Presidential Search

News and Updates

To: The Reed College Campus Community
From: Anna Hayes Levin, Chair, Presidential Search Committee
Date: March 6, 2012

For the last few months, the Presidential Search Committee has been actively engaged in identifying and soliciting candidates, conducting preliminary interviews, and gathering background information. Following interviews with a group of semifinalists this past weekend, the committee met on Sunday, March 4 to narrow the pool further. We are close to a decision regarding the candidates we will invite for campus visits.

We have previously written about the importance of respecting our candidates’ concerns for confidentiality while permitting as much engagement between the finalists and the Reed community as possible. In consultation with various campus constituencies, we have designed a process that will allow a diverse and representative group of approximately 85 members of the Reed community to participate in the visits. Faculty, students, and staff will soon receive separate communications inviting their participation in the campus visits, which are tentatively scheduled for March 28-31 and April 2-5. Trustees and select alumni will also participate.

Throughout the search process, the members of the Presidential Search Committee have pledged to protect the identity of the candidates. We are obliged to sustain that confidentiality pledge through this final stage of the search and beyond. All members of the Reed community participating in the campus visits will be asked to sign a written confidentiality agreement, and our further inquiries about the candidates will continue to be handled with sensitivity and discretion.

The purpose of the campus visits is twofold. First, the visits will allow us to become better acquainted with the candidates and to assess their fit for the Reed presidency. Second, and just as important, the visits will allow the candidates to become better acquainted with Reed and to see firsthand the opportunities the position offers.

We are grateful for the Reed community’s support of the search process thus far and look forward to the campus visits.


Anna Hayes Levin