Communications from the Presidential Search Committee

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July 9, 2018: Email to Alumni, Faculty, and Staff

Dear Gardner-Webb family,

I would like to share an update on our progress with the University’s presidential search.

When we began work this past spring, the GWU Board of Trustees asked me to form and chair a Presidential Search Committee. Once the committee was selected, we created a website designed especially for communicating updates such as this one. We chose a search partner firm, Coleman Lew + Associates, and created a description of the position and its requirements. That position description appears on the Gardner-Webb University and Coleman Lew + Associates websites.

We have also shared the information and description with approximately 1,200 prospective candidates and/or sources. We included most Baptist-affiliated colleges and universities in this solicitation. Between August 1 and 15, the position will also be posted on the websites of Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed and/or Higher Ed Jobs.

We want the life of the posting to extend beyond the start of the fall semester. Our experience suggests that postings get more attention after the start of a new school year—typically following Labor Day.

Thus far, 13 individuals have either applied for the position or have been recommended to us. We are in the early stages of vetting these individuals for interest and qualifications. In the meantime, we expect to continue receiving applications and referrals.

We expected the pace of the search to be slower this summer, as many of our prospective candidates are traveling or otherwise unavailable. The pace of the search should quicken considerably after the fall semester begins. Be assured that we will continue to provide updates as the search moves forward.

As always, feel free to reach out to me if you have concerns or questions.

Very best regards

David W. Royster III

May 2, 2018: Press Release

Please click here to read the press release regarding the formation of the Presidential Search Committee.

March 29, 2018: Email to Alumni

Dear colleagues and members of the Board,

As you know, Dr. Frank Bonner announced this past January that he will retire after more than 30 years of dedicated service to the University.

Since Dr. Bonner’s announcement, a search committee has been formed. I have accepted the role of Chair for the committee. Other members include the following:

Trustee Members
Rodney Allison
Candy Arey
Ron Beane
Susan Briggs
Chris Welch

Faculty Members
Dr. Donald Berry, Department of Religious Studies; Chair, Faculty Council
Dr. Cheryl Duffus, Department of English; Vice Chair, Faculty Council

Staff Members
Scot Hull, Co-Chair, Staff Council
Lou Ann Scates, Chair, Staff Council

Aliah Price, Student Government Association President, 2018-19

To help us secure top-flight candidates for the important position of GWU president, we have selected a respected executive search firm—Coleman Lew + Associates, Inc. of Charlotte. On April 9, representatives from Coleman Lew will make their first campus visit, meeting with the President’s Cabinet, executive members of the Staff Council, deans and faculty leadership, department chairs and, of course, students.

We have had a busy few weeks preparing for this work. I expect the pace will continue to be brisk. A website is almost complete, and we are finalizing a communications plan to ensure that the process is transparent, open and inclusive.

As we move forward in this work, I ask for your support and active engagement. The work we do together is essential to sustaining this great University we all love.

Best regards,

David W. Royster III