By Joseph Pratt
The search for a new president has been underway at Shawnee State University (SSU), after current President Dr. Rita Morris announced that she plans on retirement as of June 30, 2015.
A Shawnee State University Presidential Search Committee was formed shortly after the announcement and members of it have been meeting in various locations throughout Ohio to discuss their plans for a new commander in chief. Earlier this week, Chair of the Shawnee State University Presidential Search Committee Jack McCoy appointed university and community members to serve on an advisory committee that will assist the Presidential Search Committee in the identification and selection of Shawnee State’s next president.
“As trustees, we are focused on finding the right leader who will keep Shawnee State moving forward and continue to advance higher education and its role in improving our communities,” Jack McCoy, Presidential Search Committee chair, said. “We’ve established a process that will help us accomplish that and we look forward to working with internal and external groups as we progress.”
This advisory committee is just one more step in finding a suitable match for the campus.
“The Advisory Committee will help ensure that diverse perspectives are considered throughout the search process,” McCoy, who will also chair the Advisory Committee, said. “This group will provide counsel to the search committee to help us identify candidates who will continue to move Shawnee State University forward.”
Selected members include: Jonica Burke, director of institutional finance at SSU; Zack Burton, president of SSU’s Student Government Association; Leeann Denning, associate professor in SSU’s Department of Nursing; Craig Gilliland, director of financial support services at Southern Ohio Medical Center; Gail Miller, nurse practitioner with Compass Community Health; Roberta Milliken, professor in SSU’s Department of English and Humanities; Mark Morgan, co-owner of Morgan Bros. Jewelers; Beth Rockwell, facilities representative at SSU; Scott Schmidt, president/owner of Schmidt Family Restaurant Group; Rev. Sallie Schisler, Christ Episcopal Church in Ironton; Marc Scott, assistant professor in SSU’s Department of English & Humanities; Bob Trusz, interim vice president for student affairs at SSU; and Frank Waller, owner of Waller Bros. Stone Company.
The committee will assist in the development of an executive profile identifying the background, experience, competencies and attributes of Shawnee State’s next president, develop interview themes and assessment protocols for the Advisory Committee’s interviews of finalists, and help introduce the new president to the university and community.
The board is working under the goal of having the new president identified by mid-spring 2015.
More information on the committee, as well as updates on the search, may be found on the university’s website at www.shawnee.edu/presidential-search.
Joseph Pratt can be reached at 740-353-3101, EXT 1932, or @JosephPratt03.