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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About Norwich University
A Note from the Search Committee
Dear Norwich Community,
As the chair of the Presidential Search Committee, I wanted to update you on our progress with respect to our search schedule. Committee activities are well underway and our plan is to present at least two and not more than four highly qualified candidates to the Board of Trustees for interviews and final selection during the January 2020 trustee meeting in San Francisco.
The committee has received a significant number of highly qualified candidates. The 21-person search committee met on September 26th to review and discuss each candidate's cover letter and resume. Using the highly desirable attributes and experiences detailed in the position description, the committee has selected a number of candidates for an interview by the committee in the coming weeks. The committee is looking forward to meeting and interviewing each one as we move forward in our process. As chair, I am very pleased with the quality of the selected candidates.
Following the interviews, the committee will select no fewer than two and up to four final candidates. Each will be invited to campus in early to mid-November to meet the university community. During these university visits, faculty, staff, students and those interested will have an opportunity to meet the finalists and provide feedback on their candidacy.
I, together with the committee, feel it's a huge honor to have a role in the process of selecting our next university president. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call or email me.
Phil Soucy NU'73
Chairman, Presidential Search Committee
October 14, 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:
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
- Invest Strategically
Application and Nomination Process
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
- 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
- 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
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
- 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
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
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
Bob Young ’00
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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Search Committee members serve as ambassadors for the institution, particularly when engaging directly with candidates at various points in the search process.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.