Trinity Chooses Search Firm to Assist in Selection of New President

Storbeck/Pimentel has Wealth of Experience in Executive-Level Searches

HARTFORD, CT, September 4, 2013 – Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, a national firm that specializes in senior-level searches for colleges and universities, has been chosen to assist in the selection of a president to succeed James F. Jones, Jr., who is retiring as Trinity’s president on June 30, 2014.

Storbeck/Pimentel has its main offices in Philadelphia and Los Angeles and satellite offices in Connecticut, Vermont and Virginia. Collectively, the staff of Storbeck/Pimentel has more than 90 years of experience in the executive-search industry and has conducted more than 1,800 high-level searches over the past 20 years.

The firm, whose mission is to find outstanding leaders who are uniquely suited to address the specific needs of the institution they serve while providing the highest level of service and collaboration, was selected by Trinity’s 14-member presidential search committee.

The members of that committee include Cornelia Parsons Thornburgh ’80, who is heading the committee and will chair the Board of Trustees beginning July 1, 2014; trustee Philip S. Khoury ’71; trustee William K. Marimow ’69; Paul E. Raether ’68, P’93, ’96, ’01, and current chair of the Board of Trustees; trustee William C. Richardson ’62; H’03; and trustee Rhea Pincus Turteltaub ’82. 

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. And the students are Josh J. Frank ’16, and Caroline B. Melly ’14. Ling S. Kwok ’94, is representing the Board of Fellows.

“The presidential search committee did a complete and thorough review of the top recruitment firms in the country,” said Thornburgh. “In selecting Storbeck/Pimentel, we have every confidence that we have chosen the best – a firm that will assist and guide us in the selection of a president who will continue to enhance Trinity’s proud tradition as one of the

nation’s premier liberal arts institutions. We are especially cognizant of that as the College approaches its 200th anniversary.”

In helping to guide the selection of a new president, Storbeck/Pimentel uses a four-step process: preparation, recruitment, evaluation and selection. One-third of the searches completed by the firm have been for the top leadership positions of president, chancellor or CEO.

The firm has worked with many of the country’s leading colleges and universities, among them, Pomona College, Swarthmore College, the California State University and University of California systems, Carnegie Mellon University, Johns Hopkins University, and Northwestern University. In Connecticut, Storbeck/Pimentel has been involved with Yale University, the University of Connecticut, the Connecticut State University system, Quinnipiac University, the University of Hartford, and Wesleyan University.

Jones, who became the 21st president of Trinity on July 1, 2004 and is also a professor in the humanities, announced his plans in May to retire at the end of the 2013-14 academic year. He 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.

During his tenure, Jones has overseen the multi-million dollar renovation of the Long Walk whose buildings comprise Trinity’s signature architectural appearance, as well as the renovation of the Gates Quadrangle, the Mather dining facilities, and Trinity Commons. Jones also led the College’s largest capital campaign in its long history, expanded Trinity’s study-abroad programs and has overseen the completion of the new Crescent Street residence halls and the re-invention of the Vernon Social Center as a gathering place for students.

As the search proceeds, mechanisms will be put in place so that the various members of the College’s constituent groups will be able to voice their opinions as to what kind of characteristics and qualities they would like the next president to possess.