Ottawa College Board of Trustees Chairman Blessed DeFries introduced Jan. 5 that the university is beginning a research for a new University President and Main Govt Officer to triumph Chancellor Kevin C. Eichner, powerful July 1, 2021.
“We have been most lucky to profit from Kevin’s management about these earlier 12 many years,” DeFries stated. “This has been a period of time of unparalleled development and development at OU. Whilst Kevin’s agreement runs as a result of July 1 of 2022, the board is commencing the research and succession approach a calendar year earlier to ensure that the new president will profit from Kevin’s yrs of working experience, contacts, and ongoing engagement in strategic initiatives prior to his complete retirement in 2022.”
Eichner, who beforehand served on the board of trustees for 25 a long time, was named the 21st president of Ottawa University in March 2008. In early 2018, Eichner was named chancellor by the board to lay the foundation for campus presidents to be employed in Ottawa and Surprise.
“Marylin and I have relished our operate at Ottawa and prize our relationships with our board, workers, college students, alumni, and donors,” Eichner said. “These are the people that carry the OU Spirit to everyday living, and we glimpse forward to introducing our successors to all that will make Ottawa College so special and the work of making ready college students for lifetimes of particular significance so worthy. By commencing this course of action now, the board and I think we can attain the smoothest achievable changeover of leadership and can give the new chief a operating start as s/he consider about this rising and increasingly complex institution.”
Ottawa has hired the search firm of EFL Associates to conduct the search less than the management of that firm’s principal, Stephen Waldron. The business will be guided by a decide on look for committee of the board, together with school, staff, and alumni. Representative customers of all essential constituencies will at some point be engaged in the system of picking out Ottawa’s following main executive all through the up coming couple of months.
The target is to title Eichner’s successor by mid- to late-spring, and to have the new particular person in situation by July 1, 2021, at which time s/he will suppose the chief government stage obligation for the university as a entire.
It is predicted that the Chancellor’s Cupboard consisting of the two household campus presidents, the EVP and CFO, the EVP for Online, the College Tutorial Provost, and the VP’s of Advancement will report to the new university president and CEO at that time.
As has been the situation for the Eichners, the new college president (and quick loved ones if correct) will be predicted to preserve a strong personal existence in Kansas and Arizona.
When the new executive is in location, Chancellor Eichner has agreed to continue his get the job done on behalf of the university in a non-executive ability, and on a decreased time foundation, by the full time period of his agreement at the conclude of June 2022, to shepherd fundraising, campus improvement, corporate partnerships, and strategic capital initiatives currently underway, although aiding to onboard and aid the new President as s/he usually takes place of work.