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SCSU Presidential Search

The Board of Regents for Higher Education has commenced the search process for the president of Southern Connecticut State University. The university is one of four state universities in the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities.

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In accordance with the Board's University and Presidential Search Policy (pdf), the Board of Regents for Higher Education, through the establishment of a Regents Search Committee, has opened the search for the president of Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU). SCSU is one of four universities, 12 community colleges, and Charter Oak State College comprising the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system.
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The Board of Regents (BOR)

The 21-member Board of Regents (15 voting members) sets statewide tuition and student fee policies; establishes financial aid policies; reviews, licenses, and accredits academic programs; and, in collaboration with institutional stakeholders, conducts searches for and selects presidents.
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The Board of Regents for Higher Education of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) announces the search for the President of Southern Connecticut State University and invites expressions of interest, nominations, and applications.

Southern’s new president will lead a dynamic, diverse community of creative faculty, dedicated staff, inquisitive students, and passionate alumni committed to the University’s mission of “academic excellence, access, social justice, and service for the public good.” The new president will have the opportunity to build on a decade of growth that has focused on student success. Southern has increased the breadth and depth of its curricular offerings and created several cutting-edge academic centers; developed a strong student affairs/academic affairs partnership; expanded and enhanced its campus facilities; hired many accomplished faculty and staff, and an experienced senior leadership team; recently completed a strategic plan and updated its campus master plan; and increased its presence in the New Haven area. The University is, therefore, well positioned to continue its growth under new presidential leadership.

Founded in 1893 as New Haven State Normal School, Southern has evolved to become a modern comprehensive university with both undergraduate and graduate programs and a vigorous liberal arts core. It is one of four comprehensive universities of the 17-member Connecticut State Colleges and Universities.

Southern’s five schools – the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the School of Education, the School of Health and Human Services, and the School of Graduate Studies – offer more than 100 degree programs. Bachelor’s and master’s degrees are awarded, as well as sixth-year professional diplomas and doctoral degrees in educational leadership and nursing. Complementing the schools are a recently-expanded library, a state-of-the-art science building, and several nationally- recognized academic centers. In addition to traditional in-class pedagogy, Southern offers a broad array of online courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Southern’s 10,500 diverse students are taught and mentored by 437 talented full-time faculty members, 84 percent of whom hold the doctorate or appropriate terminal degree in their fields, and are additionally supported by a devoted full-time staff of 531 and a part-time staff of 225, all of whom are true partners in the educational enterprise. A strong cadre of part-time faculty members, many of whom are practitioners in their fields, adds a breadth of experience to the classroom.

The president serves as the institution’s chief executive officer, is accountable to the President of the CSCU for the management of the University within Board policy, and works collaboratively with presidential colleagues of the three other universities, the twelve community colleges, and Charter Oak State College. The president works in concert with other senior leaders on campus to develop campus policy in support of system objectives, directs the activities of University administrative staff, provides stewardship over University resources, enhances Southern’s instructional programs, facilitates research and other creative activity, fosters University relations with alumni and the public, and serves as the face of the institution to internal and external constituencies.

Southern’s next president will be a strong leader who connects well with all of its constituencies, who is naturally collaborative, and who easily establishes relationships and builds bridges. The new president will have extensive experience in the academic enterprise and the ability to support Southern’s distinctive culture and appreciate the many initiatives that have grown up organically from the work of its faculty and staff. The president will demonstrate a deep personal commitment to diversity, inclusion, and service to the community.

The ideal candidate will have a strong commitment to Southern’s mission and an understanding of the students it serves, an appreciation of liberal arts education within the academy, a history of success in external relations, a broad understanding of higher education, a record of success as a leader and senior administrator in higher education, skills in financial management and planning, experience in a collective bargaining environment, a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion, and experience in a public university system with a strong commitment to shared governance.

For further information about this opportunity and instructions to applicants, please visit www.agbsearch.com/searches/president-southern-connecticut-state-university

For fullest consideration, applications should be received by May 2, 2016. Nominations and inquiries are welcomed and should be directed to:

Robert Holyer, PhD
Senior Consultant
AGB Search
rkh@agbsearch.com
804-359-9370
804-402-6736 (c)

All inquiries, nominations, and applications will be held in the strictest confidence.

The Board of Regents for Higher Education is committed to a policy of equal opportunity/affirmative action for all qualified persons. The Board does not discriminate in any employment practice, education program, or educational activity on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender identity or expression, disability (including, but not limited to, intellectual disability, past or present history of mental disability, physical disability, or learning disability), genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by Connecticut state and/or federal nondiscrimination laws. The Board does not unlawfully discriminate in employment and licensing against qualified persons with a prior criminal conviction.

Inquiries regarding the Board’s nondiscrimination policies should be directed to Leah Glende, Manager of Diversity and Inclusion, State of Connecticut, Board of Regents for Higher Education, 61 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT 06105, (860) 723-0727 or lglende@mcc.commnet.edu

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Committees

Regents' Search Committee

The Regents' Search Committee establishes criteria and processes for the selection of the President, conducts such other due diligence review as the committee deems appropriate, considers the recommendations of the President of the BOR and of the University/College Advisory Committee and makes a recommendation to the Board of Regents for the appointment of campus president.
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Lawrence DeNardis, Chair View Bio
Naomi K. Cohen, Vice Chair View Bio
Matt Fleury View Bio
Elease Wright View Bio
Gordon Plouffe View Bio

