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Message from Search Committee Chair, Charles "Chuck" Smith

OCTOBER 2, 2013

Charles H. SmithMembers of the USF Community,

I am honored to serve as Chair of the Presidential Search Committee. In this role, one of my most important responsibilities is to inform members of our community – students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the University – on the presidential search procedures and progress. For that reason, you will receive periodic messages from me.

Listening Sessions

We are eager to receive input from the University community on its vision for the University’s future and the qualities we should seek in our next president. Listening Sessions have been scheduled for students, faculty, staff, the Jesuit community, Leadership Team, and alumni. The schedule is posted on our website. An online survey will also be available for providing input. The survey will be open from October 16 to 28 and a link to the survey will be distributed via email.

Presidential Search Website and Email Addresses

The primary source of information on the search progress will be the website, which is now live. In addition, you are invited to send comments and questions throughout the search to We also welcome nominations of candidates submitted directly to our search consultants, Isaacson Miller –

Presidential Search Committee (PSC)

The most important responsibility of the Board of Trustees is hiring a president. Accordingly, the Presidential Search Committee is comprised of current and former trustees deeply committed to this task. They will recommend a finalist to the Board of Trustees for its consideration.

Search Advisory Committee (SAC)

The Search Advisory Committee plays a vital role in the search process. Members will facilitate the Listening Sessions, synthesize the feedback from all constituents, communicate this feedback to the Presidential Search Committee and provide feedback on a finalist. Teresa Win, Trustee Emerita, Class of 1985, has agreed to serve both as Chair of the SAC and Vice Chair of the PSC.

Thanks to Father Privett and all of you, USF is well positioned to attract a deep pool of strong national candidates. We are confident that a thorough search process, drawing on the collective wisdom of our community, will successfully bring us another outstanding president to lead the University.

Charles H. Smith
Vice Chair, Board of Trustees
Chair, Presidential Search Committee