March 9, 2021
Like many of you, I am looking forward to Spring and a gradual return to a “new normal” of engaging with family and friends and pursuing our professional and personal interests, passions and activities. As we look forward to Spring, we can also look forward to the successful completion of our Presidential Search.
Most significantly, I want to extend the Board of Trustees’ very sincere appreciation and gratitude to ALL of you who participated in our presidential search process – particularly your engagement with our finalist candidates during the open sessions where you had the opportunity to question, comment and advise our finalist concerning their leadership skills, priorities and expectations, and professional qualifications and experience to advance the mission and strategic opportunities of our beloved Institution. The Board of Trustees also appreciated receiving your feedback on each candidate and your advice and considerations for the Trustees to apply during our interviews with the finalist candidates. Your individual and collective contributions, insights, and concerns have been invaluable and influential to the integrity of this process and to the Board’s assessment of the finalists. I can also assure you that your engagement with the finalists demonstrate the passion and pride we all carry for Bucks County Community College. Every finalist commented on the pleasure and joy of meeting and hearing from each of you – their impressions included appreciation of the strength of our institution, the significant accomplishments, passions and ambitions of our faculty, students, and staff, and the pride of our community.
At this point, the Board of Trustees has completed the interviews of each finalist. We are currently accumulating and evaluating your assessments, comments and insights for each finalist. The next and last step will be the deliberation of the Board of Trustees on what is the most important and impactful decision of any board – the selection and appointment of the next President of the Institution. The Board takes this responsibility sincerely, deliberatively and solemnly. Prior to their deliberations, the Board of Trustees will meet with faculty representatives to receive the faculty’s assessment of each finalist and engage in a discussion of each candidate’s skills and their ability to advance our mission to provide a diverse community of learners with exemplary, accessible educational opportunities and the personal connections that foster success. Our mutual goal is to select the candidate who is best suited to continue our work to advance the public good while enhancing our already strong reputation earned through the academic excellence of our faculty and the comprehensive support for learning provided by our staff. We all are now looking forward to the formal announcement of the appointment of the next President of Bucks County Community College.
The Trustees started this search process last summer. A presidential search committee was formed to gather input and insights from our greater community, accept and critically evaluate the applications of candidates, and assess and recommend finalists. All of you, our faculty, students, staff and community stakeholders met these finalists and provided your input to the Board of Trustees. I have been honored to help lead this search at such an important time in the history of our college. I have been humbled by the immense commitment and contributions of ALL of YOU to our institution. And I am grateful to ALL of YOU for your support, encouragement and guidance in this critically important task.
Bucks County Community College is a great institution with a strong reputation among our peers. At this time of great challenge, we have the momentum as a college to achieve even greater successes and bring enhanced value to our community. The Board of Trustees is committed to bringing in a leader invested in and capable of furthering our mission.
Presidential Search Committee Chair