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Transylvania University Board of Trustees names presidential search committee

LEXINGTON, Ky.—Transylvania University Board of Trustees Chairman William T. Young Jr. announced today a 14-member search committee for the 25th president of the 229-year old liberal arts college. Transylvania’s longest tenured president, Charles L. Shearer, announced to the board in October that he would retire as president at the end of June.

“Leading the search for a new president for this remarkable university is the most important work of the board of trustees this year,” said Young. “I am very pleased with the make-up of the committee. In assembling the committee, we sought to achieve balance in expertise and experience.”

He said that the committee represents the university’s trustees, faculty, staff, students and alumni, but individual members are not charged with representing a constituency. “Each member represents the university as a whole,” he said.

The Transylvania University presidential search committee is comprised of the following members:

William M. Arvin ’61, attorney, William M. Arvin Law Offices
Karen K. Caldwell ’77, United States District Judge, Eastern District of Kentucky
John S. Carroll, veteran journalist and former editor of the Los Angeles Times, The Baltimore Sun, The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Lexington Herald-Leader
Norwood (Buddy) Cowgill ’65, CEO, Office Suites Plus
Rose Mary Stamler Dow ’88, president, Signal Investment, Inc.
Ann Rosenstein Giles ’75, president, A.J. Marketing Partners
James F. Hardymon, retired chairman and CEO, Textron, Inc.
James G. Kenan III, chairman, Kentucky River Properties, LLC.
William T. Young Jr., chairman, W.T. Young, LLC

Faculty and Staff
John (Jack) Furlong, professor of philosophy
Marc A. Mathews ‘80, vice president for finance and business
Nancy Coleman Wolsk, professor of art history
David L. Shannon, professor of mathematics

Grant T. Buckles ‘11

Young will convene the committee as chair. “One of our first orders of business will be to select an executive search firm to assist the committee,” he said. “We issued a request for proposals to three national firms, and at our first meeting we hope to identify the one that will best meet our needs.”

For more information on the search, visit www.transy.edu/about/president_search