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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is leading the Saint Anselm College Presidential Search?

The Saint Anselm College Board of Trustees appointed a Presidential Search Committee to lead this important search, with the assistance of the consulting firm, Isaacson, Miller. Representatives of the firm have met with the committee, trustees, alumni, the monastic community, faculty, staff, students and other stakeholders to learn about Saint Anselm, and understand the opportunities and challenges a new president will face.

Who serves on the Presidential Search Committees?

Trustees Rich Meelia '71 and Joanne Pietrini Smith '85 co-chair the committee of 13 members who represent the monastery, trustees, alumni, faculty, staff and student body.

What is the role of the Presidential Search Committee?

The search committee will identify qualified candidates and submit their names to the Board of Trustees for final selection by early spring.

What is the timeline of the search?

The search committee established the parameters of the search and launched the networking phase in the middle of November 2012. The search committee will review candidate materials in early February 2013 and select individuals to be interviewed by Isaacson, Miller later that month. In March 2013, the search committee will reconvene to listen to feedback and information gained from the first round of interviews conducted by the consultants, and will select individuals to be interviewed by the search committee. After these interviews, the search committee will identify the names of candidates to submit to the Board of Trustees and invite to campus for interviews in the beginning of April 2013. A decision on the finalist is expected in late April or early May 2013.

What is the role of the Board of Trustees and Abbot Mark Cooper in the search process?

The full Board of Trustees and Abbot Mark Cooper will discuss the feedback from the finalists' campus visits, after which Abbot Mark will nominate a candidate for approval by the Board of Trustees.

Will internal candidates be considered for the role?

Yes, any internal candidate will be given the same consideration as an external candidate. S/he will be asked to formally apply and will be required to submit to the same process of review as all other candidates. This means that all candidates must participate in an interview with Isaacson, Miller and later the search committee before advancing to the campus visit stage.

Must the candidate be a Benedictine monk from the monastic community?

Although candidates must be practicing Catholics to be considered for the presidency, they do not have to be from the monastic community. If a monk from Saint Anselm Abbey is interested in the role of President, he must get the approval of Abbot Mark Cooper, O.S.B., before submitting his application. Any member of the monastic community who receives the approval of the Abbot to apply will be treated as all other candidates and be required to participate in the review and interview processes. A complete list of the personal qualities and professional qualifications of an ideal candidate is available for review.

What was discussed at the open forum sessions held on campus for faculty, staff, alumni and the monastic community before the presidential search was launched?

Attendees were asked to discuss the environment of Saint Anselm College, as well as the opportunities and challenges that a new president will encounter. Ideas for key personal or professional attributes of the next president were also solicited

I was unable to attend an open forum session. How can I provide input into the process?

Please send an email to to provide your input or submit a question.

How do I nominate someone for consideration by the search committee?

Please send nominations to or send a hard copy nomination to Isaacson Miller at the below address. Please include name, contact information, background, and why you believe the individual should be considered for the presidency.

David A. Haley, Vice President & Director
Leslie C. McCarthy, Associate
Carolyn K. Plant, Senior Associate
Isaacson, Miller
263 Summer Street,
 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02210

Will you advertise for this position?

We are conducting a national search to identify the very best candidates available. We are advertising in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Hispanic Outlook, Women in Higher Education, as well as with Higher Education Resource Services, the Association of Benedictine Colleges & Universities, the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, the National Catholic Educational Association, Commonweal, First Things, National Catholic Register, and America. We also ask faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends of the College to recommend or nominate candidates for the position.

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