Presidential Search Update

May 21, 2013

Presidential Search

Today, the Indiana Wesleyan University Board of Trustees elected Dr. David W. Wright as the ninth president in the institution's 93-year history.

In making the announcement, IWU Board Chair Carl Shepherd remarked, "Dr. Wright is both deeply rooted in the Wesleyan tradition and far-reaching in his vision as an educational entrepreneur. We look forward to his blending these strengths to help us navigate the rapidly changing nature of American higher education."

During his immediate past service as IWU's first Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Wright helped develop Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University, the School of Nursing, the School of Health Sciences initiative, the Ron Blue Institute for Financial Planning and the National Conversations: A Series of Dialogues About Society's Well Being.

Earlier in his career at IWU, Wright led the university's entry into online education and initiated the regional campus development strategy that helped IWU become Indiana's largest private university. His service to The Wesleyan Church and commitment to Christian scholarship helped ensure that this growth was established on the sure footing of the university's commitment to Christ-centered higher education.

Outside his tenure at IWU, Wright served as dean of the School of Theology at Azusa Pacific University and served in theological education ministries with The Wesleyan Church in England and Haiti. One of Dr. Wright's stated goals for his tenure as IWU's president is to broaden its global reach.

"The Wesleyan Church welcomes Dr. Wright in his new leadership role and believes his past experiences position him strategically to effectively lead at the intersection of the church, higher education and global opportunities of the 21st century," said Dr. Jo Anne Lyon, General Superintendent, The Wesleyan Church.

Wright earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Arts degree from George Fox University (Western Evangelical Seminary). He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian Ministries from Indiana Wesleyan University in 1977.

Commenting on his appointment as IWU's new president, Wright said, "It's a high honor, indeed a sacred trust, to accept the call to serve as President of my alma mater. There are many challenges facing college graduates in the 21st century and I believe with all my heart that Christian higher education is ideally suited to help them attach their gifts to society's greatest needs."

"I'm so grateful for the many people who prayed for the Search Team," said Presidential Search Committee Chair Karen Hollenbeck. "As we conducted a nationwide search, time after time the name of David Wright was recommended. These recommendations came from within the IWU community and from others all across the country.

"As we went through the process, God confirmed to the committee that David Wright was, indeed, the right choice," Hollenbeck said. "He has a deep love for and commitment to IWU, as well as to God and to The Wesleyan Church. When you combine that with his talents and experience, it is clear that God has been preparing him for this time in IWU history. I am excited about the future of IWU under his leadership."

Wright assumes office on July 1, 2013, succeeding Dr. Henry L. Smith, who will retire on June 30, 2013.

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March 15, 2013

The Presidential Search Committee is continuing to meet and review applications, and will soon begin the interview process. While we have several well-qualified candidates in the pool, we want to be certain that all those interested have had an opportunity to indicate that interest. If you or someone you know wishes to be considered for the Presidency, we encourage you to go to the website and complete your application within the next several days.

Please continue to pray daily that we will know God's leading as we move forward in the selection process.

Karen Hollenbeck, Chair
IWU President Search Committee

February 25, 2013

Thank you for the many prayers that are being offered every week as we continue the search for IWU's 9th President. I recently learned that IWU has designated Monday noon as time for prayer and fasting for the presidential search. Individuals come to the "prayer loft" in the Chapel Auditorium to pray during this time. The Presidential Search is also a focus of the Wednesday morning prayer walks. We are so grateful for a community that prays and believes that God will lead us to the person He has chosen for this important role.

Applications are arriving and the Search Team has begun reviewing them using an electronic system that allows each of us to review independently without being influenced by other members. Over a series of meetings during March-May, we anticipate continually refining the list of top candidates until we are ready to present a finalist to the IWU community.

Please continue to pray with us as we make decisions that will impact IWU for years to come!

Karen Hollenbeck, Chair
IWU President Search Committee

January 14, 2013

The Search Committee, through our consultant Search Firm, EFL Associates, is now ready to receive applications for the position of President of Indiana Wesleyan University.

In addition to spending much time in prayer, the past weeks have been devoted to receiving input from the IWU community on the qualities and characteristics desired in the new President. These have been incorporated into the attached Presidential Search Prospectus, along with a summary of IWU's history and the Opportunities and Challenges we see at the present time.

