WCSU Presidential Search

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

Finalists

UPDATE: Dr. John B. Clark Appointed President of WCSU

A nationwide, months-long search for a new president of Western Connecticut State University, one of the 17 institutions of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU), has been narrowed to three finalists.

Finalists

Dr. John B. Clark

Dr. John B. Clark Acting University Executive Director, Office of Business and Industry Relations, The City University of New York. Former interim Chancellor, State University of New York as well as interim President of four SUNY campuses (Alfred, Brockport, Optometry and Plattsburgh)
Resume (pdf)

Dr. Margaret E. Madden

Dr. Margaret E. Madden Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs and tenured Professor of Psychology, State University of New York at Potsdam
Resume (pdf)

Dr. Philip Mauceri

Dr. Philip Mauceri Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, State University of New York at New Paltz
Resume (pdf)

All three candidates will be visiting the campuses of Western Connecticut State University next week. Dr. Madden will visit on Monday, April 27; Dr. Clark will visit Tuesday, April 28; and Dr. Mauceri will visit Wednesday, April 29. During their visits to Danbury, the candidates will participate in various meetings and events with faculty, students, staff, and community stakeholders.

"Among all the candidates responding, we were able to select as our finalists the three that we believe are eminently capable of moving WCSU forward with their leadership, energy and vision."

"The Western Connecticut State University search produced a broad array of excellent candidates, each of whom would bring exceptional experience and skills to the University," said Regent Merle Harris, the Search Committee Chair. "Among all the candidates responding, we were able to select as our finalists the three that we believe are eminently capable of moving WCSU forward with their leadership, energy and vision."

The presidential search commenced in December 2014, following President James Schmotter’s announcement of his retirement effective July 1. The presidential search was conducted by the Regents Search Committee, with the invaluable assistance of the University Advisory Committee.

Following the finalists’ visits next week, the University Advisory Committee will provide their unranked feedback to the Regents Search Committee. The Regents Search Committee, comprised of six members of the Board of Regents for Higher Education, will then make their final selection, subject to ratification by the full Board of Regents at the May 21 board meeting.

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 President and of the University/College Advisory Committee and makes a recommendation to the Board of Regents for the appointment of campus president.
Name Bio
Merle Harris, Chair View Bio
Elease Wright, Vice Chair View Bio
Matt Fleury View Bio
Lawrence DeNardis View Bio
JoAnn Price View Bio
Sarah Greco 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.
Name Title Group Location/Dept
Mr. Ronald Pugliese, Co-Chair Chairman g - Foundation Foundation Board
Dr. George Kain, Co-Chair Professor d - AAUP WCSU Chapter Justice & Law
Dr. Keith Betts Vice President b - prof emp/mgmt. Student Affairs
Mr. John Board SAC representative e - Student Advisory Student Advisory Committee
Mr. Joseph L. Giaquinto, Jr., JD President f - Alumni Alumni Association
Dr. Daniel Goble Dean b - prof emp/mgmt. School of Visual & Performing Arts
Ms. Maribeth Griffin Director d - SUOAF WCSU Chapter Residence Life
Prof. Frank Herbert Professor a - Faculty Senate Theatre Arts
Dr. Katie O'Callaghan Professor & Chair a - Faculty Senate Education & Educational Psychology
Ms. Emma Olownia President h - SGA Student Government Association
Dr. Patricia O'Neill Associate Professor e - Faculty Advisory Psychology
Ms. Keisha Stokes Admin. Assistant c - supp staff/ clsfd union rep Diversity & Equity
Group #
a - Faculty Senate 2
b - Professional Employees/Mgmt. Designee 2
c - Support Staff / Classified Union Rep Designee 1
d - AAUP WCSU Chapter - 1, SUOAF WCSU Chapter - 1 2
e - Student Advisory Committee Designee - 1, Faculty Advisory Committee Designee - 1 2
f - Alumni Designee 1
g - WCSU Foundation Board Designee 1
h - WCSU SGA 1
TOTAL 12

Timeline

December 2014

  • BOR President announces initiation of Search for WCSU President
  • AGB Search engaged

January / February 2015

  • AGB Search consultants on campus to conduct listening sessions with faculty, students, staff, Foundation Board representatives, and university president
  • Regents Search Committee is established
  • University Advisory Committee is appointed
  • First meetings of Regents Search Committee and University Advisory Committee
  • Development of position profile and position advertisement
  • Electronic posting of position advertisement

March 2015

  • March 19 - Date for application materials to be submitted in order for candidates to receive optimal consideration

April 2015

  • Semi-finalists selected and interviewed
  • April 27, 28 and 29 - anticipated on-campus interviews of finalists

May 2015

  • University Advisory Committee provides input to Regents Search Committee re finalists
  • Regents Search Committee develops recommendation for consideration by full Board
  • May 21 Board of Regents for Higher Education names new president of Western Connecticut

Overview

UPDATE: Dr. John B. Clark Appointed President of WCSU

Position

The Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education has opened the search for the president of Western Connecticut State University. The university 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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About WCSU

Western Connecticut State University (WCSU) was founded in 1903 as Danbury Normal School. Today, it offers undergraduate and graduate degrees on two campuses in Danbury featuring a vibrant student life and community events.
WCSU Profile


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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Position

The Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education has opened the search for the president of Western Connecticut State University. The university is one of four universities, 12 community colleges, and Charter Oak State College comprising the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system. The successful candidate will succeed Dr. James W. Schmotter, who has served the university with distinction since 2004. The president of Western Connecticut State University reports to the President of the Board of Regents.

