Update October 18, 2018

Brief Update on Presidential Search Process

October 18, 2018

Dear Wentworth Faculty, Staff, and Students:

On behalf of the Presidential Search Committee (PSC), I would like to encourage you to participate in the last series of listening sessions with our search firm, Russell Reynolds Associates (RRA), today – Thursday, October 18 in the afternoon.

Each stakeholder group has its own scheduled time in the Multipurpose Room in the Beatty Cafeteria as follows: Staff (2:15 pm – 3:15 pm); Faculty (3:30 pm – 4:30 pm), and Students (6:15 pm- 7:15 pm).

Additionally, I would like to encourage you to participate in an anonymous survey being administered by RRA to assist the PSC in collecting opinions from the Wentworth community about the priorities for, and desired qualities of, the next president. Feedback from the listening sessions and the survey will help the committee develop the position specification, which will be used in our recruiting efforts. The results of this survey will only be shared with the committee.

Here is a link to the survey: PSC Survey. We would appreciate you filling out this survey by Friday, October 26 as the committee works to finalize the position profile by the end of October.

Lastly, I would like to share an important decision regarding the presidential search, which I communicated with those participating in the listening sessions last week. After careful consideration and discussion, the PSC decided to pursue a confidential search process. This means that finalists will not visit campus. Instead, the PSC may ask a handful of individuals not on the search committee to meet confidentially with one or two finalists at the end of the process, partly for the benefit of the finalists, and partly to gather feedback from these individuals.

The PSC has made this decision based on the advice it received from RRA that the selection process needs to be confidential to attract and retain the highest caliber candidates. RRA, in addition to other presidential search firms that were interviewed by the PSC, shared that, given the high stakes nature of presidential searches today, most private colleges and universities have chosen a confidential process because many strong candidates will not enter a presidential search that includes campus visits, because such exposure has been known to jeopardize candidates’ ability to be effective in their current role and, in some cases, has even resulted in termination. Thus, the Presidential Search Committee determined that Wentworth would be best served by a confidential process for all candidates that attracts the best possible candidates to Wentworth.

The Search Committee membership was constituted using a thoughtful process that allowed stakeholders across campus to nominate, screen, and put forward a slate of recommended candidates for the committee. This was a robust process practicing shared governance principles at the Institute, and it resulted in a superb 15-member committee representing all stakeholders well. These individuals understand they represent, and are supported by, the Wentworth community, and that their charge is to put forward an exceptional group of presidential finalists from which the Board of Trustees will select a president.

We are now in an important stage in the search process. The PSC needs your input now both through the listening sessions and in the survey to help us shape the position specification. I urge you to engage in this part of the process and to contribute to the selection of the next Wentworth president.

Thank you for your time and valuable input.


Gregory B. Janey, Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Presidential Search Committee