Frequently Asked Questions


Who selects the next president?

The GW Board of Trustees is charged with selecting the president. The board will be aided in this effort by the Presidential Search Committee, which will identify candidates and will also consult with the Faculty Senate Executive Committee and the Faculty Consultative Committee

Who are the members of the Faculty Consultative Committee, and how were they selected?

In fall 2021, 17 faculty members from all 10 schools and colleges were named to serve on the committee. The members of the Faculty Consultative Committee are Senay Agca (GWSB), Marie Borum (SMHS), Lara Brown (CPS), Ellen Costello (SMHS), Cynthia Dowd (CCAS), Hope M. Harrison (ESIA), Lionel Howard (GSEHD), Shaista Khilji (GSEHD), Chris Kojm (ESIA), Daisy Le (SON), Anne Markus (Milken Institute SPH), Kim Roddis (SEAS), Carlos Rodriguez-Diaz (Milken Institute SPH), Mary Jean Schumann (SON), Ralph Steinhardt (GW Law), Sarah Wagner (CCAS) and Gayle Wald (CCAS). 

Has an executive search firm been selected?

After an extensive review of materials and interviews, the Presidential Search Committee recommended the team from Education Executives, a highly experienced executive search firm, to assist the university’s search for its 19th president. Education Executives specializes in searches for senior academic leaders for comprehensive research universities.

Read more about the search firm in GW Today.

Why is confidentiality important?

A confidential presidential process is critical to a successful search. The best candidates will not appear for an open or compromised search. 

Will there be opportunities for input from the GW community?

There will be a series of town halls and meetings with various university stakeholders, such as students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the local community. These meetings will give the GW community an opportunity to provide their input to the Board of Trustees and the Presidential Search Committee in developing the presidential profile. If you are unable to attend one of these meetings, you still have an opportunity to submit your input via the feedback form. 

What if I have questions about the presidential selection process?

You may submit questions either on the feedback form on this website or via email to [email protected]. Your email will be sent directly to the Presidential Search Committee for review and response.