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Search Underway for New Saint Anselm President

October 23, 2012

Barbara LeBlanc
Communications and Marketing
(603) 641-7243

The search for a new president for Saint Anselm College is underway, with the naming of a search committee and recruitment of a search firm.

Trustees Joanne Pietrini Smith '85 and Rich Meelia '71 are co-chairing the 13-member search committee, which includes representatives of the faculty, staff, monastery, alumni, student body and Board of Trustees.

The committee is being assisted by Isaacson Miller, a firm with extensive experience in recruiting presidents, provosts and senior leaders for higher education.

Representatives of the search firm are conducting a series of meetings with faculty, staff, student leaders, alumni, the monastic community and trustees. They are gathering information about the traits and qualities required of the next Saint Anselm president, as well as the college's challenges and advantages.

The committee will identify qualified candidates and submit their names to the board of trustees for final selection by early spring.

The list of the search committee members and of meetings scheduled so far with Isaacson Miller are posted on the presidential search website, which will be updated from time to time with new information on the search.

Father Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B., announced Sept. 4 that he would retire at the end of the academic year, after 24 years as president of Saint Anselm College.

Selecting his replacement "is an important undertaking that touches all aspects of the college community - both on and off campus," Pietrini Smith and Meelia said in an email to the college community.

"We want to provide regular updates as this important event in the College's history unfolds. At the same time, candidates will expect a high degree of confidentiality throughout the process. To ensure as much transparency as possible, while preserving the integrity of the process, information will be available on the Saint Anselm College website and we will provide periodic updates through email."