After President Lewis Duncan stepped down over the summer, the Board of Trustees appointed Interim President Craig McAllaster. Now, Rollins is in the middle of an approximately year long search to find its fifteenth president.
The search committee has fourteen members, including trustees, alumni, faculty, staff, students, and parents. The Chair of the search committee is Allan Keen, a trustee of Rollins, and the Vice Chair, Dr. Susan Johnston, is also a trustee. Some of the other members of the search committee are Elise Ablin, SGA President; Dr. Mamta Accapadi, Vice President for Student Affairs; and Dr. Carol Lauer.
The school has also hired Storbeck/Pimental & Associates, a company that specializes as executive search consultants. Past presidential searches that the company have assisted with were at the University of Wisconsin, Bates College, and Carnegie Mellon University.
A 26 page job description is available on the Rollins website. The extensive packet includes information on Rollins College, such as the history of the campus and its statistics. Furthermore, the description includes a section detailing job requirements and the challenges the next president will face.
“I have been trying to keep students involved in the process by listening to what students value and what qualities the committee should be looking for in the next Rollins President,” said Ablin. Last semester there was a forum was held for students who were interested in discussing the new president and giving opinions, which only about fifteen students attended. There is also a survey that was emailed to all students that allows them to give feedback and comments on the new president.
Due to the secrecy surrounding the presidential search, it is unclear how many candidates remain in the process, or when they will be visiting the campus.