A message from Lynda Ellis, Chair of the St. Mary’s University Board of Trustees, and Mickey Schott, Chair of the Presidential Nominating Committee:

The St. Mary’s University presidential search officially launched and opened for nominations on July 10, 2023. National ads have been posted, and outreach to some 2,000 higher education leaders is underway.

You are invited to share the St. Mary’s Presidential Search Profile with your colleagues and submit nominations for qualified candidates to Academic Search.

Please send the nominee’s name, contact information and a brief sentence about them to StMarysTXPresident@academicsearch.org. Consultants Scott Flanagan, Ed.D., and Katherine Haley, Ph.D., will invite them to apply. The source of the nomination will remain confidential — nominees will not know who nominated them.

The Presidential Nominating Committee will begin reviewing résumés and conducting preliminary rounds of interviews early in the fall semester. Finalist interviews will likely occur in November. Candidates will interview with the Presidential Nominating Committee, members of the Board of Trustees and several individuals representing these St. Mary’s community groups — alumni/major donors, faculty, students, administration/professional staff and Marianists.

The search process is moving forward as planned, and we expect to be able to announce the new president’s appointment by the end of 2023, with a starting date of June 1, 2024. The early announcement provides time for transitioning the new president into the position before President Mengler retires from the University on May 31, 2024. 

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