CHESTERTOWN — On Monday, July 12, Washington College emailed alum to invite them to attend moderated discussions with three finalists in the search for the next president.
The three candidates are Michael Sosulski, provost and professor of German at Wofford College; Cameron Wesson, provost and dean of faculty at Franklin and Marshall College; and Robyn Hannigan, provost at Clarkson University. The names of the candidates were released in an email on Wednesday, July 14.
Meetings with the finalists will be at noon and 4 p.m. Thursday, July 15 and 4 p.m. Friday, July 16, respectively. Each is set to last an hour according to the email.
“After the sessions, attendees will receive a survey to provide feedback to the search committee,” the email invitation states.
The initial search for a new president was announced in a Jan. 27 email from Board of Visitors and Governors Chair Stephen Golding.
The search committee for the new president consists of students, staff and faculty, totaling 17 members, The Elm, Washington College's student newspaper, reported on March 18.
Since the announcement of the search, students at the college have stressed the importance of hearing from as many groups as possible in order to find a new president who will be a good fit and understand the spirit of the school.
On April 6, students were invited to attend a town hall facilitated by John Frisch of Shawan Leadership and attended by members of Witt/Keiffer — the executive search firm leading the presidential search, The Elm previously reported.
Since then, Kelley Wallace, public and media relations director at Washington College, said the process began with a pool of more than 30 qualified applicants. Of those, 13 participated in the first round of interviews.
Wallace said the new president will be announced this summer. There is not yet a specific timeline around when that announcement will be made.
The college does intend to have the new president installed before the fall semester begins, Wallace said.