EWU Presidential Search

Search Announcement

The Board of Trustees held a Special Meeting on Monday, April 19, 2021, to announce the beginning processes of a presidential search.

Below is the presentation Board Chair, Vicki Wilson, gave with details on expectations and the charge for the Presidential Search Advisory Committee.

Download Presentation (PDF)

The Board of Trustees held a Special Meeting on Wednesday, September 1, 2021, to approve the leadership profile for the presidential search. Click on the button below to download.

Leadership Profile (PDF)

Additional details about the search will continue to be updated on this website.

Presidential Candidate Itinerary*

February 1 – February 4

8:00 – 9:00 am          President’s Executive Leadership Team and Deans – Hargreaves, room 223

9:00 – 9:45 am          Cheney Campus Tour & President’s House

          • [Accompanied by PSE & WFSE staff representatives]

9:45 – 10:00 am        Break

10:00 – 11:15 am      Campus Open Forum Cheney – Showalter Auditorium & Zoom

          • [Faculty, staff, students, community members, and PSAC representatives]

11:15 – 11:30 am       Break

11:30 – 12:15             Faculty Open Forum – Hargreaves, room 223, & Zoom

12:15 – 12:45 pm      Presidents – Hargreaves, room 223

          • [Faculty Organization, UFE, WFSE, PSE, and ASEWU]

12:45 – 2:00 pm       Travel to Spokane | Spokane Campus Tour

2:00 – 2:15 pm         Break

2:15 – 3:30 pm         Campus Open Forum Spokane – Catalyst building, room 304, & Zoom

          • [Faculty, staff, students, community members, and PSAC representatives]

3:30 – 3:45 pm         Break

3:45 – 5:30 pm         Board of Trustees’ – Catalyst building, room 312

5:30 – 5:45 pm         Break

5:45 – 8:00 pm         Board of Trustees Dinner Meeting

*Draft itinerary, dates and times are subject to change.

Listening Sessions

Eastern Washington University has retained the Executive Search Firm of WittKieffer to facilitate its search for a new permanent university president. WittKieffer will be holding listening sessions with various stakeholder groups to solicit input on what qualities they wish to see in the individual who is hired for this important leadership position in mid-late August and early September 2021. The stakeholder groups include: President’s Cabinet, Deans and Vice Provost, Student Leadership Group, Foundation and Alumni Board Representatives, Faculty, Staff, Search Committee Members, and Community Members. Stakeholders will be receiving email communications to notify them of the date and time of their assigned sessions. Meetings will be held via Zoom. If you are unable to attend your assigned session, you are welcome to provide input to the following confidential email: EWUPresident@wittkieffer.com.

Presidential Search Timeline

Start-UpLate July – Mid August 2021WittKieffer consultant reviews the input provided by the Eastern Washington University Presidential Search Advisory Committee (PSAC) and meets with the Board of Trustees (Board) and other key stakeholders to get key information and input for the creation of the leadership profile.
Leadership Profile and Ad PreparationLate August 2021WittKieffer submits draft leadership profile and advertisement to the Board, based on the input/approval from Eastern Washington University community and stakeholders.
Leadership Profile and Ad ApprovalEarly September 2021Board approves leadership profile and ad.
Recruitment and Candidate
Mid September – Mid November 2021Aggressive, active national recruiting, screening, and interviewing of candidates by WittKieffer. WittKieffer will provide the Board and PSAC with access to candidate information.
Candidate Review MeetingEarly December 2021WittKieffer meets with PSAC to review candidates and identify recommended semi-finalists for interviews. Board meets to select semi-finalists.
Semi-Finalist InterviewsEarly – Mid January 2022WittKieffer prepares PSAC for first round interviews and assists with selection of recommended finalist(s) for second round interviews. PSAC and the PSAC Board members conduct first round interviews and provide input and recommendations to the Board.
Selection of FinalistsEnd of January 2022Board meets to select finalists.
Finalist InterviewsEarly February 2022Finalist interviews with a broad range of constituents on campus; educational verifications and references conducted by WittKieffer; candidate of choice identified from this round of interviews and negotiations commence. PSAC provides input to the Board.
Finalist Selection and NegotiationsMid February 2022Board meets in public meeting to select final candidate. Once hiring authority decides to extend an offer, WittKieffer can advise and/or assist with negotiations. Board will set the final candidate’s salary in a public meeting.
Search ConclusionMid – Late February 2022Final candidate accepts offer; appointment announced; WittKieffer supports smooth transition. Anticipated candidate will start position in summer 2022.

Expectations for Board of Trustees

The selection of the university president is one of the most important responsibilities of the Eastern Washington University Board of Trustees. As a Board, we have a mutual interest in ensuring the search is conducted in a professional manner and results in the selection of an exceptional leader to serve as the university’s next permanent president.

In order, to achieve this shared goal, we agree to comply with the following mutual expectations.

  1. We will select four (4) Board members to represent us on the Presidential Search Advisory Committee and we will designate one of those four (4) individuals to serve as Chair of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee.
  2. We will be actively engaged in the process within our assigned roles.
  3. We will review the applications of the candidates and the input of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee on the assessment tools and be prepared for Board discussions regarding the selection of semi-finalist and finalist candidates.
  4. We will adhere to the timeline we established related to the search.
  5. We will attend and participate in scheduled Board of Trustee meetings, including Special Meetings.
  6. We will attend and participate in final interviews with candidates. We will be prepared for the interviews by ensuring we have reviewed all application interviews prior to the interviews.
  7. Prior to, during and after the search, we will keep all information concerning applicants and individuals who express interest in the position confidential including, but not limited to: names, qualifications, where they currently work, their background. Additionally, keep all information about the search process, including search committee discussions and any written information related to the search, confidential. The only information that will be shared about the search process outside the search committee will be if directed to by the Board of Trustees or Associate Vice President for Human Resources. We will demonstrate this commitment by signing a confidentiality agreement.

Presidential Search Advisory Committee

Recognizing, that the Board of Trustees (BOT) is responsible for the final selection of the university president, the purpose of the committee is to support the Board of Trustees in selecting a well-qualified leader to serve as Eastern Washington University’s next president. Specifically, the Presidential Search Advisory Committee (PSAC) will review application materials and provide input regarding the strengths and weaknesses of candidates in regards to meeting the qualifications identified in the job description. The committee will prepare their input utilizing the assessment tool provided by the BOT. The committee will also interview semi-final and final candidates selected by the BOT and provide input regarding the strengths and weaknesses based on the job description qualifications using the assessment tool provided by the BOT.

PSAC Charge (PDF)

PSAC Membership

4 Trustee Members

  • Robert Whaley, Chair
  • Uriel Iniguez
  • Jay Manning
  • Vicki Wilson

1 Dean

  • David Bowman

3 Faculty (one UFE; one Faculty Org; one faculty-at-large)

  • Kristin Edquist, UFE
  • David Syphers, Faculty Org
  • Lisa Bilich, Faculty-at-Large

2 Classified Staff (one WFSE; one classified-at-large)

  • Candace Martin, WFSE
  • Darlene Maria, Classified-at-Large

1 Public Schools Employee

  • Rosie Rodriguez

1 Exempt Staff

  • Jay Day

2 Students

  • Nina Hudson
  • ASEWU student, if so nominated

1 Foundation Board Member

  • Alexis Alexander

1 Alumni Board Member

  • Marianne Duong

3 Community Members

  • Chris Grover
  • Jennyfer Mesa
  • Lili Navarrette