CMU releases Presidential Leadership Profile for national search

Hundreds of university community members contributed to recruitment tool

| Author: Ari Harris | Media Contact: Aaron Mills

As Central Michigan University begins the search for its 16th president, the CMU Board of Trustees has released a new Presidential Leadership Profile document. The profile showcases the university’s academic and co-curricular programs and outlines expectations for the university’s next leader.

Approximately 200 students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors, community partners and supporters participated in the April listening sessions hosted by search firm WittKieffer. Additionally, 350 individuals submitted feedback using an online form.

Denise Williams Mallett, Ed.D., vice chair of the CMU Board of Trustees and chair of the presidential search advisory committee, said the community’s input was invaluable to the development of the search criteria.

“Our goal was to make the search process as inclusive as possible and to ensure we received input from a wide variety of university stakeholders,” Williams Mallett said. “The search consultants reviewed and synthesized all the information we received and used it as a foundation for the leadership profile.”

The leadership profile outlines the role of the president, the opportunities and expectations for leadership, and the professional qualifications and personal qualifications desirable for the university’s next leader. The 48-page document also provides a high-level overview of the university and its mission, vision and values; the academic colleges and student support services; the Mount Pleasant community and surrounding region; and more.

Next steps for the search

As outlined in the presidential search timeline, the university will spend the summer months advertising the position, soliciting nominations and engaging WittKieffer to assist with intentional, targeted outreach to potential candidates.

Members of the CMU community also are encouraged to nominate candidates for consideration. To recommend a candidate, individuals should send an email to that includes the candidate’s name, email address and phone number.

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