University Advisory Committee

The University Advisory Committee assists the search process by providing input into the criteria for the selection of a new president, reviews the resumes of applicants and recommends possible candidates to the Regents' Search Committee for consideration, participates in the interview process for the semi-finalists and finalists, and makes recommendations to the Regents' Search Committee for nominees to be considered for appointment.
  • *Robert DeMezzo, Director, Residence Life – SUOAF representative
  • *Cynthia Stretch, Professor, English Department – AAUP representative
  • Jaye Bailey, Chief of Staff, Office of the President – management representative
  • William Faraclas, Professor, Public Health – Faculty Senate representative
  • David R. McHale, Chair, SCSU Foundation – Foundation representative
  • Kalie N. Menders, student, SGA President – SGA representative
  • Robert D. Parker, Alumni Association President – Alumni Association representative
  • Paula S. Rice, Director of Diversity & Equity Programs – SCSU Office of Diversity & Equity representative
  • Anna Rivera-Alfaro, Assistant Director of Transfer Advising - Administrative Senate representative
  • Michael Shea, Department Chair, English Department – Faculty Advisory Committee representative
  • Eric Simms, Associate Director, Adanti Student Center – Administrative Senate representative
  • Kathleen Skoczen, Department Chair, Anthropology – Faculty Senate representative
  • Adam Zhitomi, Student Advisory Committee representative
*UAC co-chairs

Timeline

February 2016

  • CSCU President announces initiation of Search for SCSU President
  • AGB Search engaged

March 2016

  • AGB Search consultant on campus to conduct listening sessions with faculty, students, staff, Foundation Board representatives, and university president
  • Regents Search Committee (RSC) is established
  • University Advisory Committee (UAC) is established
  • First meetings of Regents Search Committee and College Advisory Committee
  • Development of SCSU profile and position advertisement
  • Search is launched with electronic posting of position advertisement
  • Search consultant begins recruiting candidates and receiving inquiries, applications and nominations

April/May 2016

  • Search consultant continues recruiting candidates and receiving inquiries, applications and nominations
  • May 2 - Date for application materials to be submitted in order for candidates to receive optimal consideration
  • Semi-finalists selected

June 2016

  • Finalists selected
  • June 20, 21 and 22 – anticipated on-campus meetings with finalists
  • UAC, via co-chairs, provides unranked input to RSC re finalists
  • RSC develops recommendation for consideration by full Board

July 2016

  • Board of Regents for Higher Education names new president of SCSU

News

In accordance with the Board's University/College Presidential Search Policy (pdf) the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education, through the establishment of a Regents Search Committee, has opened the search for the president of Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU). SCSU is one of four universities, 12 community colleges, and Charter Oak State College comprising the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system.

March 14, 2016

CSCU system President Mark Ojakian announced this date that the Regents Search Committee (RSC) and the University Advisory Committee (UAC) recently held their first meetings in connection with the presidential search for Southern Connecticut State University. Members of both committees are listed below.

Each committee met with AGB Search Senior Consultant Dr. Robert Holyer to provide input regarding the challenges and opportunities that the next president of SCSU will face, along with the desired qualities and characteristics of candidates for the position. Dr. Holyer also held open forums at SCSU with faculty, staff and university constituencies, including Foundation Board and Alumni Association representatives, to broaden the scope of the outreach to the SCSU community.

In the first meeting of the UAC, President Ojakian, along with RSC Chair Lawrence DeNardis and RSC Vice Chair Naomi Cohen, reviewed the process and timeline for the national search indicating that the first goal, following development of the university profile and position advertisement, will be to identify 6-8 semi-finalists to be invited for neutral-site interviews with representatives of the RSC and UAC in May. After considering the input of the UAC, the RSC will then narrow down the semi-finalists to 3 finalists for on-campus interviews. The dates set aside for the campus visits are: June 20, 21, and 22. At the conclusion of these interviews and visits, and taking into consideration the unranked input from the University Advisory Committee concerning the finalists, the Regents Search Committee anticipates bringing a recommendation for the appointment of Southern’s next president to the Board of Regents in July 2016.

Dr. Holyer advised both committees of the critical necessity to observe complete confidentiality related to the search, with only the Chair of the Regents Search Committee and the President of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) system authorized to make public statements pertaining to the search.

REGENTS SEARCH COMMITTEE (members appointed by BOR Chair)

  • RSC Chair, Lawrence DeNardis
  • RSC Vice Chair, Naomi K. Cohen
  • Matt Fleury
  • Elease Wright
  • Gordon Plouffe

UNIVERSITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE (members designated or elected by constituent groups)

  • *Robert DeMezzo, Director, Residence Life – SUOAF representative
  • *Cynthia Stretch, Professor, English Department – AAUP representative
  • Jaye Bailey, Chief of Staff, Office of the President – management representative
  • William Faraclas, Professor, Public Health – Faculty Senate representative
  • David R. McHale, Chair, SCSU Foundation – Foundation representative
  • Kalie N. Menders, student, SGA President – SGA representative
  • Robert D. Parker, Alumni Association President – Alumni Association representative
  • Paula S. Rice, Director of Diversity & Equity Programs – SCSU Office of Diversity & Equity representative
  • Anna Rivera-Alfaro, Assistant Director of Transfer Advising - Administrative Senate representative
  • Michael Shea, Department Chair, English Department – Faculty Advisory Committee representative
  • Eric Simms, Associate Director, Adanti Student Center – Administrative Senate representative
  • Kathleen Skoczen, Department Chair, Anthropology – Faculty Senate representative
  • Adam Zhitomi, Student Advisory Committee representative
*UAC co-chairs