The Iowa Wesleyan College Board of Trustees has taken key steps to move forward in the search for its next president.
The College has contracted with R.H. Perry & Associates of Washington, D.C., to spear-head the search process. According to Don Wiley, chair of the IWC Board of Trustees, R.H. Perry is the search firm used in the last three presidential searches, giving them a solid understanding of the College.
The Presidential Search Committee has also been named. The Committee is led by co-chairs Rev. Michael Morgan of Marion, Iowa, and Elizabeth Garrels of Mount Pleasant. Both are Iowa Wesleyan College alumni who serve on the Board of Trustees.
Other members of the Search Committee are: Iowa Wesleyan Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean, Dr. Jeffrey Fager; Iowa Wesleyan Faculty Chair, Ann Klingensmith; Iowa Wesleyan Special Assistant to the President, Carol Nemitz; Trustees Joy Anderson, Dr. Dick Ferguson, Byron Johnson, David McCoid, Don Wiley and Lori Wright, and community representative Kent White.
Representatives of the search firm will be on the Iowa Wesleyan campus January 23-25 for initial information-gathering sessions. They will hold open forums for faculty, students and administrative staff, as well as individual and group meetings.
“The approach of the search committee and our search firm will be a ‘right, not rushed’ manner, yet we move forward anticipating we will have our new president on campus by the beginning of the 2013 Fall term,” said Morgan.
“The faculty, administration and support staff continue to provide outstanding educational and co-curricular experiences to our entire student body. Their efforts are commended and appreciated,” he said. “At the same time, the Board of Trustees, administration, faculty and staff are seeking to complete several initiatives that will move Iowa Wesleyan up the ranks of our peers. To accomplish current initiatives and their logical successors, the College must obtain the leadership services of a strong president to build upon this work.”