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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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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.
Phil Soucy ’73
August 23, 2019
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:
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 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:
This search is being assisted by Academic Search, Inc. Position description and detailed process available here.
To contact Academic Search, Inc. please contact:
Andrea Warren Hamos, Ph.D
Vice President for Consulting Operations and Senior Consultant
Academic Search, Inc.
Academic Search, Inc.
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.
October 29, 2018
Call for trustee volunteers
November 2, 2018
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
March 6-8, 2019
March 4-14, 2019
April 25, 2019
MORNING 8:30 – 11:30 am
Early to Mid-May 2019
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)
Weeks of November 11 and November 18, 2019
December 6, 2019
January 6, 2020
Search Committee Finalist Candidate Assessment Report submitted to the Board of Trustees for their review
January 22 – 26, 2020
January 27, 2020
June 1, 2020
Appointee assumes office
Search Committee Meetings
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
Bobbi Haney ’79
Larry Lang ’77
Bill Lasky ’69
Phil Soucy ’73
Landers Symes ’84
Mark Thompson ’79
President/CEO, Northfield Savings Bank
Cadet Ethan Hagstrom ’20
Sarah Kazmierczak ’20
Civilian student representative
Janet Mara ’05
Sr. Director of Administration, CGCS
Tony Johnson ’94
Chair, CoLA visiting committee (Board of Fellows)
COL Frank Leija, USA M’06
Lauren Wobby ’84
Allison Crowson M’06
Academic Program Manager
Prof. Lea Williams – English
Prof. Robert Knapik – Physics
Prof. Michael Prairie ’83 – Engineering
Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations
Andrea Warren Hamos, Ph.D
Vice President for Consulting Operations and Senior Consultant
Academic Search, Inc.
Academic Search, Inc.
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:
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.