Knox presidential search narrows

From The Register-Mail:

The Knox College presidential search committee is moving closer to its goal of announcing a new president early this year, leaving plenty of time for some overlap before President Roger Taylor retires June 30.

The committee met Jan. 5 and 6 to interview semifinalists and narrowed the list to three candidates who have been invited to campus for a second round of interviews later this month.

“We were very impressed with the qualities and experience of everyone that we interviewed,” wrote Richard Riddell, search committee chair and Knox College trustee, in his latest update on the Knox College website.

Riddell, who also serves as vice president and university secretary of Duke University, said in a phone interview Thursday that the committee is working on a schedule for the meetings, which will serve multiple purposes.

“We want to give the search committee a chance to get input from the Knox community and give candidates a chance to validate their choice to be at Knox,” said Riddell. “And we want to have a chance to recruit them, because all three finalists would be a great fit.”

Riddell said the candidates have had “substantial” leadership experience at liberal arts colleges, possessing titles such as provost, dean and assistant dean. In alignment with the committee’s initial goal, the candidates also have experience in the Midwest, either through their careers or family ties to the region…