizen of this free republic.

In pursuit of this mission, Norwich is guided by a series of values that give all students, faculty, and staff a common denominator, an agreed-upon set of expectations; these values help to form a strong and enduring bond among students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

A full description of NU's Mission and Guiding Values are available on these pages:

Mission

Guiding Values


About the University

Nestled in the Green Mountains of central Vermont, Norwich University is located less than 30 minutes from the state capital of Montpelier and a few hours drive from Boston, New York and Montreal. Rural but not remote, the Northfield campus is small and community oriented, and is home to students from 40 states and 29 countries. The natural environs of the campus offer a wide range of outdoor activities throughout the year.

Founded in 1819 by Capt. Alden Partridge, Norwich is deeply steeped in traditions of service to country and to others before self and of valuing innovation and leading change to reflect the evolving needs of our society. The University’s objective is to encourage students to become stronger and more determined leaders. Norwich has a number of “firsts” to its credit including being the first private college to teach engineering—reflecting the University’s commitment to applied or “practical” learning. Also, in 1974, Norwich was one of the first military schools to admit women to the Corps of Cadets. There are only a few schools that have a legacy as long or as influential as Norwich’s.

Partridge’s founding vision for rigorous academics combined with the structured military lifestyle was the foundation for the creation of ROTC. As the birthplace of ROTC, Norwich houses all four branches of the US Department of Defense military services, Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force. Cadets seeking commissions in the United States Coast Guard can pursue a commission through a special program called the Direct Commission School (DCSS) or by attending Officer Candidate School after graduation.

During the 26+ year tenure of President Richard W. Schneider, RADM, USCGR (Ret.), Norwich University has seen major improvements on multiple fronts, including the near complete $100 million Forging the Future bicentennial campaign. Academically, four colleges now offer 39 undergraduate majors, six of which are degree completion programs offered online. Other accomplishments include: an increase in total undergraduate enrollment by over 25%, from 1730 to approximately 2400, and in the Corps of Cadets by 50% from 941 to over 1600; increased undergraduate student selectivity with an increase in average SAT scores and the percentage of applicants accepted decreasing from 93% to 68.7%; establishment of the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies, which currently has more than 1600 online students enrolled in 20 programs including master’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees and professional certificates, and the introduction of the Honors Program and the online Continuing Professional Education Program. Like other private higher education institutions in New England, Norwich faces challenges to affordability for students and to providing new opportunities for faculty and students in a tuition driven environment, but with full enrollment and a balanced budget, Norwich University is positioned to advance its distinctive mission as it strives to makes this exceptional educational experience affordable to students.


Norwich After Next Strategic Plan

Norwich University’s strategic plan, known as Norwich After Next (NUaN), was developed over the 2017-2018 academic year to guide the University in its third century of service to America. Designed to advance excellence in academics and student life and to improve the national brand and financial security for 2035, the plan has focused on the following institutional priorities to support and advance Norwich’s academic mission:

  • Innovative Teaching and Learning
  • Interdisciplinary Collaboration
  • Inspire Students
  • Inclusive Leadership
  • Information Technology
  • Internationalization
  • Invest Strategically

Application and Nomination Process

This search is being assisted by Academic Search, Inc. Position description and detailed process available here.

Nominate a Candidate

To contact Academic Search, Inc. please contact:

Andrea Warren Hamos, Ph.D
Vice President for Consulting Operations and Senior Consultant
Academic Search, Inc.
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Maya Kirkhope
Senior Consultant
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Norwich University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, taking positive action to insure that all applicants for employment are considered, and employees are treated in compliance with applicable laws and regulations governing non-discrimination on the basis of gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, national origin, color, religion, disability, sexual orientation, age, genetic information or veteran’s status. As an institution of higher education, Norwich is dedicated to learning, emphasizing teamwork, leadership, creativity, and critical thinking and encourages applications from qualified individuals who will help us achieve this guiding value.


