Committee Chair Explains Knox College Presidential Search Process

From WGIL radio:

The man who will ultimately be in charge of finding the next president for Knox College says a lot of research has already been done into what will take.

Richard Riddell is Vice President of Duke University, and a Knox College alum and Board of Trustees member, and is charing the college’s presidential search committee. President Roger Taylor is retiring at the end of the next academic year, and Riddell says a new president will be in place by then.

Riddell tells WGIL up until now, the college has been gaining a lot of feedback about what will be needed for a successful search.

“We are just finishing up the initial process of talking to every constituency imaginable: alumni, students, staff, faculty, trustees, Galesburg community members,” Riddell said, “to find out not so much who they want to be president, but what are the qualities, what are the qualifications right now? What does Knox need? What kind of person do they need? What are the challenges…what are the opportunities that Knox has?”

Riddell says so far, there’s consensus that the new president has to love Knox College and care about it, and has to be able to reach out to the community — to say nothing of being able to juggle finances and understand academics.