Fairleigh Dickinson University is currently in the process of finding the perfect candidate to take on the role as the university’s next president.

The search, which is being conducted by the FDU Presidential Search Committee and assisted by the firm of R. William Funk & Associates, began in the fall of 2012 and is expected to be completed by this spring.

The committee “has been formed with 14 representatives from a wide breadth of university constituencies, including the Board of Trustees, faculty, administration, students and alumni,” according to

All constituencies of the university expressed similar expectations for the new president, said Robert Hallenback, chair of the Presidential Search Committee.

“I was looking for people who, from what I gathered collectively from all the different campus constituencies, [are] going to best meet the challenges but also create new opportunities for the university – take the university from where Michael Adams took it and continue to grow the reputation of the university in the future,” explained Hallenback.

The Presidential Leadership Statement released on Nov. 14 states that the next president should be able to leverage, balance, spearhead, demonstrate, comprehend, innovate and communicate the needs of the FDU community. That person also must show courage; generate passion, energy and enthusiasm; and exemplify humility and integrity for the community.

According to Hallenback, there were more than 70 potential candidates for the position on Jan. 22, when the committee gathered for the first time to discuss current applications. After the meeting, the committee planned to have five to 15 candidates from the diverse pool of applicants advance in the search process.

From then on, the search process would involve intense background and reference checks of remaining candidates. Once all checks are completed, the committee will ask only the most qualified applicants to come in for what are known as “airport interviews,” hour-long interviews where candidates are literally flown in from their respectful locations to meet with the entire search committee.

Hallenback hopes that FDU will be able to announce its new president sometime in late March, but no later than Commencement.

The new president will likely start the job on July 1.

Any updates on the presidential search will be announced at

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