Chatham University

Presidential Search

Following the announcement in June 2015 of Dr. Barazzone's retirement in the summer of 2016, the Board of Trustees formed a Presidential Transition Committee to initiate the search process. Members of this committee included Jennifer Potter, current Chair of the Board; and Trustees Sigo Falk, Murray Rust, Jane Burger '66 and Jane Murphy, PhD '68. Mrs. Burger and Dr. Murphy were appointed co-chairs of the Presidential Search Committee.

Presidential Search Committee

The Presidential Search Committee is charged with recommending to the Board one to three fully qualified candidates for the position of President of the University. Membership includes representatives of the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, current students and alumnae/i. The final committee includes the following individuals:

As the search for Chatham's 19th President goes forward, the Board of Trustees believe that these representatives of Chatham's community will bring important insights into the qualities that our next leader needs.

Search Firm & Community Feedback Opportunities

In the summer of 2015, the Presidential Transition Committee developed a Request for Proposal to prospective executive search firms. Following an extensive review and interviews with representatives of four firms, Spencer Stuart, one of the world's leading executive search firms, was selected to lead the search. The Board is pleased to have such an experienced and well-respected firm overseeing our effort.

Spencer Stuart will be on campus on September 14th and 15th to meet with key stakeholders and receive information about the opportunities and challenges that the university and its new leader will face in the coming years. These meetings provide a forum for everyone to express their views. Spencer Stuart will synthesize the wide-ranging feedback they receive into a position profile. The profile will be an important recruiting tool providing prospective candidates with vital information and insights about Chatham and the position.

If you cannot attend these meetings and/or would like to provide additional feedback, please visit our feedback form to provide your input to Spencer Stuart.

If you wish to recommend an individual for the position of President of Chatham University, please send the name directly to Spencer Stuart at All nominations are confidential.

Timing and Key Milestones

August 1, 2015 Selection and Announcement of Search Firm
August 17, 2015 Selection and Announcement of Presidential Search Committee
September 14 & 15, 2015 Spencer Stuart Campus Visits
Faculty Sept. 14: 12:10–1 PM and Sept. 15: 11:45 AM–12:30 PM
Staff & Administration Sept. 14: 1:10–2 PM and Sept. 15: 11:45 AM–12:30 PM
Students Sept. 14: 12:10–1 PM and 4:10–5 PM
Alumnae/i Sept. 15: 2:45–3:45 PM and 5–6 PM