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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
    • 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

“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.”

First Published — 1843 Catalog

Internationalized Education

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.

Our U.S. students take advantage of CityLAB:Berlin, an instructional location in Germany, as well as a host of partner programs for education abroad and international service learning on all six continents. For the full breadth of our international offerings, please contact the NU International Center

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 27,000-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 love to come back, give back, and pay it forward.

  • “No one cared about my gender or physiological capabilities,” Bernheim said, reflecting on Army Ranger School. “They cared that I did the work.” Read More
    Rebekah “Rose” Bernheim ’14 10th Woman in U.S. History to Graduate Army Ranger School
  • “When it came time to expand Studio 355, I made a conscious effort to hire Norwich graduates because I know what they were taught...” Read More
    Joe Fisher 10 & M’11 Founder, Studio 355 Architecture
  • “I love that a small chunk of the research I’m doing will go toward the reduction of nutrients in the ocean and cleaning the water.” Read More
    Elizabeth Ells ’18 Graduate Student in Oceanography, UMass-Dartmouth
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Accreditation and Recognition

Regional Accreditation Norwich University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), known formerly as the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (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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