Presidential Search

Board of Trustees
Rider University
2083 Lawrenceville Road
Lawrenceville, NJ 


November 25, 2014

To: Rider University Community

Michael B. Kennedy, Chair of the Board of Trustees 
and Chair of the Presidential Search Committee

Subject: Presidential Search Update

Dear Members of the Rider University Community,

On behalf of the Rider University Presidential Search Committee (Search Committee), I am writing to provide you with an update regarding the search process. 

In February 2014, the Board of Trustees charged the Search Committee with the responsibility of interviewing and evaluating candidates for the presidency and providing a recommendation to them by early December. I am pleased to report that the Search Committee, with the assistance of our consultant, Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, has been working diligently to meet this responsibility and are nearing the end of this process.

The Search Process – A Key Focus on Guiding Principles

From the beginning, the Search Committee understood that the search for the seventh president of Rider would require a strategically designed and broad based plan, an understanding of the competitive presidential search market, and a commitment to a thoughtful and deliberate execution of the plan. With these guiding principles in mind, we also recognized that a successful search, in such a highly competitive market environment, required a strong commitment to the confidentiality of the process out of respect for the candidates as they moved through each step of the process. 

As the search process proceeded, I have made it a priority to keep the Rider community abreast of important updates via email and on the presidential search website while also working with the Search Committee to reach our goal of completing a successful presidential search. At the same time, I have also been cautious about compromising confidentiality as we moved through the process.

In assessing the characteristic qualities of the candidates and in recognition of the significance of maintaining the highest levels of discretion, I addressed the Board of Trustees during the October 22nd Board Meeting and provided them with an assessment of the process. I noted that the Search Committee, supported by our consultant, Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, along with the finalist candidates themselves, decided that a private interview process was of vital importance to the successful completion of the search process. The reasons for privacy are numerous, not the least of which the candidates requested privacy as they are all currently employed.

Accordingly, in consideration of the range of interview options that could be effectively implemented, and in full recognition of the associated risks, the Search Committee committed to complete a private interview phase with our finalist candidates.

While committed to the candidates’ privacy, we were also cognizant of the need to complete an inclusive process, one that involved a broad-range of Rider constituencies. To that end, 65 individuals representing faculty, deans and chairs, union leadership, student leaders from the SGA, administrative personnel and President Rozanski took part in private meetings with the final candidates. Additionally, the finalists have had several meetings with the 14 Search Committee members as part of the evaluating and vetting process and 15 members of the Board of Trustees have met or spoken with the finalist candidates.

The participants in these meetings understood the importance of achieving an appropriate balance between the need for candidate assessment by a representative group of the Rider community while also maintaining confidentiality. As such, each of the interview participants willingly executed a statement of confidentiality.

Today, I am happy to announce that our collective diligence has paid off, and we are now at the stage where the interview phase of the process is complete.

The Presidential Search Committee – Completing the Process

The private, off­-campus interviews by a broad representation of the Rider community, including Trustees, has provided the Search Committee with the input necessary to complete the evaluation and vetting process. In full consideration of the investigations conducted by Storbeck/Pimental & Associates and the examination of reference sources provided as part of the evaluation process, the Search Committee is now in the process of completing its recommendation to the Board of Trustees.

As Chair of the Search Committee, and on behalf of the team that has been charged by the Board of Trustees with this most important responsibility, I thank you for your continued support. As I have stated before, I am confident we are on the path to finding the right candidate - one that will lead Rider into the bright future our community deserves.  

I expect to be able to update the community again regarding the finality of this process in the coming weeks.


Mike Kennedy
Chair of the Board of Trustees and 
Chair of the Presidential Search Committee