Presidential Search
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Presidential Search

Message from the Chair of the Presidential Search Committee

Dear CNR Community,

I write this note as we begin our work together on the search for the next president of The College of New Rochelle. I am honored to have been asked by the Board of Trustees to chair the Presidential Search Committee, and I am humbled by the importance of this responsibility. The selection of the College's next president is the vital duty of the Board and it will be a defining moment in CNR’s history. 

This search comes at a time when we must balance the College's hopes and ambitions for a renewed and reinvigorated future with our still precarious but precious present.  Not only must we find an able, passionate, determined and visionary leader, we must lead a process that helps heal and bind the College Community. The inclusive make-up of the committee and the process envisioned reflect the Board's determination to bring the entire College Community together in the service of CNR.  

The integrity of the process will be as critical as the candidate it secures. The search will be rigorous, deliberate, communal and transparent. It will be assisted by a reputable search firm with national reach.  It will respect the devoted voices of students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumnae/i and trustees. It will honor the history and ideals of the College.  And it will call upon our community to give the highest expectations, time, energy and wisdom. 

We anticipate that the search will take eight to ten months, culminating in the committee's recommendation to the Board of Trustees in early 2018.  The new president’s likely start date will be July 2018. While good fortune might help us fill the position sooner, this time frame is consistent with the duration of searches at many colleges and universities.

We are committed to regular communication about the progress of the search. This webpage will track our progress and share our intentions. Our first community step will be to conduct a broad-based needs assessment, including extensive conversations with key constituents. Listening is essential to our success. We must know what you think about the College's challenges, opportunities and the requirements for our next leader.

We will publicize the multiple ways by which we intend to listen to and seek input from the entire College Community. In the meantime, we welcome your aspirations and concerns for the search.  Please tell us what is on your mind at

We come to this work with an abiding love for CNR and deep faith in its future.  We share abundant wisdom.  Together we will find the best person to be The College of New Rochelle's 14th president. 

I look forward to working with and hearing from all of you.

Christine LaSala ‘72
Board of Trustees
Chair, Presidential Search Committee