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          Edinboro University announces presidential search

          February 04, 2019

          Edinboro University announces presidential search

          Edinboro University’s presidential search committee has announced the search for Edinboro’s next president. Working in partnership with Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education, the committee is being chaired by Erie attorney and Edinboro University Trustee Timothy Wachter.

          Search committee members represent a cross-section of the University’s stakeholder groups, including faculty, staff, students, trustees, alumni and the State System. Below is a full list of members.


          Timothy Wachter, Esquire

          Kathy Pape, Esquire ‘75

          Daniel Higham ‘70

          Executive Representative from the University

          Denise Ohler, Ed.D. Dean, College of Science and Health Professions

          Faculty Representatives

          Brian Zimmerman, Ph.D., Chair, Geosciences

          Heather Baron, Ph.D., Assistant Chairperson/Associate Professor, Middle and Secondary Education and Educational Leadership (alternate)

          Samuel Claster, Ph.D., Chairperson/Associate Professor, Sociology

          Elaine Rinfrette, Ph.D., Chairperson/Associate Professor, Social Work (alternate)

          Non-instructional Bargaining Unit Representatives

          Gary Kagiavas, Head Women’s Soccer Coach

          Ross Brumagin, Facilities (alternate)

          Jon Vincent, Campus Police

          Student Representative

          Olivia Franchock, Student Government Association President

          Bryan Geehrer (alternate)

          Alumni Representative

          Scott Irlbacher ’04, M’06

          Shaquan Walker ’16 (alternate)

          Additional University Representatives

          LaTessa Black, Academic Success Coordinator

          Kathleen Dailey, Ed.D., Director, Center for Faculty Excellence

          Stacie Wolbert, Ed.D., Associate Vice President for Student Affairs

          State System Board of Governors

          Donald Houser Jr.

          Current or Former State System President/Chancellor

          Geraldine Jones, President, California University of Pennsylvania

          Witt/Kieffer, a national search firm with substantial experience in presidential and executive searches in higher education, has been retained to assist with the search. John Thornburgh, senior partner with the firm, and Elizabeth Bohan, senior associate in Education, will lead the Witt/Kieffer team. Thornburgh’s 30 years of leadership experience as an executive or governing board member in healthcare, higher education, a Fortune 50 corporation and not-for-profit organizations gives him broad-based expertise in governance, recruitment and retention issues.  Bohan has extensive experience partnering with clients to ensure excellence in recruiting top leaders.

          The search committee will engage the entire University community in the search process. 

          “The University is seeking an experienced leader with the vision and leadership qualities to build on Edinboro’s resources and reputation and take it to higher levels of academic and student success,” Wachter said. “The new president will have the opportunity to lead the University to future successes, partner extensively with the community and reside in a beautiful region of Northwestern Pennsylvania.”

          Additional information may be found at http://www.edinboro.edu/about/leadership/presidential-search/

          The new president will replace Michael Hannan, who has served as interim president since early April 2018.  Hannan, who assumed the interim role following the resignation of President H. Fred Walker, will return to his position as provost and vice president for academic and student affairs once a successor is named.