Search Updates

Please refer to this page regularly for updates to the Presidential Search. 

SEARCH UPDATE: November 23, 2021

Dear Members of the Mount Mary University Community,

As the days of the fall semester wind to a close, we want to thank you for the generous ways in which you are supporting Mount Mary’s search for a new President. In early November, members of the university community met in-person and virtually with our search consultants from WittKieffer, Sheila Murphy and Greg Duyck. Still others offered their written comments online. Your insights have given Greg and Sheila a nuanced understanding of Mount Mary’s culture, history, and future. As a result, they are now completing the final draft of a presidential profile which will be reviewed by the Search Committee and shared with potential candidates in December and January.

As you may know, university presidential searches must be undertaken with great care and attentiveness. On one hand, it is important to allow for as much transparency and participation as possible, so that an incoming President can begin with the strong support of the campus community. Conversely, the highest-quality candidates are typically persons who are in key leadership positions at other institutions of higher education, and they generally do not want to jeopardize their current work by signaling interest in another university. Breaches in confidentiality are, in fact, among the major reasons that candidates withdraw from presidential searches. Thus, the extremes of a completely open or closed search bring both benefits and risks for the institution. 

Mount Mary’s search is a hybrid of these models. The Search Committee will be the point of contact for candidates until they visit the campus in March. At that time, several representative groups from the Faculty, Staff, Student Body and Alumnae/i will meet with the finalists and offer feedback to the Board of Trustees. That feedback, along with the Search Committee’s review of candidate strengths and challenges, will assist the Board in selecting the next President.

We will communicate additional details on each stage of the search as it unfolds, but want to share with you now the overall timeline:

Early January

  • Search Committee preparation: 
    • Anti-bias Training
    • Effective Assessment of Academic Curricula Vitae                          

Early February

  • Search Committee review of applications and selection of approximately eight semifinalists    


  • Search Committee interviews of semifinalists (Virtual) and selection of finalists


  • Finalist interviews and campus visits  

Late March

  • Search Committee provides summaries of candidate strengths and challenges to the Corporate Board and Board of Trustees
  • Recommendation by the Corporate Board and selection of the President by the Board of Trustees


  • Announcement of the incoming President

Sister Joan Andert, SSND has written a prayer for the search process, which is posted on the Presidential Search web page. Your prayerful support, recommendations, and candidate nominations are all welcome contributions to bringing the presidential search to a successful conclusion. Thank you for your collegiality and for the spirit of hope that you are bringing to our shared work.

Every blessing,

Stephanie Russell and Mary Jo Layden
Search Committee Co-chairs