Timeline

October 29, 2018

Call for trustee volunteers

November 2, 2018

  • Request to external constituents for nominations
  • Committee chair releases note to both internal and external community re: committee make up, timeline

November 30, 2018

Deadline for trustee volunteers and appointment of trustees to committee

December 15, 2018

Deadline for external constituent nomination

January 25, 2019

Announcement of committee membership

March 5-6, 2019

  • Academic Search Pre-search visit: Consultants meet with internal and select external constituent groups over a 1.5-day period
  • Meetings will be held on campus and include one-on-one, small group and large group meetings to elicit feedback on desired credentials skills and experiences sought in the next president
  • Feedback summarized by Consultants, and major themes will be shared with Search Committee and Board of Trustees

March 6-8, 2019

  • Confidential online surveys sent to internal constituencies who were not able to meet with Consultants while on campus
  • Campus survey released directly after Consultants’ Pre-search visit

March 4-14, 2019

  • Confidential online surveys sent to external constituent groups (alumni, selective donors, friends of the institution)
  • Survey feedback from internal and external constituents summarized and major themes will be shared with the Search Committee and the Board of Trustees

April 25, 2019

MORNING 8:30 – 11:30 am

  • Organizational meeting of the Search Committee Agenda will include:
    • Expectations and roles
    • Search charge and confidentiality
    • Search process and timeline
    • Advertising plan
    • Pre-search visit, survey feedback - major themes
    • Search profile (including leadership agenda)
    • Internal and external communication plan for presidential search

AFTERNOON

  • Consultants meet with the Board of Trustees
    • Among topics to be discussed are:
    • Themes from pre-search visit and survey feedback
    • Advertising plan
    • Recruitment strategy
    • Providing regular updates to the BOT
    • Other

Early to Mid-May 2019

  • Search Consultant and Committee finalize ad and profile
  • Advertising plan is approved

June – mid-August 2019

Recruiting and Evaluation
Academic Search advertises position in approved print and/or online media. Profile and ad sent to relevant sources and individuals. Academic Search establishes a password-protected website containing all application materials accessible only to the Search Committee members.

July 22, 2019

Search Committee meeting to review electronic access to applications and complete a credential review exercise. Committee review of application materials begins.

September 12, 2019

Deadline for full consideration of applications

September 20, 2019

Each Committee member submits to Academic Search a list of “top 10” (number approximate) candidates of interest. Lists will be unranked.

September 26, 2019

Consultants and Committee meet to select semifinalists for “neutral site interviews.”

October 21-22 (immediately following Oct. 17-19 board meeting)

  • Search Committee conducts interviews with Academic Search consultants’ support; finalists selected for campus visits
  • Interviews are held over two full days; interviews are held at an off-site location

Weeks of November 11 and November 18, 2019

  • Campus visits by finalists
  • Each candidate (with spouse) spends two days on campus

December 6, 2019

  • Search Committee meets to review and prepare draft report of assessment of finalists for the Board of Trustees
  • Search Consultants finalize report in consultation with the Search Chair

January 6, 2020

Search Committee Finalist Candidate Assessment Report submitted to the Board of Trustees for their review

January 22 – 26, 2020

  • Finalist candidates invited to meet with Board of Trustees in San Francisco
  • Trustee selection of next President of Norwich University (executive session)
  • Consultants discussion of onboarding and transition planning for new president (including the appointment of a Transition Committee)

January 27, 2020

  • Offer made to candidate of choice and contract negotiations ensue
  • Announcement made internally and externally to the Norwich community when contract is signed (press conference and press release)

June 1, 2020

Appointee assumes office

June 2020

  • Academic Search Retreat with Board of Trustees and new President
    • This is part of the onboarding/transition support offered for the new president
    • First portion of the retreat is for the BOT and new president with Academic Search Consultants; second portion of the retreat includes the President’s cabinet

Search Committee Meetings

  • April 25, 2019 - In conjunction with Board meeting - Campus
  • September 26, 2019 - Committee meeting - Campus
  • October 21-22, 2019 - Committee meeting – Boston/DC
  • December 6, 2019 - Final Committee meeting - Campus

Search Committee

The composition and selection of the Norwich University Presidential Search Committee initiated in October, 2018 through a self-nomination process of prospective candidates vetted by Norwich shared governance bodies representing Norwich current students, faculty, staff, trustees and volunteer board members and the greater public at large. Each governing body made final recommendations to the Chair of the Norwich University Board of Trustees charged with structuring the Presidential Search Committee.

