Converse Hall in Front of the Wasatch Mountains

President Search

Process

The President of Westminster College is appointed by the Board of Trustees. The President Search Committee, comprised of representatives from across campus, will screen and interview candidates before making an official recommendation to the board.

Presidential Search Update

Before Thanksgiving break the Westminster College President Search Committee had a productive first meeting with our search firm, Isaacson Miller. This was a “calibration” meeting during which we reviewed information about individuals who have thus far expressed interest. The meeting also helped us “calibrate” the types of candidates we want to continue to recruit. Over the next few weeks, Isaacson, Miller will be having follow up interviews with the individuals with whom he Search Committee was most excited, as well as continuing to augment the pool of candidates, with a particular focus on culture, values, diversity, and inclusion.

To date, Isaacson, Miller has reached out to more than 300 individuals. The Search Committee saw the complete list of these names, which included nearly 20 suggestions from the Westminster community. I encourage you to continue to submit suggestions, either for potential candidates or sources, to westminsterpresidentialsearch@imsearch.com.

The Search Committee also finalized the Opportunity and Challenge profile, and Isaacson, Miller is sharing it widely. A shorter advertisement has been posted to the following: Chronicle of Higher Education online, Diverse Issues, Hispanic Outlook, Inside Higher Ed, Women in Higher Ed, Insight into Diversity, and Vetjobs.com. Please feel free to share the profile with anyone you think might have an interest them self, or with anyone who might know suitable candidates.

The Search Committee and Isaacson, Miller will reconvene in mid-January to continue to review all of the applications and to select a group of semifinalists to be interviewed at a confidential, offsite location in late January. Following those interviews we will narrow the field to a few finalists, who will meet with a broader group of stakeholders including students, alumni, faculty, staff, administration and Trustees in a confidential session. The Search Committee will use the feedback from this expanded pool of interviewers to help make a recommendation to the Board of Trustees. We are on track for a Spring appointment.

I am very pleased with the progress to date. Credit for this goes to Isaacson, Miller and the members of the Search Committee. I am thankful to all of them for their hard and thoughtful work. As always, if you have questions please feel free to reach out via this web site, or contact me or any of the Search Committee members.

Preston Chiaro
Chair, Presidential Search Committee

About Westminster

At Westminster, we believe a college education is about more than just earning a degree—it’s about launching a meaningful life. As the only private liberal arts college in Utah, our unique academic programming balances the lifelong curiosity initiated by a liberal arts tradition with the immediacy of professional programs that jump-start careers.


Student Profile

2,692

total enrollment

2,127

undergraduate students

565

graduate students

9:1

student-to-faculty ratio

16

student average class size

50%

out-of-state students


Service and Community

102,000+

hours of student community service

1,900+

students participate in service-learning

$180 million+

in annual economic benefit


Academics

41

undergraduate majors

12

graduate degrees

5

academic schools

Our Schools

  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business
  • School of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • School of Education
  • Honors College

The Great Outdoors, Right in Your Backyard

20

Minutes

From breathtaking hikes.

30

Minutes

To world-class skiing.

4

Hours

To 5 famous national parks.

Location

Salt Lake City skyline

Salt Lake City

With a metro area population of 1.2 million, Salt Lake is a small city with a lot going on: a long tradition of performing arts, an innovative food scene that builds upon a heritage of small family farms, and a booming tech industry for which Salt Lake was dubbed the “Silicon Slopes.”

Students studying petroglyphs in Southern Utah

Utah

Utah is home to some of the best outdoor recreation in the country. Westminster’s campus is just four hours from five national parks: Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Arches, and Canyonlands. The Sundance Film Festival takes place in Park City every year. And Utah has the Best Economy in the Nation (WalletHub, 2016).

Westminster College student reading on a campus lawn

Campus

Westminster’s 32-acre campus is comprised of 29 college facilities, including residence halls, art and performance spaces, and a state-of-the-art, LEED certified science center. Classrooms, labs, and community spaces are surrounded by trees and green spaces, and Emigration Creek runs through the heart of campus.

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