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Presidential Search

On behalf of the Board of Trustees and Dr. Rick Artman, senior consultant for Academic Search, Inc., I express our gratitude for the active participation of the university community in the listening sessions conducted by Dr. Artman during his visits on Dec. 8-10 and January 21-23.  The feedback from those sessions, as well as other reports, emails and comments shared with the trustees, will be most helpful in the search for Newman’s next president.  In particular, these comments that the Newman University community provided will be utilized to shape the prospectus that is being developed over the next few weeks.  That prospectus will launch the recruiting phase in February.

As previously reported, the Board of Trustees has appointed a Presidential Search Committee. The committee has met several times. Please know we approach this assignment with the importance and gravity which it demands. The members of the committee are:

  • Jason Searl, trustee, chair presidential search committee
  • Sister Vicki Bergkamp, trustee, vice chair presidential search committee
  • Patti Koehler, trustee
  • Ron Rabe, trustee
  • Father Mike Simone, trustee
  • Brad Yaeger, trustee
  • Alicia Thompson, USD 259 Superintendent
  • Cheryl Golden, Faculty Senate President
  • Scott Mudloff, Staff Assembly President
  • Victoria “Tori” Jansen, student
  • Ex Officio Members: J.T. Klaus, chair, Board of Trustees, Teresa Hall Bartels, Interim President

At the meeting of the Presidential Search Committee on January 22nd, 2020, the committee determined a preliminary timeline for the presidential search. The major search activities and tentative dates are as follows:

Feb. 21
Search Prospectus completed and posted on Newman and Academic Search Websites
Feb 21-Mar 27
Recruitment Period, application deadline is March, 27th
Apr 2
Search Committee meets to select Semifinalists
Apr 14-15
Search Committee interviews Semifinalists and selects Finalists for campus visit
May 12-15
Finalists’ on-campus interviews
After May 18
Board of Trustees select new president

Throughout the recruitment process, it is necessary the names of candidates be held in the highest confidence by the search committee.  Each member has signed a statement of confidentiality that protects the anonymity of the candidates whose careers could be jeopardized if their candidacy is prematurely made public. Once finalists are selected, information about the candidates and their interview schedule will be announced.

As the search progresses, I will provide regular updates to the university community on this page.

Please pray for the work of the Presidential Search Committee and for the successful completion of our search for Newman’s next leader.  Thank you again for all of your thoughts, suggestions, and comments.


- Jason Searl

Chair, Presidential Search Committee