Presidential search process in candidate recruitment stage

Contact: Cheryl Roland

Western Michigan University Gathering Tree sculpture.KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University's Presidential Search Advisory Committee and the search firm it is working with are in the recruitment stage of the process, building a pool of candidates and preparing for March interviews.

In a Jan. 17 update to members of the campus community, the committee reported that with the presidential profile now fully developed, the search firm with which the committee is working—Parker Executive Search—is actively recruiting candidates and receiving positive feedback from interested candidates.

"Candidates are interested and excited to pursue this opportunity at our University," the committee reports.

With the search firmly in the candidate recruitment stage, the Presidential Search Advisory Committee is working with stakeholders on and off campus to become engaged in the nomination process. Anyone interested in submitting the name of a potential candidate should visit the committee's website at for instructions.

According to its latest update, the committee expects to "review all qualified candidates collectively in early March." The effort will lead to a narrowed candidate pool with initial interviews occurring later in March. A timeline shared by the committee earlier in the process identified the end of the academic year as the goal for identifying a candidate to recommend to the WMU Board of Trustees.

The successful candidate will replace Dr. John M. Dunn, who announced last summer that he will retire June 30, 2017.

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