To contact the Presidential Search Committee, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition to online forums in December, WittKieffer collected responses via an online survey to the following questions:
Dear New College Community,
We move to the active recruitment of worthy applicants in the search for our next president. If you wish to bring a potential applicant to the attention of our search firm WittKieffer, please do so as soon as possible at NCFPresident@wittkieffer.com.
We are placing digital ads in Asians in Higher Ed, Chronicle of Higher Education, Diverse Jobs, HigherEdJobs.com, Hispanic Outlook, Inside Higher Ed, Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, Women in Higher Education, American Association of University Professors, American Conference of Academic Deans, Association of American Colleges and Universities, Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences, National Association of College and University Business Officers and National Collegiate Honors Council.
Further, our search firm WittKieffer is tapping its extensive network of academic leaders to personally reach out to those who might be a match for the qualities we seek. They will be focusing intensively on engaging promising applicants over the next six weeks.
The next Search Committee meeting is listed below. You are warmly invited to join us.
I regret to announce the resignation of Search Committee member Dr. Emily Heffernan. She is no longer able to serve due to new demands on her time attendant with her appointment as Dean of Studies. (Congratulations Dr. Heffernan!) Dr. Miriam Wallace, professor of English and Gender Studies and Chair of the Humanities Division, joins the Search Committee to fill the vacancy.
In early March, the Search Committee plans to interview top applicants with the goal of identifying at least three candidates for on-campus interviews at the end of March or beginning of April.
For further information and updates, check our Presidential Search webpage or email your questions and suggestions to PresidentialSearch@ncf.edu. Your active engagement is a welcome and essential part of this presidential search.
Dear New College Community,
Greetings for the New Year!
Over 250 students, faculty, staff, alumni, trustees, directors, and community members provided input as to the qualities we seek in our next president through forums, surveys, and interviews. The results of the online survey are posted at NCF-President-Constituent-Survey-Results-01.04.21.pdf Thank you for your thoughtful and thought-provoking contributions.
The search dirm WittKieffer has applied your input into the preparation of a Leadership Profile that conveys our collective view of the opportunities and challenges with which we charge our next leader. This is an important recruiting tool to attract the kind of candidates we seek. The Leadership Profile is under review at two meetings this week which you are welcome to attend.
New College of Florida Board of Trustees
Friday, January 8, 2021, at 10:00 AM
Zoom Link: https://ncf.zoom.us/j/95360999022
Meeting ID: 953 6099 9022
Next steps in the process include posting ads in a broad variety of outlets in higher education. Perhaps even more importantly, our Search Firm WittKieffer will also conduct personal outreach to prospects who meet our criteria. You may refer candidates directly to WittKieffer at NCFPresident@wittkieffer.com. We expect to focus very intensely on recruiting applicants over the next two months. In early March, the Search Committee will interview about a dozen of the top applicants to present at least three candidates for on-campus interviews at the end of March or beginning of April.
For further updates, check our Presidential Search webpage or email questions and suggestions to PresidentialSearch@ncf.edu. Your active engagement is a welcome and essential part of this presidential search.
Thank you for your understanding for this short notice in this next step in our presidential search. The holidays have foreshortened our available time for this request. I hope you will receive it in the spirit of inclusiveness with which it is intended.
You are warmly invited to participate in offering your thoughts on the qualities we seek in our next president in Zoom forums as scheduled below. Yes, the dates are coming up quickly! We are attempting to ease the inconvenience of the short notice by affording several times for Zoom forums below. You are welcome to attend any forum. In addition to the forum, we offer an online survey. Everyone is free to offer their input through Zoom forums or the online survey or both.
How will the forums work? A Search Committee member will moderate each forum with a list of what we intend to be thought-provoking prompts. To give you time to think about your input, please view the questions.
How will the survey work? Complete the online survey. The deadline for completing this survey is January 4, 2021.
How will your input be utilized in the search? Our consultants Witt Kieffer will record each forum, recap survey results, and present these to the Search Committee and the Board of Trustees in early January.
Thank you for devoting your time to this effort during the busy holiday season.
Stay well and may your days be merry and bright.
Preparations for launching the search for our next president are moving along quickly. December is an important month as we will be asking the New College community to offer input on the type of leadership you feel is needed for our future. We will be announcing soon how students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members may participate in virtual forums and online surveys to help craft our leadership statement. The success of our search greatly depends on our clarity in describing the type of leadership we seek. Please give this deep thought. I look forward to our dialogue about the future you envision.
To date, other efforts include the following:
The Search Committee will meet Tuesday, December 8, 2020, at 4 pm to plan methods and timeframes for each step in the search including a process for collecting input from the campus community. All are welcome to attend. The Zoom link is: https://ncf.zoom.us/j/95173844705 Meeting ID: 951 7384 4705
To send questions or suggestions, email PresidentialSearch@ncf.edu. Your active engagement is a welcome and essential part of this presidential search.
