Frequently Asked Questions

What is the timeframe for the presidential selection process?

The selection process to identify the new president began soon after President Knapp’s announcement in June 2016 and will continue until a new president is named.  With this critically important endeavor, the entire process will take several months to complete and will likely conclude in spring 2017.  It is expected that the new president will begin in August 2017.

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 the fall 2016, the Faculty Assembly elected nine members to the Faculty Consultative Committee, and delegated to the Faculty Senate the responsibility of adding seven additional faculty members to the committee. The co-chairs of the Faculty Consultative Committee are Vincent Chiappinelli (SMHS) and Carol Lang (SON). Additional members are Nathan Brown (ESIA), Dana Tai Soon Burgess (CCAS), Diana Burley (GSEHD), Theo Christov (CCAS), Maria de la Fuente (CCAS), George Gray (GWSPH), Jennifer Griffin (GWSB), Katherine Horton (GWSPH), Dina Khoury (CCAS), Can Korman (SEAS), Toni Marsh (CPS), Michael O’Donnell (CCAS), Roger Schechter (LAW), and Neha Shah (SMHS). 

Has an executive search firm been selected?

The national executive search firm Isaacson, Miller has been selected to assist in the university's search for its 17th president.  Isaacson, Miller will aid in identifying a highly qualified and diverse pool of candidates.  The firm will advise the search committee at each stage of the recruitment process.

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. To that end, all members of the Presidential Search Committee and the staff supporting the committee have signed a confidentiality agreement. All information about the search will come from Committee Chair Madeleine Jacobs or Board Chair Nelson Carbonell.

Will there be opportunities for input from the GW community?

There were 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 gave 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 were unable to attend one of those 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 presidentsearch@gwu.edu. Your email will be sent directly to the Presidential Search Committee for review and response.