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.