Frequently Asked Questions

Who chooses the next president of CSB?

The next president of the College of Saint Benedict will be selected and appointed by the Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees has appointed the search committee and hired search consultants to help develop the search pool, vet candidates, and manage the search process.

Why is confidentiality so important in a search process?

Many of our candidates will hold key positions at other institutions and will only submit an application if confidentiality is guaranteed. Members of the search committee have signed an agreement that secures confidentiality for all discussions and deliberations related to the presidential search. For your information, a copy of the Code of Ethics guiding the work of the Presidential Search Committee is available on this website.

What is the role of the Search Committee Co-Chairs?

The search co-chairs are the official spokespersons for the search committee. The co-chairs will provide regular updates to the CSB community and will address any questions or concerns from members of the community through the duration of the search process.

What information can Search Committee members share with me?

The search committee is very restricted in the information that they are able to share with the CSB community. The Code of Ethics that all members have signed requires that they not share any information discussed during search committee meetings and that they not share any information related to candidates, even after the search has closed.

Whom do I contact if I want to share specific information or if I have a question about the search?

As per the Code of Ethics and charge to the search committee, the search co-chairs are the only individuals authorized to speak on behalf of the search committee and the search process.  Please contact the search co-chairs or the search consultants if you have information that will be helpful to them.  Contact information is available online

Will there be regular updates on the search?

Yes; the search co-chairs will provide regular updates to the College community at critical points in the search. Please check this website periodically for updates.

How can I make a nomination?

There is an online and confidential nomination form on this website.  We ask that you carefully review the presidential qualifications and experiences as laid out in the Presidential Search Profile before submitting a nomination. Your nomination will go directly to the search consultants and they will reach out to the nominee.  The search consultants will not provide your name to the nominee, but you are free to do so.

Are internal candidates treated any differently than external candidates?

Internal candidates are vetted in the same way as external candidates. All candidates are assessed based on the criteria laid out in the Presidential Search Profile. The committee very carefully selects the strongest candidates for further consideration based on the presidential search qualifications and experiences.

How will members of the CSB community participate in the search process?

Many members of the CSB community participated in the presearch visit that the consultants held in November. The search consultants were able to gather valuable information and insights about the institution and the presidency from their visit to campus. This information will be particularly valuable to the search consultants during the recruiting phase of the search process.

When finalist candidates are selected, the CSB community will be strongly encouraged to meet with each of the finalist candidates. In addition to a campus wide forum, finalist candidates will meet with all key constituent groups.  There will be multiple opportunities to meet with the candidates. An online feedback form will be distributed to all individuals who have met with the finalist candidates to ensure that we gather feedback on the finalist candidates. Feedback from the CSB community will be shared with the search committee as they deliberate on the strengths and concerns of each of the finalist candidates.

Will I have an opportunity to share my opinion of the finalists with the Search Committee?

Yes, in addition to sharing your feedback on finalists through the online feedback form, you can also share your thoughts with members of the search committee.

When will our next president take office?

The next president is expected to take office in summer 2014. The new president may be visible and meet with individuals on campus earlier in the summer, but the official start date will likely be at the beginning of July.