Search Firm Selected to Help Find New President

The University of Dayton?s board of trustees has selected the executive search firm of Isaacson, Miller to help a 17-member presidential search committee find a successor for Daniel J. Curran.

Curran, the first lay president in the University’s history, will step down in June 2016 after a 14-year tenure.

The firm, headquartered in Boston with offices in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco, completes more than 200 searches a year, largely for education, healthcare and philanthropy.

The firm has conducted dozens of presidential searches. In the last three years, the company helped to recruit presidents for Amherst College, Claremont McKenna College, Dartmouth College, Lawrence University, Lehigh University, Tufts University, the University of California System, the University of California, San Diego, the University of Illinois and the University of Vermont.

Besides the University of Dayton, Isaccson, Miller has worked with a number of Catholic universities, including the College of the Holy Cross, Creighton University, Marquette University and DePaul University, in recruiting vice presidents, provosts and deans.

"We believe this experience gives us a deep and nuanced sense of the pool of talented people capable of providing leadership at the University of Dayton," said Vivian Brocard, vice president at Isaacson, Miller.

David Yeager, a trustee and alumnus heading the presidential search committee, said the trustees were impressed by Isaacson, Miller's strong reputation in higher education circles. "They’re one of the largest search firms in the nation that focuses on academia," he said. "They understand our culture and our unique Catholic, Marianist identity — and they've performed numerous successful searches on our campus in the past."

The presidential search committee will work with the firm to develop an inclusive process, one that seeks input from faculty, staff, students and alumni on the characteristics desired in the next president. In an effort to attract the highest-quality candidates, the committee will protect the privacy of the candidate pool.

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News and Communications Staff