We have taken the first step in the important process of finding the next president of New College following Dr. O’Shea’s retirement next year. As the chair of the New College of Florida Board of Trustees, I have appointed a search committee with representation from students, faculty, staff, alumni, trustees, Foundation directors and the community. The search committee also includes a liaison from the Board of Governors State University System. In addition to myself as chair, the committee includes:
As the search committee, we are charged with engaging worthy applicants and bringing three final candidates to campus for visits and interviews. This process includes the development of a leadership statement with input from the New College community. To assist our efforts, we will procure a search firm to recruit outstanding applicants from across the country.
Every search committee meeting will be publicly noticed. The Board of Trustees has set up a Presidential Search webpage where you can find updates, schedules, meeting materials, and documents. You can also email questions and suggestions to PresidentialSearch@ncf.edu. Your active engagement is a welcome and essential part of our upcoming search.
Chair, Board of Trustees
New College of Florida.
The announcement by Dr. Don O’Shea of his intention to retire as our President by the end of this academic year is a fitting time to express gratitude for his vision of an expansive future for New College. In choosing his successor, our task is to bring the future to realization. We each have a role in this process—students, faculty, staff, alumni, supporters, and community. The search for our next President is a collaborative one with many opportunities for direct involvement.
Searching for Applicants: This is an opportunity for everyone to participate in the search. It is not too early to alert those you feel suited to the position of the coming search. In the weeks ahead, we will secure a search firm to launch a national campaign for recruiting and guiding interested applicants in the process.
Screening of Applicants: Representatives from students, faculty, alumni, Foundation Directors, Board of Trustees, Board of Governors, and community will serve on a search committee assisted by a search firm. The Board of Governors will appoint a liaison to serve on the Search Committee. The role of the search committee is to engage worthy applicants leading to campus visits, interviews and discussions by top candidates. As Chair of the Board of Trustees, I will chair the Search Committee and will soon announce the appointees who accept this responsibility. Direct reports of the President may not serve on the Search Committee.
Campus Visits: Finalists will be invited to campus to interact with students, faculty, staff, alumni, foundation directors, trustees and community. These visits have two purposes. One is to convey to candidates why New College is an attractive opportunity for a visionary leader. The other is to receive input from campus and community on the suitability of candidates.
Appointment of President: The Board of Trustees will review input from the campus and the Search Committee to negotiate with a top candidate for acceptance of the position. Once negotiations are completed, the Board of Trustees and the successful candidate will present to the Board of Governors for confirmation of appointment.
We have some demanding preparation to do before we begin. We must secure a search firm through a formal procurement process. The search firm will then assist us in identifying the qualities we seek in a leader. This will be another opportunity for all members of our campus to engage in the process. From this input, the search firm will propose a national campaign strategy.
To keep everyone informed, the Board of Trustees has set up this webpage to post updates, schedules, meeting materials, and documents. Meetings will be publicly noticed. You can also email PresidentialSearch@ncf.edu to submit questions and suggestions. Your active engagement is a welcome and essential part of our upcoming search.
Chair, Board of Trustees
New College of Florida
To contact the Presidential Search Committee, email: email@example.com
MARY RUIZ – Chair
Mary Ruiz is Chair of the New College of Florida Board of Trustees. She is CEO of Ruiz Strategic Advisors and an experienced healthcare Chief Executive Officer and Chief Strategy Officer with a specialization in strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, business development, government relations and joint ventures. Ms. Ruiz is a founding President of the New College Alumni Association.
M.B.A. University of South Florida
RON CHRISTALDI – Vice Chair
Ron Christaldi is Vice Chair of the New College of Florida Board of Trustees. He is a business lawyer representing clients in complex transactions and litigation, and the President and CEO of the public affairs firm Shumaker Advisors Florida. Mr. Christaldi is a past-chair of the Tampa Bay Chamber.
J.D. & M.A. Florida State University
John Cranor is a US Army veteran who has held senior executive positions with General Mills, Wilson Sporting Goods, Pepsi Cola North America, Taco Bell, KFC Worldwide and Long John Silvers. Most recently he was Chairman of the Board of Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen. Mr. Cranor currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Plymouth Harbor and the Financial Advisory Board of the Sarasota School Board.
MBA Harvard University
WILLIAM C. DUDLEY
Dr. William C. Dudley is a Senior Research Scholar at the Griswold Center for Economic Policy Studies at Princeton University and a member of the Group of Thirty and the Council on Foreign Relations. From 2009 to 2018, Dr. Dudley was the 10th president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Earlier, he had a long career in the financial services industry, including ten years as the chief US economist at Goldman Sachs where he was a partner and managing director.
