Carnegie Mellon University

Dear Members of the Carnegie Mellon University Community,

We write to update you on the presidential search and to invite and encourage you to engage in the process by sharing your thoughts and suggesting candidates. Your participation will greatly enhance our search process, and we thank you in advance for your valuable contributions.

On Wednesday, October 25, the search committee will host a series of 45-minute campus forums, to which faculty, students, staff and alumni are invited. The goal of these forums is to provide an opportunity for you to meet members of the search committee, hear about the process, and obtain your input as we seek to identify and recruit our next president. The forums will be held in the Cohon University Center’s Connan Room and will be open only to members of the CMU community. To facilitate candid commentary, news media will not be permitted to attend. We will be recording the sessions to best capture your input.

In order to keep the sessions focused, we are inviting different university constituencies to attend one of two sessions devoted to their particular interests:

  • Students: 9-9:45 a.m., or 5-5:45 p.m.;
  • Faculty: 10-10:45 a.m., or 4-4:45 p.m.;
  • Staff: 12-12:45 p.m., or 3-3:45 p.m.;
  • and Alumni: 11-11:45 a.m., or 2-2:45 p.m.

In addition to encouraging you to attend the campus forums to share your thoughts, we want to introduce you to the Presidential Search website. This site provides additional information on the search committee, the search process, the search consultant team and the university, as well as a portal where you are encouraged to submit your confidential comments. We hope you will find this to be useful background material in advance of our open meetings.

A presidential search provides an important opportunity for a university to examine its priorities and plans. At the same time, as you will see on the website, the search offers an opportunity to reflect on and celebrate the extraordinary accomplishments of our faculty, staff, students and alumni. We echo the sentiments of Jim Rohr, chairman of the Board of Trustees, who observed that this is a time of tremendous momentum and unparalleled opportunity for CMU. We are commencing this search with confidence that we can recruit an outstanding leader who will embrace our culture and values, leverage our extraordinary strengths, bring attention to our numerous accomplishments and help build on our momentum.


Tod S. Johnson, Vice Chair, Board of Trustees; Chair, Presidential Search Committee
Jeanne VanBriesen, Chair, Faculty Senate; Faculty Co-chair, Presidential Search Committee