Feb. 5, 2021
Members of the Bentley Community,
The Presidential Search Committee has been diligently at work over the past few months and now into 2021. With insights gained from a series of community meetings with key stakeholders in early fall, the committee worked with our partners at Isaacson Miller to craft a position description that articulates the attributes and skills we are looking for in Bentley University’s ninth president. I am pleased to report that response to the released position description was robust and that the developed candidate pool was strong, despite the social, economic and health challenges that 2020 presented. The first phase of the search has been a success.
Now, we have completed the second phase of our search with the committee meeting and evaluating candidates for the position. The committee conducted interviews with candidates in late January and we were fortunate to meet with a group of individuals who were highly competent, diverse and very interested in learning more about Bentley, and ultimately in serving as the university’s next president.
Our conversations with the candidates have been wide-ranging and invigorating, and I am grateful to the members of the committee who have so clearly articulated the university’s strengths, complexities and aspirations for the future. To be a part of the dialogue about Bentley as seen through the eyes of our students, faculty, staff, trustees and alumni has reminded me of why I am so proud to be associated with my alma mater as an alumnus, trustee and Chair of the Presidential Search Committee.
Over the coming weeks, the Presidential Search will enter its next phase, which includes in-depth interviews for second-round candidates with the Board of Trustees. The Board will also meet with the Presidential Search Committee to hear their thoughts on the strengths and suitability of the remaining candidates for the position. Following the Board’s deliberations, I fully anticipate that we will announce the next president of Bentley University.
As promised at the start of this search, I will continue to provide updates on our progress, consistent with our stated policy at the outset to keep the search process confidential out of respect for our candidates. With warm wishes to all of you as the spring term gets underway.
Nick Stavropoulos ’79
Chair, Presidential Search Committee