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Frequently Asked Questions

How will Middlebury choose its next president?

Over the coming months, Middlebury will conduct a global search for its next president, who will succeed Ronald D. Liebowitz on July 1, 2015. But the search process begins well before any candidates are identified. Starting in April 2014, the search committee, assisted by the search firm Spencer Stuart, will launch a series of discussions across the institution to discern the qualities the Middlebury community seeks in a new president. Members of the committee will meet with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends to better understand the evolving needs of the institution at a time when so much more is being asked of our institutions of higher education than ever before.

Only then will the search partner begin the process of reaching out to identify potential candidates.

Once a list of candidates has been developed, the search committee will begin to narrow the field for ultimate consideration and decision by the Middlebury Board of Trustees.

What is the role of the search committee?

The search committee is drawn from a broad cross section of the Middlebury community. The committee is charged with establishing the process for the search, choosing the search partner, creating a position profile, evaluating and interviewing candidates, and making a recommendation to the Board of Trustees.

How was the search committee chosen?

Nominations and applications for the search committee were solicited for faculty, staff, student, and alumni members. The Board of Trustees approved the final list of members.

What qualifications are required for a president?

While the Middlebury bylaws contain no formal list of qualifications, candidates are expected to demonstrate a record of exceptional scholarship, leadership, and achievement in their careers. 

Will the Middlebury community have input into the process? 

Absolutely. One of the first orders of business for the search committee will be to define the process for the search. The committee will create numerous ways for faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends to be heard. We will provide more information as it becomes available in the Updates page of this website. In the meantime, we have created a Share Your Thoughts page where anyone can provide their input into the process.

How long will the search take?

There is no set timetable. Searches of this kind typically take at least six months. The search committee will provide updates on the process from time to time and post them on the Updates page of this website.

Who will make the final decision?

The ultimate decision rests with the Middlebury Board of Trustees, which holds the ultimate legal and fiduciary responsibility for the institution.