Converse Hall in Front of the Wasatch Mountains

President Search

Process

The President of Westminster College is appointed by the Board of Trustees. The President Search Committee, comprised of representatives from across campus, will screen and interview candidates before making an official recommendation to the board.

Presidential Search Update

The Westminster College President Search Committee, with assistance from Isaacson-Miller, has completed face-to-face interviews with nine semi-finalists. Following each interview, the committee met to review the strengths and weaknesses of the individual as they relate to the Opportunity and Challenge Profile we created earlier in the process. Once all of the semi-finalist interviews were completed the Search Committee convened to narrow the list of semi-finalists to four finalists. These finalists have now been invited to return to Salt Lake City for more in-depth interviews later in February.

These late-February interviews will be conducted by the Search Committee, but with additional representatives from our key stakeholder groups and additional trustees. The additional campus representatives are:
 
Faculty: Jen Simonds and Heather Batchelor
Staff:  Kerry Case
Alumni:  Chett Boxley
Student:  Elaine Sheehan
Deans:  Melanie Agnew
Administration:  Curtis Ryan
 
Following these interviews, the Search Committee will convene to review input from the additional stakeholder representatives and trustees, and to prepare a recommendation for consideration by the full Board of Trustees. The aim of the Search Committee is to present the single best overall candidate to the Board. The trustees will meet in late March to consider and vote on the Search Committee’s recommendation.

I again want to sincerely thank the members of the Search Committee for their voluntary commitment of time and talent to help make the selection process as robust as possible. In addition to the time they spend in meetings, all members of the search committee devote many hours to reading and reviewing the search materials, and thinking deeply about which attributes of a new president are most critical. My thanks also go out to Julie Freestone, who has been doing great job supporting the committee’s work. Lastly, I want to thank Isaacson-Miller for helping to guide us through a rigorous process, and for bringing us such an amazing suite of candidates.

Preston Chiaro
Chair, President Search Committee

About Westminster

At Westminster, we believe a college education is about more than just earning a degree—it’s about launching a meaningful life. As the only private liberal arts college in Utah, our unique academic programming balances the lifelong curiosity initiated by a liberal arts tradition with the immediacy of professional programs that jump-start careers.


Student Profile

2,692

total enrollment

2,127

undergraduate students

565

graduate students

9:1

student-to-faculty ratio

16

student average class size

50%

out-of-state students


Service and Community

102,000+

hours of student community service

1,900+

students participate in service-learning

$180 million+

in annual economic benefit


Academics

41

undergraduate majors

12

graduate degrees

5

academic schools

Our Schools

  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business
  • School of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • School of Education
  • Honors College

The Great Outdoors, Right in Your Backyard

20

Minutes

From breathtaking hikes.

30

Minutes

To world-class skiing.

4

Hours

To 5 famous national parks.

Location

Salt Lake City skyline

Salt Lake City

With a metro area population of 1.2 million, Salt Lake is a small city with a lot going on: a long tradition of performing arts, an innovative food scene that builds upon a heritage of small family farms, and a booming tech industry for which Salt Lake was dubbed the “Silicon Slopes.”

Students studying petroglyphs in Southern Utah

Utah

Utah is home to some of the best outdoor recreation in the country. Westminster’s campus is just four hours from five national parks: Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Arches, and Canyonlands. The Sundance Film Festival takes place in Park City every year. And Utah has the Best Economy in the Nation (WalletHub, 2016).

Westminster College student reading on a campus lawn

Campus

Westminster’s 32-acre campus is comprised of 29 college facilities, including residence halls, art and performance spaces, and a state-of-the-art, LEED certified science center. Classrooms, labs, and community spaces are surrounded by trees and green spaces, and Emigration Creek runs through the heart of campus.

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