Western Connecticut State University has two campuses in Danbury: the original 34-acre Midtown main campus and the 364-acre Westside site. Founded in 1913, Western Connecticut's student population includes 5,900 undergraduates in the Ancell School of Business, the Macricostas School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Professional Studies, and the School of Visual and Performing Arts. Over 500 students pursue master's and doctoral degree programs. They are guided by 216 full-time and 379 part-time faculty, 89 percent of whom hold terminal degrees.

The Board of Regents Search Committee and the University Advisory Committee seek an inspiring, goals-oriented leader to uphold the university's mission, abide by its principles, and advance its values. They desire a dynamic, politically astute, and forward-thinking president who will preserve the university's identity and integrity. He or she must bring a view that balances scholarship and a commitment to the arts and sciences with strong business skills, technology know-how, and political savvy. This individual should be a visible, congenial leader who will manage a transformational agenda in conjunction with Board of Regents' policies and invite participation by the entire campus community. The new president is expected to be a strong advocate, making all that is good about Western Connecticut State University even better.

Characteristics

The ideal candidate should have characteristics that address the following:
  • Desire to be part of a statewide team, working with the Board of Regents and President as both a system and university advocate;
  • Success in cultivating and supporting an environment conducive to change and continuous improvement;
  • Extensive senior level higher education management experience with knowledge of national higher education policies, practices, and trends;
  • Success in budgeting and financial management;
  • Proven ability in fundraising practice and outcomes;
  • A students-first, student affairs focus with particular attention to enrollment management, retention, support services, and athletics;
  • Respect for faculty/staff contributions, recognizing shared governance in a collective bargaining environment;
  • Commitment to institutionalizing diversity and a culture of inclusiveness;
  • Appreciation of the regional public university’s access and affordability mission;
  • Collaborative mind-set for interaction with all university stakeholders, i.e., state legislature, university foundation, businesses, public schools, and other institutions of higher education;
  • Demonstrated ability to make complex decisions and utilize keen problem-solving skills;
  • Excellent communication skills, written and spoken, with an ability to practice an open-door, open-mind style; and
  • An earned doctorate (or terminal degree) from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning.

Nominations and Applications

To assure best consideration, nominations and applications should be received by March 19, 2015. The application should include a letter of interest (not more than three pages) addressing the qualifications described; a current résumé (or curriculum vitae); and the names of five professional references with each person's position, office or home address, e-mail address, and telephone numbers. The application materials should be submitted as a single, combined document. All applications will remain confidential pending the selection of finalists. The new president will assume office on or about July 1, 2015.

The search is being assisted by James H. McCormick, Senior Consultant, AGB Search, jhm@agbsearch.com, 651-238-5188. Nominations and applications should be sent electronically (MS Word or PDF Format) to wcsupres@agbsearch.com. Additional position and university information may be found at www.wcsu.edu.

The Board of Regents for Higher Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of intellectual disability, learning disability or physical disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, transgender status, genetic information or criminal record. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Laurie Dunn, Interim Vice President for Human Resources, 61 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT 06105, 860-723-0253 or by email at DunnL@ct.edu.

About WCSU

Western Connecticut State University was founded in 1903 as Danbury Normal School. Today, it offers undergraduate and graduate degrees on two campuses in Danbury. The Midtown campus is home to the Macricostas School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Professional Studies, and most of the administrative offices. The Westside campus comprises the Ancell School of Business, the School of Visual and Performing Arts and the new Visual and Performing Arts Center, a student center, the university’s main athletic facilities, and the Westside Nature Preserve. Western also has a satellite program in Waterbury on the campus of Naugatuck Valley Community College, offering undergraduate degrees in business and nursing. Western Connecticut State University's current budget is $119 million.

Board of Regents

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. In addition to governance responsibilities, the board also holds broad responsibilities for development and coordination of statewide higher education policy, overseeing the four universities, 12 community colleges, and Charter Oak State College, which together enroll nearly 92,000 students. The Regents’ vision for Connecticut: A continually increasing share of Connecticut's population will have a high quality post-secondary education that enables them to achieve their life and career goals and makes Connecticut a place of engaged, globally competitive communities. The Board of Regents office is located in the state's capital city of Hartford.

Mission

Western serves the people of Connecticut by offering a strong liberal arts education and professional preparation at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Its intent is to prepare students for lives that are satisfying both personally and professionally and for productive participation and service in the global community. It also seeks to develop a strong and mutually beneficial partnership with the people and institutions of the state.

For the past decade, the university has reflected its core values as a commitment to quality and continuous improvement, to respect the dignity and rights of each member of the university community, to maintain and protect the integrity of teaching and learning, to empower all students to meet high academic standards, and to promote the value of a culturally rich and diverse learning environment.

A committee that has involved hundreds of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members is in the process of constructing a new mission statement to reflect current strengths and aspirations.

Facts and Figures

Student Headcounts, Fall 2014
Full-time 4,422
Part-time 1,530
Total 5,952
Full-time Undergraduate 4,365
Full-time Graduate 57
Undergraduate Enrollment by School
Ancell School of Business 1,441
Macricostas School of Arts and Sciences 2,306
School of Professional Studies 1,012
School of Visual and Performing Arts 447
Non-degree 236

Graduate Enrollment
Graduate Students; Master's and Doctoral Degree Programs Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2014 510
New Applications for Full-time Enrollment (including 1,294 transfers) 5,119
Accepted by the Admissions office (including 748 transfers) 2,939
Enrolled as New Full-Time Students (including 433 transfers) 1,207
Geographic Origin of Undergraduates, Fall 2013
Danbury 17.5%
New Milford 7.2%
Bethel 5.3%
Brookfield 4.6%
New Fairfield 5.2%
Newtown 4.0%
Other Connecticut 50.2%
New York State 4.8%
Other States and Countries 1.2%
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