College Begins Search Process for Next President

PHOTO: Search profile coverMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- The search for a successor to outgoing SUNY Orange President Dr. William Richards has begun with the release of the College’s Executive Search Profile by the Board of Trustees through its Presidential Search Committee.

Richards, who announced his retirement this past May, will be concluding his 12-year tenure next summer. Board Chair Helen Ullrich and Search Committee Chair Joan Wolfe hope to have a candidate selected and prepared to assume the College’s top leadership spot in July 2015. Review of applications will begin on Dec. 5 and continue until the position is filled.

The Executive Search Profile contains an overview of SUNY Orange, a detailed explanation of the College’s goals and expectations of the next president, and the personal and professional qualifications by which the candidates will be evaluated. It also contains application/nomination instructions, a table of SUNY Orange facts and contact information for the committee’s consultant, RH Perry and Associates, who will help coordinate the search.

The profile is available online at the SUNY Orange web site ( and the RH Perry and Associates web site (

The search will be conducted by a 27-member search committee that includes representatives from all sectors of the College community (faculty, staff and students) as well as Trustees and members of the community-at-large. The committee was appointed by the College’s nine-member Board of Trustees at its September meeting and conducted its first meeting last week.

The search process is confidential, both as to the candidates who apply and the work of the search committee. At the end of the process, the search committee will submit up to five preferred candidates to the Board of Trustees for its final decision. Once the Board has chosen its finalist, the name of the selected candidate will be forwarded to the State University of New York Board of Trustees for ratification.

To ensure full consideration, materials should be received by Dec. 5. Candidates will be expected to email a cover letter that addresses the goals and expectations and professional and personal qualifications identified within the search profile document as critical by the College; a current résumé; and the names and contact information of three professional references to: Suggestions of candidates may also be directed to Liz Rocklin at: The consultant will follow up with all suggested individuals and will be able to maintain the confidentiality of the candidates’ possible interest in the position.

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