Presidential Search


The Search for Ave Maria University’s Next President

The Ave Maria University Presidential Search Committee was appointed in March, 2019 following President Jim Towey’s announcement that he would be leaving the University at the end of his current contract in 2020.  The Committee interviewed a number of companies that offer search assistance to universities and selected AGB Search. Working with the search consultant the committee began forming the search process and deciding on a number of details important to the structure of the search.  A timeline was established with the goal to have the committee recommendation to the board of trustees no later than November, 2019. The committee agreed on a commitment to strict confidentiality throughout the entire search process to ensure that candidates will know that they can participate in our search with confidence that only committee members will know their identity.  

The committee selected a number of constituencies representing the broad university family to provide input as the committee worked on forming a presidential profile for the search.  A link to the Profile is posted on this website. We also agreed to provide periodic updates to the university community and general public, acknowledging that those communication updates will provide information about the search process status but will share absolutely no information about candidates.  The committee also agreed to direct all questions, inquiries, nominations, and applications to the search committee’s consultant.

All who are interested in following the progress of the search are invited to check periodically at this web site for the most recent updates.  The committee anticipates posting updates approximately once a month. Committee members have committed to pray earnestly for God’s blessing on the search process.  In that regard, we invite all of the university family to join in and support the committee by remembering to pray for all those involved in this important process to select our next president.

Louis C. Argenta, MD, Chair
Ave Maria University Presidential Search Committee
June 18, 2019


Updates

October 1, 2019

The Ave Maria University Presidential Search Committee had a very busy September doing additional research and assessment on a group of candidates the committee selected from the larger pool of candidates.  The committee has now identified a small select group of candidates that will be personally interviewed and that will receive a background check.  During October the committee will continue the process of moving toward identifying a candidate to recommend to the Board of Trustees.  This is a crucial period in the search process and the committee is moving forward with the myriad details in a thorough and careful manner. Thank you for your support.  We are grateful for the prayers of members of the university community and ask for your continued prayers as we seek God’s guidance in identifying our next President.

Louis C. Argentina, MD, Chair
Ave Maria University Presidential Search Committee
October 1, 2019

August 21, 2019

The Ave Maria University Presidential Search Committee has been working with our AGB Search consulting team over the past month as they have been working with a large number of inquiries, nominations, and applications.   Applications are being received and the committee is reviewing applications as they come in. We will continue to receive nominations, inquiries and applications until an appointment is made, but September 15 is the deadline to receive regular consideration.  The committee recently met to receive a thorough update from our search consultant and to conduct committee business. The search is continuing on the projected timeline and we continue to receive good interest in the position from a wide array of potential candidates.  As the academic year 2019-2020 begins, we anticipate that the next period leading up to the September 15 deadline will be a very important and busy time in the search. The committee invites all of the university family to join in and support the committee by remembering to pray for all those involved in this important process to select our next president.

Louis C. Argentina, MD, Chair
Ave Maria University Presidential Search Committee
July 22, 2019

July 22, 2019

The Ave Maria University Presidential Search Committee has been working with our AGB Search consulting team over the past month following the official launch of the search, which occurred in mid June.  Advertisements were placed in a number of national publications. Announcement of the AMU presidential search has been widely circulated to higher education leaders throughout the United States with special emphasis on those in Catholic higher education.  We will be receiving nominations, inquiries and applications until an appointment is made, but September 15 is the deadline to receive regular consideration. We are receiving good interest in the position from a wide array of potential candidates. The committee invites all of the university family to join in and support the committee by remembering to pray for all those involved in this important process to select our next president.

Louis C. Argenta, MD, Chair
Ave Maria University Presidential Search Committee
July 22, 2019

(Look for more update reports to be posted here approximately monthly.)



    Official Search Page

    The official presidential search profile can be found here:

    https://www.agbsearch.com/searches/president-ave-maria-university