Search Committee Named to Help Choose Successor to President Jones

Panel will consist of Faculty, Staff, Students, Parents and Trustees

HARTFORD, CT, July 8, 2013 – The names of the 14 members of a search committee, designated to help select a successor to Trinity President James F. Jones, Jr., was announced Monday by Cornelia Parsons Thornburgh ’80, chair of the committee and the alumna who will head the Board of Trustees beginning July 1, 2014.

Jones, who became the 21st president of Trinity on July 1, 2004 and is also a professor in the humanities, disclosed his plans in May to retire on June 30, 2014. He will be leaving the office of the presidency the same day that Paul E. Raether is stepping down as the longest-serving chair of the Board of Trustees in the history of the College.

Jones will have served as president of Trinity for 10 years, having arrived from Kalamazoo College in Michigan, where he was president from 1996 to 2004. Prior to that, Jones was vice provost of Southern Methodist University and dean of Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, and before that, a professor of romance languages and literatures at Washington University in St. Louis.

In announcing the creation of the Presidential Search Committee, Thornburgh said its members “represent our major constituent groups – faculty, staff, students, alumni, parents, the Board of Trustees, the Board of Fellows, and the community.” Thornburgh thanked the members in advance for the time commitment and “thoughtful decision-making” that each will bring to the task.

The faculty members are Sean Cocco, associate professor of history; Susan A. Masino, professor of psychology and neuroscience; and Craig W. Schneider P’99, Charles A. Dana Professor of Biology. The staff members include Suzanne L. Aber P’13, director of information technology, and Jason Rojas M’12, director of community relations.

Josh J. Frank ’16, and Caroline B. Melly ’14, are the students on the committee, and Ling S. Kwok ’94, will represent the Board of Fellows.

The alumni and members of the Board of Trustees are Philip S. Khoury ’71; William K. Marimow ’69; Raether ’68, P’93, ’96, ’01; William C. Richardson ’62, H’03; Thornburgh; and Rhea Pincus Turteltaub ’82.

It is anticipated that the search committee will begin its work in earnest later this summer. Various mechanisms will be set up so that members of constituent groups and individuals will be able to voice their opinions. A search firm, expected to be on board by the end of the summer, will assist the committee.

“In short,” said Thornburgh, “our goal is to ensure that all who wish to express their views about the ideal characteristics of the next president will have the opportunity to do so.”