Presidential Search Update

March 7, 2014 Update

April 24, 2014 Update

May 23, 2014 Update

Aug. 21, 2014 Update

Sept. 4, 2014 Update 



Presidential Search Update #1 - March 7, 2014

On behalf of the Presidential Search Committee, I am pleased to offer the first of several updates regarding our shared efforts to identify the next great leader for OLLU and a worthy successor to Sr. Jane Ann Slater.

An inclusive Presidential Search Committee composed of 17 members has been selected to represent the University’s multiple constituencies in the search.  The committee includes members of the Board of Trustees, Sisters of the Congregation of Divine Providence (CDP), faculty, administrators and staff, a current student, alumnae, and leaders within the San Antonio community.  The members include:
  • Mike Edelmann, Chair - Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Trustees, Retired AT&T Senior Management 
  • Ruth Piña, Vice-Chair - Trustee, Alumna, Vice President-Human Resources, Valero Energy Corp. 
  • Mario J. Oliveira, Secretary- Executive Officer to the President and Board of Trustees
  • Steve Blanchard, PhD - Professor of Sociology, President of the Faculty Assembly
  • Frances Boynes - Alumna, Chief Financial Officer, George Gervin Academy & Youth Centers
  • Sister Pearl Ceasar, CDP - Trustee, Alumna, Executive Director-Project Quest
  • Ashley Guevara - Student, President, OLLU Student Government Association 
  • Carol Jeffries-Horner, PhD - Department Chair-CISS, incoming President of the Faculty Assembly 
  • Sister Rose Kruppa, CDP - Alumna, Former Trustee, Pastoral Assistant, St. Francis of Assisi Parish 
  • Michael Laney, PhD - Dean, College of Arts and Sciences 
  • Leah Larson, PhD - Professor of English, immediate past President of the Faculty Assembly 
  • Cathy Maule - Assistant Director-Marketing & Communications and Brand Manager 
  • Sister Ann PetrusCDP, PhD - Trustee, Alumna, former OLLU faculty, Superior General-CDP
  • Karen Reed - Alumna, Assistant Vice President-Finance & Facilities 
  • Veronica Salazar Escobedo - Alumna, Former Trustee, retired VP-San Antonio Express-News 
  • Patty Stoltz - Trustee, former personnel search consultant 
  • Gloria Urrabazo - Alumna, Vice President-Mission & Ministry 


AGB Search, a nationally known and highly respected search firm, will assist the University in the search. Julie Tea, a leading and experienced consultant with AGB Search, will facilitate the search process, working with the search committee to identify candidates for president and assisting the committee in making its recommendations to the Board of Trustees. The first meeting of the search committee was held on campus on February 27.  

The search process will take several months with the plan for the Board of Trustees to elect a president by the end of the calendar year. This will complement the momentum created by the efforts of faculty, staff, and administrative leadership led by President Slater as we pursue the objectives of our Strategic Plan, To Grow, To Graduate, and To Lead. Further it will allow planning for a smooth transition in the presidency in August 2015.


Julie Tea will be back on campus Wednesday through Friday, March 26-28 to conduct the important pre-search study. During those three days, she will lead one-on-one interviews and group sessions with a wide variety of OLLU constituencies to learn about the University’s greatest strengths, challenges and opportunities as well as the attributes and skill sets desired in the next president of OLLU. The thoughtful comments you offer will provide the basis for the creation of the search prospectus, a valuable tool that will be used to solicit nominations and recruit candidates nationally. Detailed information about the visit will be made available soon, and I hope you’ll make every effort to attend whatever session suits your schedule. 
 
The search is off to a good start. I will share additional updates with you as we enter subsequent stages of the process, and those updates will also be posted to the soon-to-be-developed Presidential Search website. 

Thank you for your support. Please feel free to contact me at medelmann@sbcglobal.net with any questions.

Regards,

Michael “Mike” S. Edelmann, 
Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Trustees 
Chair of the Presidential Search Committee



Presidential Search Update #2 - April 24, 2014

On behalf of the Presidential Search Committee, I write with an update regarding our shared efforts to find the next great leader for OLLU. I would like to thank all of you once more who participated in the pre-search study our consultant Julie Tea of AGB Search led on the San Antonio campus March 26 -28. Your thoughtful comments provided the basis for the creation of the search prospectus, an important tool that will be used to solicit nominations and recruit candidates nationally. The search committee members recently reviewed the search prospectus draft, and our edits were incorporated by our search consultant and the team in the University’s Marketing and Communications Office. We invite you to review the finalized copy which is available on the University’s Presidential Search Web site and at AGB Search’s site.

