February 11, 2014
Dear Members of the Trinity College Community:
Trinity’s Presidential Search Committee of 14
members, which includes alumni, students, faculty, staff, and trustees,
has been meeting regularly both by phone and in person since my last communication to you. We have used our gatherings to thoroughly review a strong candidate pool.
This next stage of the search process is
highly confidential. Candidates are understandably concerned that word
of their interest not "leak" and, accordingly, we are not at liberty to
discuss in this letter any particulars about the pool other than to say
we have a robust and diverse group. Trinity’s profile has drawn both
traditional candidates from academic settings along with some
nontraditional applicants. Most importantly, all share extremely
strong credentials for the role as Trinity’s next president.
The search is progressing on schedule with
the aim to have in hand a list of finalists later in the spring,
followed by our committee's recommendation of the top candidate to be
presented to the Board of Trustees. It continues to be our objective to
have a seamless transition between President Jones's retirement in June
and our new president's arrival.
We are very grateful for the letters and
calls many of you have undertaken to bring candidates to our attention.
It is abundantly clear to me that the Trinity community is extremely
supportive of helping us find the right person to lead our College at
this most critical juncture in our institution’s history. Thank you for
your engagement in the process, the insights you have offered, and the
convictions you have shared. Above all, thank you for your love of
Trinity that has been apparent throughout and upon which we will
continue to rely.
Cornie Thornburgh ‘80
Chair, Presidential Search Committee