Rio hires AGB Search; announces Presidential Search Committee

April 16, 2014

RIO GRANDE, Ohio – The University of Rio Grande has hired AGB Search to coordinate the national search for its 22nd president.

Founded by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges in 2010, AGB Search has assisted more than 215 searches at more than 157 institutions.

“The Association of Governing Boards is one of the most respected institutions in higher education,” said Jack Finch, chair of the University of Rio Grande Board of Trustees. “Hiring AGB Search grants Rio Grande access to a robust network of resources to ensure our presidential search produces the right candidate to lead Rio Grande.”

Finch co-chairs the joint Presidential Search Commission along with Rio Grande Community College Board of Trustees Chair Shawn Saunders. The commission is tasked with providing oversight and direction for the national search and transition.

Rio Grande’s 22nd president will follow President Dr. Barbara Gellman-Danley, who has been appointed president of the Higher Learning Commission effective July 7. The HLC is a nonprofit regional accrediting agency that accredits more than 1,000 colleges and universities with a home base in one of 19 states stretching from West Virginia to Arizona.

AGB Search’s primary responsibility in Rio Grande’s presidential search is to identify and recruit quality candidates from an inclusive and diverse network that is the result of more than 92 years of AGB service to board members and administrators throughout the landscape of higher education.

AGB Search also will provide support for a successful transition of leadership at Rio Grande following the hire of its 22nd president.

Dr. Loren J. Anderson will serve as Rio Grande’s AGB Search consultant. Dr. Anderson completed 20 years as president of Pacific Lutheran University in 2012 and has 40 years of experience in higher education to draw from in assisting Rio Grande with its presidential search.

“It’s an honor for me to work with the Presidential Search Commission at Rio Grande,” Dr. Anderson said. “The University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College represent a partnership that is unique in higher education that provides a vital and essential educational resource.”

Dr. Anderson met with Rio Grande administrators, faculty, staff, students, trustees and community stakeholders throughout Monday and Tuesday in order to develop a formal presidential search profile. Once finalized by the Presidential Search Commission, the search will officially launch through national advertisement and promotion in leading higher education trade publications and the extensive networks affiliated with AGB and Dr. Anderson.

May will be devoted to the building of an extensive candidate pool, with evaluation of applications to begin in early June by the Presidential Search Committee. Finalists will be brought to campus in mid July for final interviews.

Presidential Search Committee members include: URG Board member, Gallia County Coroner and co-chair Dr. Daniel H. Whiteley; RGCC Board member, Farmers Bank & Savings Co. President and co-chair Paul Reed; URG Board member and Information Investors Group Managing Director Ronald K. Glover; URG Board member and Sullivan University System Senior Vice President/Chief Operating Officer Thomas F. Davisson; RGCC Board member and Adelmann & Clark, Inc. President Andrew Adelmann; RGCC Board member and Atomic Credit Union Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel Aaron C. Michael; Rio Grande Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance Tim Pruett; Rio Grande Executive Vice President/Vice President of Institutional Advancement Paul Harrison; Rio Grande Community College Vice President of Administration Rebecca Long; Rio Grande College of Health and Behavioral Sciences Dean Dr. Donna Mitchell; Rio Grande Associate Professor Dr. Jacob White; Rio Grande Professor Dr. Ray Matura; Rio Grande Assistant Professor Jason Winters; Rio Grande Student Senate President Samantha Hammond; and Kyger Dental’s Timothy V. Kyger, DDS.

“This is an exciting time for Rio Grande with a wealth of promising opportunities lurking on the horizon,” said Saunders, chair of the RGCC Board and co-chair of the Presidential Search Commission. “The level of engagement and commitment from the entire Rio Grande community has been a pleasure to witness as we begin this national search for our 22nd president. These next few months will shape the future of Rio Grande and our region.”

Founded in 1876 and nestled in the beautiful rolling hills of southeastern Ohio, the University of Rio Grande serves as an oasis of learning, innovation and technology. The 190-acre residential campus strikes a balance of liberal arts and experiential learning to prepare students for successful lives as responsible citizens in a culturally diverse, global community. An epicenter of cultural enrichment, Rio offers students a nurturing environment focused on the needs of the individual with a student-faculty ratio of 16:1 and a plethora of extracurricular activities ranging from Student Senate to Greek life, and intercollegiate athletics.

As president of the University of Rio Grande, the 22nd president also will preside over Rio Grande Community College. The unique partnership provides students enhanced professional networking and philanthropic engagement opportunities through improved student convenience with centers in Meigs and Vinton Counties, while granting students from Ohio, and select counties in Kentucky, with state supported tuition.