Presidential Search

Message from the Chair of the Presidential Search Committee

August 2017
Since our last report, here are developments in our search for the next president of the College of New Rochelle:

  • In late June, upon the recommendation of the Search Committee, the College’s Board of Trustees approved the appointment of RH Perry & Associates as our search partner.  As reported earlier, we undertook a full RFP process, reviewing proposals from eight firms, and selecting RH Perry after both written and oral presentations.  The firm’s primary focus is to assist institutions of higher education in the identification and selection of their leadership.

  • Our search will be led by Matthew Kilcoyne and Rusty Martin.  Both have extensive experience in presidential searches.  Of particular importance to CNR is the team’s significant work with Catholic colleges and universities with a liberal arts tradition.

  • On August 10, we held the first in a series of meetings to help develop the broad-based needs assessment that will form the basis of the role description for the new president.  RH Perry conducted three 90-minute sessions with members of the search committee and board members. Because of the inclusive make-up of the search committee, these first meetings provided some early and valuable insight into the views of faculty, administration, students and alumnae.

  • The RH Perry team is also reviewing extensive information about CNR—its history, programs, enrollment and obviously, our current financial situation.  This information will enable the presentation of a candid and compelling description of the opportunity to potential candidates.

  • For the next step in the process, the RH Perry team will return to campus in September, once the semester is in full swing, for two full days of meetings with the College Community.

  • We are committed to wide outreach to identify candidates to become the College’s next president.  I encourage you to share your thoughts.  If you would like to suggest a colleague or friend, please do so by sending their resume or name to:  If you prefer, email me directly at  All recommendations will be shared with RH Perry and will be part of the initial screening process.

  • Another reminder about our time-frame:  the search committee expects to bring a candidate to the Board of Trustees in early 2018.  The fall will be the busiest time of the process. I will share a more detailed time frame in my next update.

My best wishes for a very happy and safe August,
Christine LaSala SAS’72
Chair, Presidential Search Committee