Ph.D. University of California Berkeley
Dr. David Harvery is Professor of History and Chair of the Faculty at New College of Florida, where he has taught since 2000. He is a statutory member of the New College of Florida Board of Trustees. Dr. Harvey is the former chair of the Division of Social Sciences and teaches a range of courses in modern European history and has sponsored dozens of theses, tutorials, and independent study projects in related fields. A specialist in French cultural history, he is the author of three books, about a dozen articles, and over a hundred book reviews.
Ph.D. and M.A. Princeton University
MIRIAM L. WALLACE
Dr. Miriam L. Wallace is Professor of English and Gender Studies at New College of Florida; she has been on the faculty since 1995. Currently Chair of the Division of Humanities, she is founding faculty in the Gender Studies Program and has been its Director multiple times. She was awarded an NEH College Teacher Fellowship for her book on 1790s political fiction and is editor for Bucknell University Press’s Transits: Literature, Thought and Culture 1650-1850 series. She served on fellowship selection committees with the NEH and ASECS (American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies), and as co-Chair of the Women’s Caucus for ASECS. Dr. Wallace has been an external reviewer for multiple tenure and promotion cases and for the English department at another COPLAC (Council of Public Liberal Arts) university.
Ph.D. and M.A. University of California, Santa Cruz
Dr. Sarah Hernandez is an Associate Professor of Sociology & Latin America and Caribbean Studies at New College. Since her faculty appointment in 1996, she has served on the Provost Advisory Committee, Faculty Appointments and Status Committee, Provost Search Committee and Student Academic Status Committee. She currently serves as Co-Director of the Initiative for Diversity and Equity in Academics and as representative of the New College faculty to the Advisory Council of Faculty Senates.
Ph.D. and M.A. University of Michigan
Alan Levine is Chairman, President & CEO of Ballad Health. He is a Member of the Board of Governors for the State University System of Florida. Prior to his role at Ballad Health, Mr. Levine was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mountain States Health Alliance. His public service career includes serving as Senior Health Policy Advisor and Secretary for Louisiana’s Department of Health and Hospitals appointed by Governor Bobby Jindal and as the Senior Health Policy Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Jeb Bush prior to being appointed by Governor Bush to be Secretary of the Agency for Health Care Administration.
M.A. and B.A. University of Florida
Sofia Lombardi is the New College Student Association President and a statutory member of the Board of Trustees. Last February, she organized a group of students to travel to Tallahassee to oppose a House bill that proposed to merge New College with the University of Florida. Sofia is a second-year student pursuing a double Area of Concentration in History and Spanish. After New College, she plans to attend law school with the goal of becoming a public interest lawyer.
Dr. Michael McPherson has served as president of the Spencer Foundation and Macalester College. A nationally known economist whose expertise focuses on education and economics, McPherson spent the 22 years before his Macalester presidency as professor of economics, chairman of the economics department, and dean of faculty at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. He was a fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is the president of the board of overseers of TIAA-CREF.
Ph.D., M.A. and B.A. University of Chicago
Dwayne Peterson is the Director of the Center for Career Engagement and Opportunity (CEO) at New College of Florida. He and his team lead the College’s efforts to integrate career planning and preparation into the academic experience for all students. Mr. Peterson has held professional roles at Georgia College and State University, the University of Florida, the University of North Florida, and the University of South Florida. He is a certified career development facilitator and represents New College as a member of the Florida Career Centers consortium.
M.S. Miami University
SHARON LANDESMAN RAMEY
Dr. Sharon Landesman Ramey is a member of the Board of Directors of the New College Foundation. A Research Professor and Distinguished Research Scholar at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at Virginia Tech, she is recognized for her contributions in the field of human development and the role of early experience and interventions on later developmental outcomes.
Ph.D. The University of Washington Seattle
Mona Rankin recently retired as Chief of Staff at State University of New York, College at Old Westbury. She served in other higher education leadership positions at City University of New York and Florida International University. She is among the founders of the Harlem Renaissance Education Pipeline, a Cradle to Career Collective Impact Initiative in Harlem, NY. She is a past participant and presenter in Florida International University’s Executive Leadership Enhancement Program. She serves on the board of the West Coast Black Theater Troupe.
M.A. and B.A. University of Illinois Chicago
Felice Schulaner is the former Chair of the New College Foundation and the New College Board of Trustees. Previously she was senior vice president of human resources for Coach Inc., a multibillion-dollar global accessories company. She is currently a Board member for the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and has also served on the boards of Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida and the Visible Men Academy.
B.A. New College of Florida
JAMES B. STEWART
Dr. James B. Stewart is Professor Emeritus at Penn State University who also served as inaugural Vice Provost for Educational Equity and Director of the Black Studies Program. He has authored, co-authored, edited or co-edited eleven monographs and has published over seventy-five articles in Economics and Black Studies professional journals. He has served as President of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) and the National Economic Association.
Ph.D. Notre Dame