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.
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