The presidential search committee is still in the process of selecting a new university president, who is scheduled to take office July 1.
According to Student Publications archives, President Robert Henry announced his retirement in a June 8 email saying he planned to step down officially in June 2018 after his eighth year in the position. After his announcement, he took a medical leave from Aug. 7 to Sept. 19 and is currently the university’s acting president again.
Dr. Ron Norick, chair of the presidential search committee, sent out an email Oct. 11 with updates regarding the presidential search. The presidential search committee is developing a position profile and marketing materials for potential candidates and the broader community.
“While passive recruitment has already begun, we anticipate the official launch of the active recruitment phase of the search process to begin early next month,” Norick wrote.
Stakeholder focus groups were led by Jan Asnicar, executive search consultant. Information gathered from the focus groups and a survey will be released to the campus in the near future, according to the email from Norick.
The committee projects to have preliminary interviews completed by February 2018.
The OCU law dean search will move forward after the presidential search is completed, Norick wrote.
Some students said they have specific desires for the future president.
“This school has so many amazing programs and events,” said Gracie Lewis, acting senior. “I think it’s important for our next university president to be interested and active in every aspect of life here at OCU.”
A website regarding the search is currently being created. Norick encourages the campus community to contact Asnicar at email@example.com for questions or to nominate a candidate in the meantime.