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Presidential Search Seeks Broad Input

By Jeffrey Lott

The search committee charged with finding a successor to President Alfred H. Bloom began its work in earnest this fall. The committee expects to make a final recommendation to the Board of Managers by spring 2009. President Bloom announced in May that he will leave the post on Aug. 31, 2009, after 18 years as Swarthmore’s president.

The committee, chaired by Thomas Spock ’78, a member of the Board since 1997, is sponsoring a Web site where all aspects of the search are described. In September, the committee’s search consultant, Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, conducted extensive interviews with members of the campus community and alumni body, including current and former Board members. The committee then created a “position specification” describing the nature of the College, the challenges facing it in the years to come, and the qualities that its new leader should possess in order to be successful.

After advertising the position in major national education publications, the committee expects the nomination process to end on Oct. 30, after which preliminary interviews of selected candidates will be conducted.

Visit the search committee Web site for more information on all aspects of the search, a historical look at Swarthmore’s presidents, and an e-mail link where you may submit a nomination:

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