Board of Trustees
Rider University
2083 Lawrenceville Road
Lawrenceville, NJ 


March 5, 2014

To: Rider University Community

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

Subject: The Presidential Search Process Update and Membership

Dear Members of the Rider University Community,

I am very excited to provide you with additional information on our Presidential Search. I want to share with you some information on the process and how best you can communicate your thoughts and ideas with us as we move forward together.

First, let me state clearly that the search will be national in scope. With the assistance of the Search Committee listed below, we will begin our work this month developing a position profile and job advertisement, and initiate the recruitment of candidates and nominations soon thereafter.

After various consultations, the Board has appointed the following individuals to serve on the Search Committee, which I will chair:

Board of Trustees

Mr. Michael Kennedy
Mr. Gary Shapiro
Mr. F. Christopher Carothers
Ms. Molly O’Neil Frank
Mr. Thomas Mulhare
Mr. Christopher Nikolich
Mr. William Rue
Faculty and Staff
Mr. Jamie O’Hara
Dr. Steven Lorenzet
Dr. Pamela Brown
Dr. Heather Casey
Mr. David Keenan
Dr. Joel Phillips
The Committee will be assisted by search consultant Steve Leo, Vice-President of Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates. Christine Zelenak, Director of the Office of the President and Executive Assistant to the President, will provide staff support to the search process.

We will ensure the fullest possible opportunities for all interested faculty, staff and students to have a voice in this process as the search unfolds. Our goal is to invite at least three finalists to our campuses for various individual and group interviews and public presentations in late fall 2014. We anticipate a Board process to select our next President no later than December 2014, to assume the position on August 1, 2015.

More information concerning the timeline, process and the position will be available on our new Presidential Search website. I would encourage you to visit the website for regular updates moving forward.

As part of the process, we will be sending to all members of the Rider community a link to an online survey helping us to identify the priorities, traits, experiences and characteristics of the next President. I very much encourage you to participate in this survey, and also to play an active role in the process by providing the Search Committee with any suggestions and nominations you may have.