The following individuals have been appointed to the Presidential Search Committee:

Larry Costa ’80
Trustee
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Maxine Grad
Trustee
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Bobbi Haney ’79
Trustee
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Larry Lang ’77
Trustee
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Bill Lasky ’69
Trustee
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Butch Neal
Trustee
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Miles Prentice
Trustee
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Phil Soucy ’73
Trustee
Committee Chair
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Landers Symes ’84
Trustee
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Mark Thompson ’79
Trustee
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Tom Leavitt
President/CEO, Northfield Savings Bank
Community representative
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Cadet Ethan Hagstrom ’20
Cadet representative
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Sarah Kazmierczak ’20
Civilian student representative
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Janet Mara ’05
Sr. Director of Administration, CGCS
Staff representative
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Tony Johnson ’94
Chair, CoLA visiting committee (Board of Fellows)
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COL Frank Leija, USA M’06
NUAA representative
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Lauren Wobby ’84
CFO
Cabinet representative
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Allison Crowson M’06
Academic Program Manager
CGCS representative
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Prof. Lea Williams – English
CoLA representative
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Prof. Robert Knapik – Physics
CoSM representative
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Prof. Michael Prairie ’83 – Engineering
CoPS representative
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Liaison:

David Whaley
Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations
Committee liaison
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Consultants:

Andrea Warren Hamos, Ph.D
Vice President for Consulting Operations and Senior Consultant
Academic Search, Inc.
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Maya Kirkhope
Senior Consultant
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Charge to the Search Committee

Norwich University’s Presidential Search Committee will undertake the important work that will lead to the appointment of the next President of Norwich University. Service on the Presidential Search Committee means being part of a select group of individuals who will work in close tandem with the Board of Trustees towards the successful appointment of the most important leadership position at the institution. By agreeing to serve on the Search Committee, you cannot become a candidate, even if you are nominated for the position.

The Search Committee chair is the official spokesperson for the Search Committee and the only individual authorized to speak publicly about this search, though always maintaining confidentiality with regard to the applicant pool and related matters.

The following charge outlines the Norwich University’s Board of Trustees’ expectations with respect to the search process and the authority granted to the search committee:

  1. The Search Committee will work with the Academic Search consultants to develop a statement of desired qualifications for the President. This document will guide the search and selection process and be shared with prospective candidate and nomination sources.
  2. The Search Committee will adopt a timetable for the search that will begin in March 2019 and lead to the appointment of a President by January 2020, or as soon thereafter as is feasible.
  3. Members of the Search Committee are expected to attend, participate and be prepared for the committee meetings and activities through the duration of the search. Members of the committee are expected to attend all committee meetings.
  4. The Search Committee will assist in conducting an active national search to attract highly qualified candidates. Members of the committee will also encourage the Norwich University community on and off campus to nominate qualified candidates for the next President and assure the development of a strong and diverse pool of candidates.
  5. Search Committee members serve as ambassadors for the institution, particularly when engaging directly with candidates at various points in the search process.
  6. The Search Committee will observe strict confidentiality in the conduct of the search and in perpetuity. Any member of the search committee who breaches confidentiality may be removed from the committee without replacement.
  7. The Search Committee Chair will make periodic reports to members of the Norwich University community and to the Chairman of the Board of Trustees about the progress of the search.
  8. The Committee will work with the search consultants to narrow the field of candidates for whom named references will be checked and off-campus interviews conducted. After such neutral site (semi-finalist) interviews, members of the Committee will select three to five finalist candidates for on-campus interviews.
  9. The Search Committee will prepare a report for the Board of Trustees that will provide a summary of the search process along with the strengths and areas of concern of each of the finalist candidates in an unranked format.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will there be regular updates on the search?

Yes; the Chair of the Search Committee will provide regular updates to the Norwich University community at critical points in the search. Please check this website periodically for updates.

How can I make a nomination?

There is a confidential online nomination form on this website. Please carefully review the presidential qualifications and experiences (specifically, the section titled “Expectations and Highly Valued Qualifications and Experience”) as laid out in the Presidential Search Profile 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.

What is the role of the Search Committee Chair?

The Chair is the official spokespersons for the Search Committee. The Chair will provide regular updates to the Norwich community and will address any questions or concerns from members of the community through the duration of the search process.

What information can Search Committee members share with me?

The Search Committee is restricted in the information that they are able to share with the Norwich community. The confidentiality statement, which all members have signed, requires that they not share any information discussed during search committee meetings and that they not share any information related to candidates, even after the search has closed.

