College of Wooster's board announces presidential search plans

Interim leader will guide school during 2015-16 academic year

28 February, 2015 by John Hopkins

WOOSTER, Ohio  – William A. Longbrake, chair of The College of Wooster’s board of trustees, today announced plans for two presidential searches: one for an interim leader to guide the school during the 2015-2016 academic year, and one to pick a permanent successor to Grant H. Cornwell, who will leave Wooster to become president of Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., on July 1.

Mary Neagoy ’83, vice chair of the board, will chair both searches.

In addition to Neagoy, a former senior communications executive in the media and sports industries, the interim presidential search committee consists of trustees Jayne Chambers ’76, senior vice president of the American Federation of Hospitals, and Solomon Oliver ’69, chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio; Carolyn Newton, the college’s provost; and Greg Shaya, associate professor of history. The group will work with search consultant Tom Courtice of AGB Interim Search.

“It is important that a qualified candidate to serve as interim president be identified as quickly as reasonably possible,” Longbrake said. “Our goal is for the committee, after soliciting and evaluating candidates, to recommend one to the board prior to its May meeting.”

The search committee to find a permanent replacement for Cornwell will include seven trustees in addition to Neagoy. There will be eight non-trustee members, including Steve Graff, president of the college’s alumni association; Laurie Houck, vice president for development and alumni relations; four faculty members, to be elected by the faculty; a staff member; and Emily Howerton, a second-year student.

The other trustees on the search committee are: 

Dr. Rich Bowers ’82, Sewickley Eye Group
Jayne Chambers ’76, senior vice president, Federation of American Hospitals
Jim DeRose ’72, principal, DeRose Partners, LLC
Doon Foster ’80, community volunteer and philanthropist  
Karen Lockwood ’72, executive director, National Institute for Trial Advocacy
Bill Longbrake, board chair
Dale Perry, retired director of corporate analytical center, 3M

The committee will engage a search consultant and conduct an active national search to develop a pool of highly qualified candidates. They will adopt a timetable for their work that will lead to the appointment of a president by February 2016, or as soon thereafter as possible. It is anticipated that the new president will take office in the summer of 2016.

The College of Wooster is America’s premier college for mentored undergraduate research. Wooster offers an excellent, comprehensive liberal arts education, culminating in a rigorous senior project, in which each student works one-on-one with a faculty mentor to conceive, organize and complete a significant research project on a topic of the student’s own choosing. Through this distinctive program, every Wooster student develops abilities valued by employers and graduate schools alike: independent judgment, analytical ability, creativity, project-management and time-management skills, and strong written and oral communication skills. Founded in 1866, the college enrolls approximately 2,000 students.