June 24, 2016

Dear UC Community:

I am pleased to announce the establishment of the search committee that will assist the Board of Trustees in identifying the University of Cincinnati’s next president.  We believe the composition of the presidential search committee, as outlined in University Rule 3361:10-6-01, reflects the core values of inclusion, engagement and excellence that stand at the heart of this great university.

As chair of the Board of Trustees, I will also chair the presidential search committee and be joined by the following representatives: 

  • Shakila Ahmad, UC Foundation Board of Trustees
  • C. Francis Barrett, Past Chairman, UC Board of Trustees
  • Thomas D. Cassady, UC Board of Trustees
  • Phil D. Collins, UC Board of Trustees
  • Thomas H. Humes, Past Chairman, UC Board of Trustees
  • Ericka King-Betts, Community Member
  • Richard P. Lofgren, President and CEO, UC Health
  • W. Troy Neat, UC Alumni Association
  • Mitchell A. Phelps, Undergraduate Student Government
  • Robert Probst, Dean, College of Design, Architecture, Art & Planning
  • Sid Thatham, Graduate Student Government
  • Tina F. Whalen, Dean, College of Allied Health Sciences
  • Faculty Member, to be elected by Faculty Senate
  • Faculty Member, to be elected by Faculty Senate
  • Ohio Department of Higher Education Designee, to be selected by the Chancellor

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I want to express my admiration and appreciation to this distinguished group of leaders for their eagerness to partner with us in identifying a visionary leader who will help propel the University of Cincinnati into our third century of excellence.

The presidential search committee will engage a professional search firm to assist us with this comprehensive national search.  More details on the search process, timeline and website—as well as on opportunities for you to provide input and monitor progress—will be forthcoming.  We look forward to partnering with you.

Go Bearcats!


Robert E. Richardson Jr.
Chair, University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees



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