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Search for New President Underway

In July, the Board of Visitors began its search for the seventh President of Norfolk State University. The board in its announcement said that it is seeking a dynamic, entrepreneurial, innovative and creative leader with strong academic, administrative, development and business acumen. “The successful candidate will be a visionary, advancing the University’s reputation while increasing resources through private and public partnerships,” the announcement said.

“The next president will appreciate the distinctiveness of NSU’s mission as a historically black institution and be able to interpret that mission for the changing environment of higher education. He or she will also have a demonstrated track record of problem solving in a complex organization, with a deep commitment to shared governance and with integrity beyond reproach.”

To direct the search process, the Board of Visitors established a 21-member Presidential Search Committee representative of the University’s multiple stakeholders. It also retained Greenwood/Asher & Associates Inc., a search firm that has successfully completed more than 2,000 searches and consulting and training projects, to work with the committee. The committee is co-chairedby board members Deborah M. DiCroce and Larry A. Griffith.

During the first months of the search process, a series of listening sessions were held to engage NSU’s external and internal constituencies. The sessions, held in July, August and September, allowed the general public, alumni, donors, the faith community, students, faculty, staff and administrators to share their ideas about what qualities and characteristics they would like to see in the University’s next president. That input informed the search process and helped the search committee develop the presidential profile.

Additionally, a Presidential Search website was developed and it allowed individuals to provide their feedback online and nominate individuals they felt would provide excellent leadership to Norfolk State.

The next phases of the search process include evaluation of candidates, including interviews; selection/appointment of the final candidate; and the announcement and introduction of the new president. For updates and background information on the presidential search, go to

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