Committee Named for Plymouth State University Presidential Search

September 15th, 2005 by Adam

The University System of New Hampshire Board of Trustees Chairman Andy Lietz announced the members of the search committee that will be working over the next several months to help select the successor to Plymouth State University President Don Wharton. Dr. Wharton announced last month that he intends to retire as of June 30, 2006 after serving 13 years in this capacity.

At the time of Dr. Wharton’s announcement, it was announced that PSU Class of ’58 alumnus and member of the University System Board of Trustees, Eugene Savage, has been appointed by Board Chairman Lietz to chair the search committee. Chairman Lietz has appointed the following ten individuals to the committee:

John D. Crosier,USNH Trustee

Elizabeth M. Tamposi, USNH Trustee

Patricia Cantor, PSU Faculty (for Undergraduate Studies), Chair, Education Department

Peng-Khuan Chong (PSU Faculty), Assoc. Professor of Social Science

Gary Goodnough , PSU Faculty (for Graduate Studies), Assoc. Professor of Education

Steve Rand, Owner (Plymouth/Community Representative), Rand’s Hardware, Plymouth

Jeremy Foskitt (PSU Student Body President), Junior Political Science Major

Diane Jeffrey (PSU PAT Staff), Director, Silver Center for the Arts

Kathi A. Weeks (PSU Operating Staff), Business Services Assistant, Bursar’s Office

Wallace R. Stevens (‘62, PSU Alumnus), President’s Council Chair

“I am very pleased that these individuals have agreed to serve on the search committee. I expect that we will have a strong pool of candidates for this position, and know that the committee will be thorough, analytical, and introspective as they work to help select the next president of Plymouth State University,” Chairman Lietz said.

The makeup of the committee follows a standard format used by the University System to have appropriate representation from the groups that comprise the university community, as well as the Plymouth community.

“The search process will commence immediately as we work to draft a challenge profile to use as part of the search. We will then select a search firm and draft a position announcement within the next month,” Trustee Savage said. “On October 24, the search committee plans to hold an open forum to receive comments from the PSU and Greater Plymouth communities regarding desired presidential qualifications as part of the process.”

The deadline for applications will be in early January. After that date applications will be reviewed in an effort to narrow the field to semi-finalists who will be interviewed in person. Once the pool has been narrowed to a few finalists, those candidates will be invited to come to Plymouth and participate in open forums. The committee will then make final recommendations to USNH Chancellor Stephen Reno. The Chancellor will do a thorough review of the finalists in consultation with the Board chair and committee chair, and submit his recommendation to the full Board of Trustees at its April 2006 Board meeting in Plymouth.

“We are making every effort to plan to have the next president assume the position by July 1, 2006,” Trustee Savage added.