Reinhardt University’s search for its 20th president has taken three important steps forward. A search committee has been announced, an experienced search firm and consultant have been selected and a tentative timeline has been approved. The University’s current president, Dr. J. Thomas Isherwood, will retire on June 30, 2015.
William G. Hasty, Jr. of Canton, Ga., is chairing the search committee. As the chair of Reinhardt’s Board of Trustees and an alumnus, Hasty is very familiar with the institution’s opportunities and challenges.
“Reinhardt has made extraordinary progress during Dr. Isherwood’s tenure,” Hasty said. “He always placed Reinhardt first. As a visionary leader, he had the ability to accomplish the university’s goals and his own goals. It has been a pleasure working with him. I’m confident that his hard work, along with the University’s many successes, will help us find a skilled and personable leader who will continue the University’s positive momentum.”
The 19-person search committee contains representatives from varied campus constituencies and the community, including Hasty, trustees Marshall Day, Sr., Sharon Gay, James Hasson, Jr., the Hon. Ellen McElyea, the Rev. Dr. James Mooneyhan, Ken White, and Kathy Young; faculty members Dr. Jonathan Good, Dr. Katherine E. Hyatt and Dr. Dennis K. McIntire; staff members Julie C. Fleming, Bill C. Popp and Virginia R. Tomlinson,; student government president Alexander Bryant; Alumni Board of Governors president Ryan Satterfield; community resident and former Cherokee County School Board Superintendent Marguerite Cline; president emeritus Dr. Floyd A. Falany; and committee secretary Kelly M. Morris.
In the committee’s first meeting in late August, AGB Search consultant Dr. Jim Davis was selected to support the search. Davis has worked with AGB Search for three years and has worked with more than 15 presidential searches at private colleges in the Southeast. The committee also agreed on a tentative schedule: recruiting, screening and interviewing will take place during the fall and early winter, and the new president will be selected in early February 2015.
To shape the presidential profile, the search committee will solicit input from students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community. Davis will visit Reinhardt in September to gather input from the University’s internal constituencies. Search progress, including summaries of committee meetings, will be posted to the University website at www.reinhardt.edu/search2015.
For additional information, please see www.reinhardt.edu/search2015 or contact Billy Hasty via KM@reinhardt.edu.