We recently launched Drew2017, a process through which we will put our ambitious strategic plan into action with an eye to achieving institutional sustainability. We have already taken steps to consolidate administrative units and have embarked on the process of prioritizing academic offerings. This work is essential to Drew’s future success and, in the near term, it affects our transition planning.
The board shares my belief that developing a blueprint for institutional sustainability will help attract the strongest presidential candidates for Drew. With Drew2017 underway, we are now ready to move ahead with a presidential search.
The board of trustees has selected Vice Chair Bill Freeman ’74 to head the presidential search committee. The committee, comprised of representatives from the extended Drew community, will publicly launch a national search toward the end of the summer. We anticipate being in a position to select three to four finalists by the end of 2013. This puts us on track to appoint a new president before the end of the 2014 academic year.
At the same time, two members of the president’s cabinet have been offered prestigious appointments that build on their significant contributions to our academic life. Jonathan Levin, dean of the College of Liberal Arts since 2008, has been appointed as provost at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va., and will be leaving Drew as of June 30. Provost and Academic Vice President Pamela Gunter-Smith, who joined our community in 2007, will also be leaving on June 30 to become the president of York College of Pennsylvania.
After consultation with members of the faculty, I am pleased to appoint Dr. Alan Candiotti to serve as interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts. Alan has served as a member of the college faculty since 1980 and assistant vice president of university technology since 1994. His appointment will provide stability and leadership while preserving flexibility for our new president to select key leadership for the years ahead.
I will not be appointing an interim provost and academic vice president. Instead, I am working with Dr. Gunter-Smith to reassign the work of her office.
On behalf of everyone at the university, thank you for your ongoing support of Drew during this period of transition.
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