Dear Olin community,

Thank you to those of you who have participated in the series of presidential search listening sessions the Olin community has engaged in over the past eight months. In every instance the conversations have been informative and thoughtful, and we are grateful for your enthusiastic and continued engagement.

Now we offer one additional and important way to voice your thoughts. We invite all members of the greater Olin community to participate in a short survey. This survey focuses on the opportunities and challenges for Olin’s next president, as well as the personal qualities and characteristics needed for this position. We would deeply appreciate it if you could take a few moments before June 7 to complete the survey.

Many of you know by now that we have selected the executive search firm of Witt/Kieffer to partner with us as we search for -- and select-- Olin’s next president. Witt/Kieffer knows our community well, having conducted at least eight high-level searches for Olin in the recent past. Lucy Leske, a senior partner with the firm, and her colleague Phil Tang bring their significant experience in executive recruitment to this process and we are delighted to engage with them. You can find out more about Witt/Kieffer on their website.

Survey responses will be collected directly by Witt/Kieffer, and you may fill out the survey anonymously if you prefer. You may access the survey here

Starting in October with Dialog and Donuts, continuing through an Acronym coffee in November, and followed by community listening sessions in March in the Norden Auditorium, SLAC and the Library, as well as other constituent-focused events, Olin students, faculty, staff and alumni have engaged in more than 15 unique opportunities to share their thoughts on the presidential search. Together with the information and ideas generated throughout this listening phase and during the on-campus community retreat on Monday, May 20, we will use the survey responses in a variety of ways as we move into the recruitment phase of the presidential search.

On behalf of the presidential search committee, we thank you for your thoughtful and enthusiastic participation.

Bev Wyse P’15, Chair and Lynn Andrea Stein, Vice-Chair