FREDERICK, Md.—The process of selecting the next president of Hood College has begun with the selection of an executive search firm and a 13-member committee comprising College trustees, faculty, staff members, an alumna and a student.
The 11th president of Hood will succeed Ronald J. Volpe, who in May announced that he would retire this summer at the end of his 14th year at Hood.
Four trustees, three of whom are alumnae of the college; two faculty members; a student; an alumni representative; and a staff member comprise the presidential search committee. Trustees Jim Reinsch and Amy Chan will serve as co-chairs. R.H. Perry & Associates, a widely respected executive recruiting firm that specializes in placing executives in higher education, will lead the process. It is the same firm that assisted the trustees of the College in finding and hiring President Volpe in 2001, who was then the chief academic officer at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.
The committee will first meet with the R.H. Perry representatives on September 17 to define the search process and prepare a timetable. The search is expected to take approximately six months and will consist of five phases: developing an executive profile and advertising the position; developing and executing a national recruitment strategy; identifying, selecting and interviewing candidates and selecting a finalist; checking the finalist's credentials and background; and finalizing the appointment. In the coming weeks input will be sought from faculty, students, staff and alumni on the characteristics that are essential for the next president.
A special website with details about the search and forms for people to nominate candidates and to suggest desired characteristics of the next president is at www.hood.edu/presidentialsearch.