Presidential Search Update
Spring is a symbolic season and one of my favorite times to reflect on renewal and change. As the weather improves, I am sure that you too are excited about what lies ahead for you personally and what the Drury presidential search committee has been up to.
First, let me provide a refresher on progress thus far. The Presidential Search microsite located at www.drury.edu/presidentialsearch is your primary resource for updates and events related to the activities of the presidential search committee. Starting with the Drury survey, conducted during the 2011 winter break and continuing through this spring, the search committee has been actively gathering feedback from a wide variety of stakeholders. We have received invaluable insight into what is important to Drury and the resulting attributes that candidates should possess. Community leaders, alumni, faculty, staff and students have all provided input on our work, creating a clear vision to identify the best available candidates for the president's role.
Additionally, I hope that you continue to take advantage of the "Share Your Comments" section of the site that allows you to share your thoughts about the process and future direction of Drury University. Your feedback is critical to ensure we get this right! The search committee is committed to a transparent and open process that takes into account the entire Drury community, and we always welcome your advice on how to improve this process.
As we transition to screening and identifying candidates, the more sensitive part of the search process, we ask for your patience and understanding as the search committee decides what can be shared without violating the confidentiality of each candidate. As a select number of candidates are chosen to interview for the president's position, the search committee will keep you informed. It is anticipated that interviews on and off campus may be scheduled to provide the search committee with the opportunity to see how candidates perform in different settings. When appropriate, you will be invited to participate and learn more about the finalists. The selection process will be rigorous for the candidates and the search committee, but it will be helpful in confirming the finalists for submission to the Board of Trustees for the final decision.
Thank you for your participation and patience as we work through this process. I would also like to thank President Todd Parnell and his wife, Betty, for their selfless leadership during this challenging transition. Please continue to check the microsite for news and events. If you have any questions for the search committee, please feel free to contact us.
James Bone '80
Chair, Drury Presidential Search Committee