Chairman of the Board encourages Suffolk community to engage in presidential search

Chairman of the Board of Trustees Andrew Meyer said in a letter sent to members of the Suffolk community on Wednesday that the board intends to work as diligently and as quickly as possible in finding a new president for the university.

Korn Ferry, an executive recruitment firm headquartered in Los Angeles with a base in Boston, will be aiding the Search Committee in finding the new president.

“There are too many variables involved, however, to identify a precise timeline for the various stages of the process. Nonetheless, you should rest assured that the Search Committee is working with Korn Ferry as expeditiously as possible taking into account the necessity to identify and reach out to the finest candidates available,” said Meyer.

In the letter, Meyer said that Korn Ferry will be looking for input from members of the Suffolk community to “determine their viewpoints on the desired skills and attributes of a presidential candidate.” The meetings have not yet been scheduled.

Korn Ferry will then identify, recruit and assess potential candidates, and bring them to the Search Committee.

“We will do our best to avoid summer interviews so as not to exclude members of those groups who may not be available at that time. The search will  continue as long as necessary in order to reach a successful conclusion,” said Meyer.

As of Wednesday, the team consists of Chairman of the Search Committee Mark E. Sullivan; President and CEO of Legal Sea Foods Roger Berkowitz; President and CEO of Joslin Diabetes Center and Joslin Clinic John L. Brooks, III; President and CEO of Mount Auburn Hospital Jeanette G. Clough; Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost Marisa Kelly; Managing Director of State Street Global Markets FX Sales and Trading Tara Taylor; Assistant General Counsel of Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. Damian Wilmot; Chair of Faculty Senate at Suffolk University Elizabeth Wilson; and Andrew Meyer.

A full story regarding the search will be available in Thursday’s edition of the Suffolk Journal.