September 4, 2013

To the Trinity Community:

With the start of classes yesterday, Trinity commemorates 190 years of academic excellence. This day, too, allows us to begin to honor President James F. Jones, Jr. as he enters the final year of what will be his decade-long presidency at the helm of our College. President Jones will retire in June 2014, having strengthened our academic foundations, completed the largest capital campaign in our history, and overseen dramatic on-campus improvements that include renovations to the Long Walk and the Gates Quad, creation of a new student center on Vernon Street, and opening of new residence halls on Crescent Street. To be sure, we all look forward to celebrating President Jones’s accomplishments as he lays the capstone on his distinguished career.

We also look forward to the challenge and opportunity of selecting a successor to lead the College.  I am excited—and frankly humbled—to lead the search committee for a new president of Trinity College.  And so, today, we begin this search in earnest by announcing the selection of the firm that will be our partner in this process: Storbeck/Pimentel and Associates, with Shelly Storbeck and Anne Coyle representing this highly regarded and respected educational search firm. With their guidance and with a very representative search committee that comprises trustees, faculty, students, alumni, and staff, we are highly focused on finding the right individual to lead Trinity as we approach the College’s 200th anniversary in 2023.

The search committee welcomes your thoughts. We are planning a number of forums for various constituencies where you may voice your views about the characteristics our next president should possess and suggestions for Trinity’s next leader.  The calendar of upcoming on-campus forums will be posted on our website at  Additionally, we want your feedback even if you cannot attend a forum. An online survey is available on the Trinity College Web site, along with opportunities to leave comments and submit nominations. We encourage you to complete the survey as soon as possible by accessing this link. We encourage everyone in our community to avail themselves of one or more of these channels for communication with the search committee. 

Our next task is to develop a prospectus that articulates Trinity’s strengths and challenges and enumerates the desired qualifications in our next president.  Your input will help guide the content of this document. We value your opinion and recognize that part of the search committee’s success is dependent on how well we describe for candidates the attributes we seek and the wide-ranging goals we will place before our next president.

Thank you for your support and help in the months ahead. We will continue to provide updates on the progress of our search, which will be posted to the College Web site.

We look forward to hearing from you.  


Cornelia Parsons Thornburgh ’80
Chair, Presidential Search Committee