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

The Westminster College President Search Committee met on January 11, 2018 to continue its review of candidates. Over the past few months our search consultant, Isaacson, Miller (IM), has reached out to over 300 individuals as potential candidates or sources for the role of President of Westminster College, and has had conversations with about half of these individuals. IM has had interviews with the most viable candidates and has shared their impressions, in addition to their CVs and cover letters. While IM has helped us cull the list, the Search Committee has reviewed all the names, including both the solicited and unsolicited applications. The Search Committee discussed how each candidate stacks up against the key attributes described in the Opportunity and Challenge Profile and, based on that discussion, selected a smaller group of semi-finalists, each of whom will be invited to face-to-face interviews with the Search Committee later this month.

Following those face-to-face interviews, the Search Committee will select no more than four finalists to move on to the next round. Those finalists will be invited to participate in more extensive interviews during February. It is at this point where additional campus community involvement is planned. Specifically, we will invite additional representatives from the major constituent groups already represented on the Committee, i.e., students, faculty, staff, administration, and alumni, as well as additional Trustees, to meet with the finalists. (In due course we will send information describing how you can apply to serve as one of these additional representatives.) We expect this final round of interviews to take place in late February.

The Search Committee will consider all of the feedback on the candidates, including background and reference checks conducted by IM, to make a recommendation to the Board of Trustees for their consideration. The Board of Trustees will meet before the end of March to review the work of the Search Committee and to select Westminster’s next President.

My own, high level summary is that the search process is going well. The Committee is pleased with the quality and diversity of the candidates brought forward by IM, and with the good working relationship we have established between the Committee and IM. Our discussions have been frank and respectful, and every member of the Search Committee is actively engaged. I want to again thank all members of the Search Committee for their invaluable contributions of time and talents to both the search process and the consideration of applicants. I also want to recognize the great work being done by Julie Freestone to support the Committee and its work.

Preston Chiaro
Chair, President 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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