As you review the search prospectus, please pay particular attention to the attributes most highly desired in OLLU’s next president. The Committee will use this to vet all nominees for the position. You may suggest people you know who could serve effectively as the next president, or those you think might know of potential candidates. Please forward their names to me (medelmann@sbcglobal.net) or to Julie Tea (jet@agbsearch.com), as well as any advice you have on the best way to approach the individuals. The Committee is well aware that the success of our search depends on the involvement of all members of the OLLU community. Please rest assured that names and information will be treated with full confidentiality.

Over the next several weeks, we will generate a national candidate pool through nominations received from you and others, inquiries at other colleges and universities similar to OLLU in scope and mission, advertising in The Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed and on a number of other relevant Web sites, and the work of our search firm. In August the search committee will begin to narrow the candidate pool, and another update will be provided at that time.

The search is off to a good start. I will write to you again as we enter subsequent stages of the process, and those updates will be posted to the Presidential Search Web site as well. Please feel free to contact me via medelmann@sbcglobal.net with any questions.

Thank you for your support.

Regards,

Michael “Mike” S. Edelmann,
Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Trustees
Chair of the Presidential Search Committee



Presidential Search Update #3 - May 23, 2014

This is another in a series of informational memos intended to update you on the work of the Presidential Search Committee.

The committee members met recently to discuss our progress and to initiate the systematic review of applications. This initial review, the first of several stages in the candidate vetting process, will continue until shortly after the August 1 deadline for applications.

The multi-faceted process of building a robust and diverse pool of well-qualified candidates continues in earnest. We ask once more for your help in identifying promising prospects or people who might be able to suggest such prospects. Please reach out to our consultant, Ms. Julie Tea (jet@agbsearch.com), with names and contact information related to any potential candidates. The nominations and suggestions we receive from those closest to the OLLU family may be among the most meaningful in the process of candidate generation.

The committee members will meet again in August to begin reducing the pool of applicants to a smaller group for further review and evaluation.

The search prospectus continues to be available for your review on the University's Presidential Search website.

On behalf of the search committee, I will continue to stay in touch with you throughout the process. Please feel free to contact me at medelmann@sbcglobal.net with any questions.

Thank you for your support.

Regards,

Michael “Mike” S. Edelmann,
Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Trustees
Chair of the Presidential Search Committee




Presidential Search Update #4 - Aug. 21, 2014

I am pleased to report that the search for the University’s next president is progressing well and on schedule. The Presidential Search Committee recently met and continued its multi-stage vetting process to identify candidates whose backgrounds and experiences ¬≠seem especially consistent with the qualities and qualifications established for the search. The committee faced difficult choices as it reviewed applications of the broadest and deepest pool of presidential candidates in OLLU’s history. After considering these accomplished leaders, the committee has chosen to advance a select group for initial reference checks.

The committee will meet again soon to conduct another level of evaluation and to select a small number of semi-finalists for confidential preliminary interviews. The committee expects to bring finalists to campus later this fall and to make its report to the Board well in advance of the planned transition in leadership next summer.

On behalf of the search committee, I will continue to stay in touch with you throughout the process. Please feel free to contact me at medelmann@sbcglobal.net with any questions.

Thank you for your support.

Regards,

Michael “Mike” S. Edelmann,
Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Trustees
Chair of the Presidential Search Committee



Presidential Search Update #5 - Sept. 4, 2014

I offer this search update on behalf of the Presidential Search Committee. I am pleased to report that the search is progressing well and on schedule. The search committee met recently and faced some difficult choices as it reviewed the candidacies of a well-qualified, diverse and national pool of leaders.
 
The committee selected a small number of semi-finalists for confidential preliminary interviews to be held off campus. At the conclusion of those interviews, a sub-set of those candidates will be identified as finalists to participate in extensive interviews on campus, with a broad range of constituents. Our current timetable expects that we will welcome finalists to campus in the first three weeks of October. Your participation in those visits will be vital to the success of the search.
 
We are pleased with the progress of the committee’s work to date and encouraged about the ultimate outcome of the search process. Please feel free to contact me at medelmann@sbcglobal.net with any questions. I will be back in touch when the finalists have committed for their visits.
 
Thank you for your interest and support.
 
Regards,
 
Michael “Mike” S. Edelmann,
Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Trustees
Chair of the Presidential Search Committee

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