Presidential Search

Stetson University is preparing to conduct a search for its 10th president following President Wendy B. Libby’s announcement to the Stetson community in February that she will retire in June 2020. This page provides information about the Presidential search including various resource materials and updates.

The chair of Stetson University’s Board of Trustees, Joe Cooper, sent the following information on Friday, April 12.

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To The Stetson University Community

Important pieces of the initial phase of our search for Stetson University’s 10th president have been completed or are underway, and the Presidential Search Committee wants to ensure you are kept informed.

At meetings in DeLand in early April, the committee interviewed potential agencies to assist the university in this very important search. On Tuesday, April 9, the search committee announced the university has retained Lucy Leske and Dennis Barden of Witt/Kieffer to help lead the search. We are excited to move forward in partnership with Witt/Kieffer. The firm’s outstanding reputation and innovative search approach for higher education leaders as well as their collective portfolio of similar search work provide the best fit as we seek our next president.

Soon the search committee will announce a series of community forums hosted by the committee and Witt/Kieffer so we may hear from students, faculty, staff, alumni, trustees and other friends of Stetson. The forums will help all of us identify the challenges and opportunities facing Stetson, so we can align those with the attributes and experience we will seek in our next president.

Witt/Kieffer has assisted this process by helping us establish a survey of five questions that can help prompt this discussion. Please take a few moments to review and answer the questions and post your comments on the survey. The results are anonymous, unless you choose to provide your contact information, and will be included in our review.

Witt/Kieffer asks that all nominations, applications and expressions of interest be sent to

Latest News

Stetson University Announces Witt/Kieffer to Lead Presidential Search

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

The Presidential Search Committee for Stetson University has announced that Witt/Kieffer has been retained to support the committee’s search for Stetson’s next more

Stetson University Board of Trustees Chair Announces Presidential Search Committee

Monday, March 11, 2019

The Stetson University Board of Trustees today announced the members of the university’s Presidential Search Committee following the retirement announcement from President Wendy B. Libby, Ph. more