Anyone interested in applying or nominating someone is encouraged to review the Prospectus. Instructions for submitting applications and/or questions are included on the final page.

We continue to encourage each of you to join us in praying for the process, the people involved in finding, interviewing, and recommending a finalist to the Board of Trustees and the person God is calling to be the next President of IWU.

December 18, 2012

Over the past weeks, the Presidential Search Committee has been busy gathering information, requesting and reviewing proposals, and interviewing search firms to partner with them in the search for IWU's 9th President. After completing interviews and checking references, the firm of EFL Associates has been selected.

EFL Associates has a 30-year history of successfully identifying and attracting high caliber professionals. They also have extensive experience working with faith-based universities and other non-profit organizations. EFL Associates has its headquarters in Leawood, Kansas, and an office in Denver, Colorado.

The lead consultant working closely with us will be Jan Asnicar, Vice President of EFL Associates. Jan has personally led over 100 searches since joining EFL. Prior to joining EFL Associates, Jan's career was in higher education and educational consulting. She specialized in assisting institutions with the development of programs for adult learners and, in fact, assisted in the development of IWU's early Adult, Graduate and Online programs. We are pleased to have her as a partner and believe we will have a highly qualified and diverse pool of candidates as a result of her work.

It is anticipated an active search will begin by mid-January.

November 20, 2012

Desiring input from the entire IWU community, the Search Committee appointed an Advisory Committee composed of the following people:

Ed Hoover '48
Chair, Indiana Wesleyan University Presidential Search Advisory Committee;
Member, Indiana Wesleyan University Board of Trustees;
Retired Vice President, Marketing Landis & Gyr

Stephen Conrad
Associate Professor, Biology,
Indiana Wesleyan University College of Arts and Sciences

Pam Leslie '87
Assistant Professor, Indiana Wesleyan University School of Nursing

Robert Townsend
Associate Professor, School of Educational Leadership,
Indiana Wesleyan University College of Adult and Professional Studies

Sharon Drury '97
Professor, Graduate Studies in Leadership,
Indiana Wesleyan University Graduate School

Bob Whitesel
Professor, Wesley Seminary of Indiana Wesleyan University

Greg Smith '85
President, Indiana Wesleyan University Alumni Board

Cedric Johnson '58
Indiana Wesleyan University President's Advisory Council for Excellence

John Jones '94
Vice President, Indiana Wesleyan University Technology and Facilities Indiana Wesleyan University President's Cabinet

Aaron Augello
Indiana Wesleyan University Student Government Association President

Lori Moore '10
Staff Support Council Representative to the Board of Trustees Administrative Assistant for the Associate Vice President of Residence Life, Indiana Wesleyan University Student Development

Alex Huskey
Indiana Wesleyan University Citizens Advisory Council

The Advisory Committee met on November 15 to discuss 10 questions that had been provided by the Search Committee. Questions centered on the qualities and characteristics desired in Indiana Wesleyan University's ninth president. The Advisory Committee also reviewed and suggested edits to a Prospectus draft that will be used in the recruitment process. Input from the Advisory Committee significantly contributed to the work of the Presidential Search Committee and will be solicited at various points throughout the search process.

The Search Committee is receiving proposals from firms who may be engaged to assist in the search process. The Search Committee is on target to begin accepting applications early in 2013. The IWU community will be updated as additional information becomes available.

November 1, 2012

Appointed by the Board of Trustees, the Presidential Search Committee had its first meeting on October 29.

Confidentiality regarding candidate identities is of the utmost importance. Potential candidates in senior leadership roles may be deterred from making application without the assurance that their application will remain confidential. Consequently, each Search Committee member has signed a Confidentiality Agreement stating that all applicant information will be kept confidential during and after the search process. The Committee also decided to hire a firm to assist with the search process. Plans are to have a firm selected and prepared to begin accepting applications by early 2013.

Believing its work will only be successful as it is bathed in prayer, Committee members have committed to fasting and praying one meal a week during the search process. All IWU community members are encouraged to join the Committee in fasting and prayer.

An Advisory Committee, chaired by Ed Hoover, is being formed to provide an avenue for greater input from the IWU Community. Community members can expect to hear from one of the Committee members requesting input on some important issues.

The Search Committee plans to have the IWU President-elect assume his or her position on July 1, 2013.