Presidential Search Update

Board of Trustees
Rider University
2083 Lawrenceville Road
Lawrenceville, NJ 


April 10, 2014

To: Rider University Community

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

Subject: Rider University Presidential Search Update

Dear Rider University Community,

I am excited to report that the Presidential search is well underway. I am also pleased to say that the Committee has taken an active role in the development of the recruitment strategies for the next President. Since my last communication with you, the following activities have occurred: 

Presidential Search Survey. Nearly 900 faculty, staff, students, Trustees, parents and alumni responded to the survey. Thank you! The results of the survey are now posted on this website.

Listening Sessions. During the month of March, Steve Leo and I spent time on both campuses meeting with students, staff, faculty, and administrators, asking them what they are looking for in the next President. We also asked everyone we met with to help identify the greatest opportunities and challenges that they see for the next President. Thank you to everyone who participated in those meetings. The information has been shared with the Committee and has informed our discussions.

Advertisement. The advertisement has been posted in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, Women in Higher Education, Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Hispanic Outlook, as well as several online-only outlets.

Profile of the Institution and the Position. The Search Committee recently completed the prospectus and profile for the position. This document is available on this website and will be sent to all prospective candidates.  

Recruitment Efforts. Our search consultants, Steve Leo and Vicki Henderson from the national search firm of Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, LP have begun the process of contacting candidates who have been nominated by others, as well as actively recruiting prospective candidates from their data base and beyond. We are eager to hear from individuals within the University community concerning thoughts and ideas that can benefit this Presidential search. We invite you to nominate individuals whom you believe the Committee should consider for President of our unique institution by emailing names and CV's to

I will continue to keep you informed of the progress of the Search Committee's work through this website. Please continue to share your comments and suggestions with me at

Thank you for your support of this important undertaking by the University, for your nominations and for your thoughtful ideas and contributions. It is our hope that we identify and select the best individual possible to lead Rider University into this, a bright future. 

Mike Kennedy