To the Lake Forest College Community,
I am writing with an update on our shared efforts to identify the College’s 14th president and a worthy successor to President Stephen Schutt.
I would like to thank all of you who participated in conversations with our consultants Shelly Storbeck, Ruth Shoemaker Wood, and Lindsay Allison from Storbeck Search. Your thoughtful comments provided the basis for the creation of the search prospectus, a valuable tool that will be used to solicit nominations and recruit candidates nationally. We invite you to review the finalized copy which is available here: https://www.lakeforest.edu/about-us/presidential-search/prospectus.
As you review the search prospectus, please pay particular attention to the attributes most highly desired in our new President. We urge you to suggest people you know who could serve effectively in this critically important position, or those you think might know of potential candidates. Please forward their names to Storbeck Search at: email@example.com. Please rest assured that names and information will be treated with full confidentiality.
Over the next several weeks, we will generate a national candidate pool through nominations received from you and others, sourcing outreach at other colleges and universities similar to Lake Forest College in scope and mission, advertising in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, and a number of other relevant websites, and the proactive direct outreach of our search firm. Later this fall, the search committee will begin to narrow the candidate pool. In preparation for this important role, I am pleased to share that all of our search committee members will undergo anti-bias training.
I will continue to send periodic updates, and you can learn more about the search process by visiting our Presidential Search website here: https://www.lakeforest.edu/about-us/presidential-search. If you have not yet provided your input, please visit the survey on our webpage to provide your feedback.
The search is off to a strong start. I will write to you again as we enter subsequent stages of the process. Thank you for your involvement and support.
Bill Lowry ‘84
Chair, Presidential Search Committee
Vice Chair, Board of Trustees