Large field in runnning for Shepherd's top spot

January 04, 2007|by DAVE McMILLION

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - More than 120 people have applied to become the next president of Shepherd University and the person heading up the selection process said he hopes a new president can be announced in May.

John Sherwood, chairman of the search committee, considers the more than 120 applicants to be a large pool and thinks it can be attributed to the positive aspects of Shepherd.

When some colleges or universities are looking for presidents, sometimes the institutions are mired in crisis, Sherwood said.

Current Shepherd President David L. Dunlop, who announced recently that he would be retiring at the end of the academic year after 10 years at the helm, has been credited with leading Shepherd through "the most successful period in its history."

During his presidency at Shepherd, Dunlop managed an enrollment increase of 34 percent, oversaw construction projects totaling nearly $100 million and saw the school start graduate degree programs in school teacher preparation, music, college student development, and administration and business.


"We think this is one of the gems in West Virginia, and we want to continue building on the neat things Dr. Dunlop has done," Sherwood said.

The search for a new president is being conducted by a committee that includes three members of the school's board of governors, two lay members selected by Sherwood and three constituent members who represent faculty, classified staff and students, school officials said.

The committee will review each of the more than 120 applicants and narrow them to a list of candidates who will have off-campus interviews, Sherwood said.

The off-campus interviews are being conducted to ensure the confidentiality of the candidates, Sherwood said.

From those interviews, the committee will select a group of candidates for interviews at Shepherd University, Sherwood said.

During the campus interviews, candidates will meet with students, classified staff, faculty members and community leaders, among other groups, school officials said.

The committee will rank finalists for the job and the final decision for the presidency will be made by the school's board of governors, according to Shepherd's Web site.

Tracy Seffers, the non-classified employees representative on the search committee, said she was pleased how Sherwood worked to set up a search process that included all segments of the Shepherd University community.

"That's important for all of us," said Seffers, Shepherd's registrar.

On the Web

To learn more about Shepherd University's process for selecting a new president, go to the school's Web site at and click on Board of Governors.

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