Whom do I contact if I want to share specific information or if I have a question about the search?

As per the confidentiality statement and charge to the Search Committee, the Chair is the only individual authorized to speak on behalf of the Search Committee and the search process. Please contact the Chair or search consultants if you have information that will be helpful to them.

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 Presidential Search Profile. The Committee very carefully selects the strongest candidates, either internal or external, for further consideration based on the presidential search qualifications and experiences.

Why is confidentiality so important in a search process?

Many of our candidates will hold key positions at other institutions and organizations and will only submit an application if confidentiality is guaranteed. Members of the Search Committee have signed an agreement that secures confidentiality for all discussions and deliberations related to the presidential search. For your information, a copy of the confidentiality statement guiding the work of the Presidential Search Committee is available on the Presidential Search website.

How will members of the Norwich University community participate in the search process?

Many members of the Norwich University community participated in the various one-one, small group and large group meetings that the consultants held on campus in early March. The consultants also gathered valuable information from the surveys that were distributed to internal and external constituent groups on the skills, qualifications and attributes sought in the next president. All of the information gathered will be particularly valuable to the search consultants during the recruiting phase of the search process.

When finalist candidates are selected, members of the Norwich 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 meet with the finalist candidates. Feedback from the Norwich community will be shared with the Search Committee as they deliberate on the strengths of and any concerns about each of the finalist candidates.

When will our next president take office?

The next president is expected to take office on June 1, 2020. The new president may be visible and meet with individuals in late Spring, but the official start date is June 1, 2020.

“To give our youth an education that shall be American in its character – to enable them to act as well as to think – to execute as well as to conceive – to tolerate all opinions when reason is left free to combat them – to make moral, patriotic, efficient, and useful citizens, and to qualify them for all those high responsibilities resting upon a citizen in this free republic.”

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Norwich University values and actively supports opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to be globally engaged.

We host a diverse student body of international students who come to Norwich to pursue their academic goals.

We support our faculty by empowering them to travel, teach, and engage in research overseas to build intercultural proficiency and incorporate international perspectives into their teaching.

Success After Norwich

Norwich students turn their passions and experiences into real-world opportunities, internships, and careers, thanks to one-on-one career advising, academic mentoring, and a network of thousands of alumni and parents ready to offer advice and networking.

Norwich’s 24,000-plus alumni span the globe, living and leading as entrepreneurs, advancing science and technology, improving communities, and serving our nation’s military. Their affinity for Norwich extends to every student and graduate, and they’ll do all that they can to help.

  • “3M scientists and engineers have applied science to life, developing products that solve problems in new and imaginative ways.”
    Innovator Alex Mathies ’99 3M Quality Engineer/Analytical Chemist
  • “Norwich taught me the skills I needed to better myself, become a leader and pursue my dreams of becoming a physical education teacher and coach.”
    Educator Kacey Abbriano ’12 K8 Physical Education Teacher
  • “Expect challenge, achieve distinction has been a driving force in my academic and military endeavors. The Corps taught me to never stand still and my drive to excel and make a difference is what fuels my everyday life.”
    Navy Researcher Joseph Landry ’08 Naval Undersea Medical Institute Radiation Health Officer
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Accreditation and Recognition

Norwich University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education—formally known as New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
Regional Accreditation Norwich University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education—formally known as New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
National Recognition The National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security have designated Norwich University as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense.
State Authorization Norwich University has been approved by the Vermont Agency of Education to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). Participation in NC-SARA provides Norwich University with reciprocity to offer online/distance learning programs to residents of the other NC-SARA states.
Professional Accreditation Norwich University's Project Management concentration in both the MBA and Master of Science in Information Security and Assurance programs is accredited by the PMI Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC).
Program Accreditation Norwich University's master's program in nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Program Accreditation Norwich University's Civil Engineering & Environmental Science, Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.
Program Accreditation Norwich University's Architecture program is accredited by the National Architecture Accreditation Board.
Program Accreditation Norwich University is a member of the Associate of Collegiate Schools of Architecture
Program Accreditation Norwich University is a member of the Architectural Research Centers Consortium.
Program Accreditation Norwich University's MBA program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.
Athletic Program Norwich University's Athletic Training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
Education Programs Norwich University's education preparation programs are accredited by Vermont’s Agency of Education’s Result’s Oriented Program Approval (ROPA)
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