Presidential Search

February 8, 2017

Dear St. Francis College Community,

Shortly after President Dugan’s untimely death, the Board of Trustees met and made two important decisions for the continued success of St. Francis College: The Trustees appointed Dr. Timothy J. Houlihan as Interim President and created a Presidential Search Committee. I write today with important updates about the search for our next President, including information on the process, timing and how you can be involved in the process.


This 13 member committee is made up of individuals who are not only trustees, faculty, administrators, alumni, a current student, and parents of alumni, but they possess a multitude of skills and serve a variety of roles throughout our community. Each has graciously offered to participate in what is an all-important, but time-consuming process. They are:

Board of TrusteesFaculty
Hector Batista ’84Dr. Kathleen Nolan
Msgr. John J. BrackenDr. Frank Sorrentino
Brother William A. Boslet, OSF ’70
Jean Desravines ’94Administration
Dr. Leslie JacobsonLinda Werbel Dashefsky
Michael MacchiarolaMadalyn M. Hanley ’80
Dr. Victor J. Masi ’89
Denis J. Salamone ’75 (Chair)Student
Phoebe Lee ’17
Assistant to the Committee
Dr. Alexandria M. Egler


The search committee has retained the firm of Witt/Kieffer to assist us during this process. Dennis Barden, Sheila Murphy, Kim Brettschneider and their team at Witt/Kieffer bring an enormous amount of experience and will be a great help to us in managing the content and logistics of the process and identifying the most promising candidates. Perhaps their most important role will be to meet with faculty, administration, alumni, and students and gather feedback about the qualities that should be exemplified by our next President. The Presidential Search Committee will communicate the dates and times of open meetings with Mr. Barden and Ms. Murphy. Whether you attend an open session or not, we hope that everyone will share feedback with the consultants and the search committee by participating in an online survey.

Your comments will be anonymous and confidential. Your responses will help the consultants, and subsequently the candidates, understand the mission, charism and culture of St. Francis College, the challenges the College will face in the next few years, and the qualities and skills the next President should possess in order to lead St. Francis College going forward.


With input from the St. Francis College community and advice from our search consulting firm, the Presidential Search Committee will determine the qualifications necessary in our next President. The position will be advertised and a process of application by interested candidates will commence. The Search Committee welcomes any suggestions you may have for candidates. Details of the application process and instructions will follow. The Search Committee will review applicants and, after lengthy interviews and due diligence, expects to recommend finalists for selection by the Board of Trustees at the end of the process.

It is the intention of the Presidential Search Committee and the Board of Trustees to install our next President by the start of the 2017/2018 academic year. However, we will take the time necessary to find the best candidate to lead St. Francis College into the future even if the process goes beyond the beginning of the next academic year.

Denis J. Salamone’75, Chair of the Presidential Search Committee and a member of the College’s Board of Trustees, will provide periodic updates to the community through the St. Francis College website at These updates will explain where we are in the process, the next steps and timing as we know it. We will be as open as possible about the process, but the identity of the candidates and the discussions and deliberations of the Committee will not be disclosed to protect the privacy of the candidates.

Thank you in advance for your support and participation in this important process.


John F. Tully’67
Chair, Board of Trustees