Search Committee Update

On behalf of the President Search Committee, I am pleased to provide an update on the president search process. The “executive summary” is that we have made much progress and are very encouraged!

The Board of Governors engaged CarterBaldwin Executive Search in February 2018 to assist the search committee in selecting our next president. CarterBaldwin is without question the premier search firm in the executive search space for Christian universities and colleges in North America. Together with them, we developed a timetable setting out the steps necessary to conduct a thorough, comprehensive and successful president search. The search committee developed the President Position Profile with input from the various university constituencies and CarterBaldwin then began their search, which encompassed North America.

A candidate pool of approximately 40 individuals was developed by CarterBaldwin, and a binder containing relevant documents for each candidate was prepared for the search committee. The committee met in June to review and discuss each candidate in detail. From this pool, nine individuals were selected for further evaluation and CarterBaldwin conducted follow-up meetings with each of them.

The search committee met again in August to further evaluate the nine candidates based on the additional interviews and information provided. The committee selected a final list of five candidates from this group to conduct our own interviews, which we completed last week. We are now in the final stages of narrowing the field further.

The search committee has been very pleased with CarterBaldwin’s outstanding performance. They maintained search momentum over these past months, identified excellent candidates and provided professional expertise in assisting our committee in doing our job. We are extremely gratified by the large number of applicants who expressed a sincere interest in coming to TWU.

Based on our progress to date, we anticipate being in a position to announce a new president early in the new year, positioning our university for an excellent transition from our current beloved president.

We would ask you to remain in prayer with us as we enter into this final stage of evaluation and decision.

FRED FLEMING
Chair, President Search Committee | Board of Governors
Trinity Western University | t. 604.513.2021 | e. presidentsearch@twu.ca


President Transition Announcement

With the blessing of President Bob Kuhn, and with a strong commitment to cultivate a culture with seamless leadership transitions, the Board of Governors of Trinity Western University is pleased to announce the launch of a search for a presidential successor.

In partnership with renowned executive search firm CarterBaldwin—whose legacy of success with evangelical colleges and universities is well-known—the Board of Governors anticipates a wide-ranging and comprehensive search for the man or woman who can build on the trust and vision that marks President Kuhn’s tenure.

The search is being undertaken in anticipation of the completion of the current presidency term set to expire in spring of 2019. However, our current president has provided the Board with the assurance that he remains flexible to ensure that the right candidate for his replacement is found. Further, ongoing discussions are taking place regarding a continuing role for President Kuhn in assisting his successor with effective transition and completion of projects he has begun.

The President Search Committee is comprised of representation from key university constituencies including faculty, staff, students, alumni, and senior leadership. The Search Committee humbly requests your prayers and good faith as they undertake the crucial responsibility of identifying leadership in these very exciting, but challenging, years facing this extraordinary university.

President Search Committee