Have an Opinion about Finding BU’s Next President? Search Committee Wants to Hear from You
With 16-member committee set, search gets underway, includes plans for fall meetings with BU community
If you have an opinion about the next president of Boston University—a candidate to be considered, certain personal or professional qualifications you think are important, the strategic priorities you want a new president to focus on—flex your fingers and get ready to type.
The search committee has been finalized (the official committee website is here), with 16 members from the faculty, administration, and Board of Trustees, and input from anyone is welcome, as the search to replace President Robert A. Brown gets underway. Brown announced on September 7 that he will step down as BU’s 10th president in July 2023 after leading the University since 2005. Input to the search can be done through a survey form and through email.
“During the fall semester, the search committee will hold a series of meetings and receive applications and nominations, all of which will be confidentially held,” notes search committee chair and BU trustee Antoinette (Tonie) Leatherberry (ENG’85) in a letter sent to the BU community Thursday. “The committee will identify finalists in the early months of 2023 and recommend these finalists to the Board of Trustees in the spring.
“The committee invites everyone in the BU community to share their thoughts and perspectives and to submit the names and/or titles of people whom they believe should be considered candidates for our next president,” Leatherberry writes, adding that the committee will actively engage “with BU faculty, staff, students, alums, and respected leaders to ensure our efforts are effective.”
The committee aims to find a president who will build on the foundation Brown has laid, Leatherberry writes, which means someone dedicated to the liberal arts, to interdisciplinary education and research, and to graduate education. Recognizing the importance of a lively, bustling residential urban campus experience is also a priority for the search committee. “We seek a president who understands the importance of innovation and has the vision to appreciate the global opportunities and challenges in higher education institutions,” she writes.
The search committee will hold a series of meetings throughout the fall semester, while collecting nominations and applications.
The search committee members fall into two categories: trustees and faculty and administration:
- Antoinette R. Leatherberry (ENG’85), Presidential Search Committee chair, former principal, Deloitte
- Maureen A. Alphonse-Charles (CAS’85), managing director, Koya Leadership Partners
- Nathaniel Dalton (LAW’91), founder, Daybreak Partners
- Maurice R. Ferré (CGS’81, MED’92, SPH’92), chairman and CEO, Insightec
- Joseph Loscalzo, Hersey Professor of the Theory and Practice of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and chairman, Department of Medicine and Physician-in-Chief, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
- Jane P. Moncreiff, founder and managing partner, Fulham Advisors, LLC
- Malek Sukkar (ENG’92), chief executive officer, Averda
- Elizabeth C. Thors, managing director, Wellington Management Company LLP
- Peter L. Wexler (Questrom’93), president, Forest Avenue Technology Group
Faculty and administration members:
- Christopher Chen, William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor, College of Engineering professor of biomedical engineering, and director, Biological Design Center
- Kevin P. Gallagher, Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies professor of global development policy and BU Global Development Policy Center director
- Jennifer Grodsky, vice president for federal relations
- Kimberly A. S. Howard, Faculty Council chair, Wheelock College of Education & Human Development associate professor of counseling psychology and applied human development
- Hee-Young Park, School of Medicine professor of dermatology, associate dean of faculty affairs, and chair of Medical Sciences and Education
- Stan Sclaroff, dean of Arts & Sciences
- Harvey Young, dean of College of Fine Arts