Larry Culp, Vice Chairman of the Board, was also included in all discussions of significant issues. Joe Holt did a masterful job of coordinating all committee activities,acting as a liaison with the consultant, the committee, senior staff, the candidates and allothers who would eventually become involved in the process. It is amazing how manymoving parts there are in this process and Joe was brilliant in the coordination of thosemoving parts. Below is a summary of our activities.Appointing the Presidential Search CommitteeAt the request of Ed Nordberg ‘82, Chair of the Board of Visitors and Governors, Iagreed to serve as Chair of the Presidential Search Committee. Ten individuals wereappointed to assist me in this important work. Larry Culp ‘85, Steve Golding ‘72, NinaHoughton P’82 GP’11, and Ralph Snyderman '61 H’04 agreed to serve as Boardrepresentatives; Louise Amick ‘69 (Associate Professor of Mathematics), Joachim Scholz(Professor of German and former Provost and Dean of the College), and John Seidel(Lammot duPont Copeland Associate Professor of Anthropology and EnvironmentalStudies, Chair of the Anthropology and Sociology Departments, and Director of theCenter for Environment & Society) were asked to serve as faculty representatives; BryanMatthews ‘75, Associate Vice President for Administrative Services and Director of Athletics, was asked to represent the staff of the College; Jeannie Baliles ’62, Visitor Emeritus and Chair of the Nominations Committee of the Alumni Board, was asked torepresent the alumni of the College; and Sarah (Tri) Ofosu-Ameyaw ‘10, President of theStudent Government Association, was asked to represent the students of WashingtonCollege. Ed Nordberg served ex officio, and Joe Holt was asked to provideadministrative support to the Committee.In assembling the committee, we sought to achieve a balance in experience and expertise.The Board representatives reflected the range of our membership – there were alumni anda parent/grandparent/friend; alumni-elected, board-elected, and gubernatorial-appointedmembers; those who were just beginning their Board service, as well as those who haveserved for many years; those from the local region, as well as those from some distance;members who have served on all major Board committees; and members who arereflective of a wide range of life experiences. Our representative faculty membersspanned the three academic divisions (Humanities, Natural Sciences, and SocialSciences). The Associate Vice President for Administrative Services is broadlyexperienced within student services (athletics, student affairs, and dining services), andhis service at Washington College spans almost twenty years. Jeannie Baliles, the alumnirepresentative, chairs the Alumni Board’s Nominations Committee and is also anemeritus member of the Board of Visitors and Governors. Tri Ofosu, a psychology and political science double major, serves as the elected president of the Student GovernmentAssociation. Ralph Snyderman and Joachim Scholz brought the added experience of having served on the College’s last presidential search committee.Selection of an Executive Search FirmEd Nordberg chaired a subcommittee to identify a national executive search firm to assistthe Committee. A request for proposals was issued to six national firms. Three firmswere interviewed, and the firm of Storbeck/Pimental was engaged to assist theCommittee in this important work. Storbeck/Pimental is a premiere executive searchfirm serving the chief executive officer and chief academic officer search needs of American higher education. The firm has its roots as the Education Practice of A.T.Kearney Executive Search.