How is a President Chosen?

The University of Dayton?s Code of Regulations provides guidance for how the Board of Trustees chooses a president.

The University of Dayton’s Code of Regulations (Article 7, Section 2) outlines the steps the Board of Trustees takes to choose a president:

1. The Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees shall appoint a Search Committee and select its Chairperson.

2. The Vice Chairperson of the Board of Trustees, as the Provincial of the Marianist  Province of the United States, and the Rector shall be members of the Search Committee.

3. The Search Committee shall prepare a description of the position and a profile of the candidate.

4. The description of the position and profile of the candidate shall then be ratified by the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees and by the members of the University before commencing the solicitation of candidates.

5. The Search Committee for President shall provide its assessments of the finalist candidates (and any recommendations) to The Executive Committee Board of Trustees, who in turn shall make a recommendation for President to the Members of the University, which must be approved by two-thirds vote.  The Members of the University include the Marianist Provincial Council, Chairman of the Board and President. When approved, the Executive Committee shall submit the recommendation to the Board of Trustees for approval.

6. The President shall be elected by two-thirds vote of the total membership of the Board of Trustees.

7. The Search Committee shall give preference to qualified candidates who are members of the Society of Mary, but any such search may include candidates who are not members of the Society of Mary; provided, however, that the President shall be a Roman Catholic and have the ability to provide leadership for the University of Dayton as a Catholic and Marianist University.

8. The President of the University shall be appointed for an indefinite term of office unless otherwise set by the Board of Trustees.

9. The President may be removed from office at any time by the affirmative vote of two-thirds of the total membership of the Board of Trustees.

10. The Board of Trustees shall have the authority to approve the appointment of all other executive officers of the University upon the recommendation 


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