Charge to the Committee
The Presidential Search Committee is charged to present to the Board of Trustees one or two candidates that the committee believes are highly qualified to lead Lafayette in the coming years. Under the Statutes of the College it is the board’s responsibility to select and appoint the president.
The search is to be conducted with careful attention to and significant input from the College’s many constituencies, (i.e., trustees, faculty, students, alumni, administrators, support and other staff). To that end the committee will give the various constituencies opportunities to share their views on the qualities to be sought in candidates, and to nominate specific individuals. A website dedicated to the search, available for public viewing, will be established and maintained.
The committee itself is broadly representative, but individual members are not charged with representing a particular constituency. Each committee member represents the College as a whole, and the charge to each member is to work collaboratively to identify an exceptional individual who will continue the College’s positive momentum on all fronts.
The committee, with the assistance of our experienced search consultants, Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, will identify a highly qualified and diverse candidate pool for the position of president. Additionally, the committee will solicit feedback on the potential challenges that will be faced and the numerous opportunities to be pursued by Lafayette’s next president. This process, together with input solicited from the various constituencies, will inform the creation of a position description document which will be used in the search. The committee will advertise the position nationally and will invite and encourage the nomination of all qualified individuals from both traditional and nontraditional backgrounds.
Once a candidate pool is established, the committee, through a rigorous process of screening, interviewing, and vetting, will narrow the pool to identify and recommend to the Board of Trustees the final candidates for the position. Because the authority and responsibility for appointing the president resides with the board, ultimately the board will decide whether to accept the recommendations of the committee. The committee will keep the board informed of the status of its work and shall accept advice and direction from the board as appropriate.
It is the aim of the committee to conduct the search using a thoroughly transparent process, but with the understanding that the identities of those applying for the position must be kept completely confidential. Accordingly, both throughout the process and after its completion, the search committee and its staff will commit to complete confidentiality as to the names of the candidates, the nature of the committee’s deliberations, and the details pertaining to selection. Subject to this constraint, I as board chair and Alan Griffith as chair of the search committee will make periodic reports to the board and members of the Lafayette community.
Edward W. Ahart, Chair
Lafayette College Board of Trustees