Loyola University Maryland

Presidential Search

Overview of the presidential search timeline

This message was sent to the Loyola community on Thursday, April 15. 

Dear Members of the Loyola Community,

The presidential search committee has begun working closely with our search consultants to define a process and timeline for this important search for the next president of Loyola University Maryland. As is the case with most presidential searches, this process is expected to play out over the course of the next five to six months and consists of three distinct phases:

  1. Definition – Our search consultants will be leading several listening sessions with a broad array of constituents throughout the remainder of April and into the first week of May. Based upon what they learn from members of our community, they will draft a position profile that will provide the history and current context of Loyola and will spell out the opportunities and challenges for the next president as well as key qualifications the ideal candidate will possess. Once this document has been approved by the search committee, it will be used as a marketing document by our search consultants.
  2. Candidate Discovery – In addition to posting ads for the position, our search consultants will spend most of the summer tapping their extensive networks to recruit excellent candidates and invite them to consider this tremendous leadership opportunity at Loyola. They are committed to developing a deep and diverse candidate pool and have a strong track record of placing women and people of color. The consultants will present CVs, letters of interest and summaries of their extensive interviews to the search committee.
  3. Selection – The search committee will select a sizable number of candidates from those presented by the consultants to meet in a first round of interviews. From that first round, the search committee will select a small number of finalists about whom we will endeavor to learn more. We will hold additional interviews, and our search consultants will do background checks as well as numerous reference checks. After a very rigorous search process, the search committee will make a recommendation to the Board of Trustees before extending an offer. Once the board has made its decision and an offer has been extended and accepted, there will be a public announcement.

Our consultants tell us that to interest excellent candidates, they need to be able to assure them of the confidentiality of the search. All members of the search committee have signed a confidentiality pledge and will not be able to share the names of any candidates with anyone outside the search committee.

As we progress through this schedule, we will keep you informed with frequent communications and updates to the Presidential Search website.


Gerry Holthaus, ’71
Chair, Presidential Search Committee