SGA discusses presidential search


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Rachel Looker, Asst. News Editor

Marywood’s Student Government Association (SGA) discussed the presidential search at the latest meeting held on Feb. 16.

Melissa Kowalski, SGA president, said Marywood has hired Academic Search to help with the presidential search. According to Academic Search’s website, the mission of the company is “to provide the highest level of search to our clients, and to assist in enriching the pipeline of potential leaders for higher education.”

Kowalski said when selecting the next president, IHM sisters will be considered for the position first. If an IHM sister is not chosen, the search will extend nationally.

A national search for a president would be a first for Marywood University, according to Kowalski.

Kowalski said once a candidate is selected, there will be an on-campus open forum for students to speak with the candidate.

According to Academic Search, the average length for a presidential search is six to eight months, said Kowalski.

With Sr. Anne Munley, IHM, Ph. D., president of Marywood, retiring at the end of this academic year, Marywood has a much shorter time frame to complete its search.

Other topics discussed at the SGA meeting include:

  • Middle State Accreditation has been pushed back from this semester to the upcoming fall semester. The accreditation was moved because of the selection of a new president.
  • Austin Collignon, vice president of SGA, proposed putting sliding glass doors to access the game room in Nazareth.
  • Erin Raymond, head of Senate, proposed adding recycling bins to all food locations on campus.

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