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10/18/2011: Letter to the Community from Chancellor Tisch

October 18, 2011

Dear Members of the Brown Community,

I am pleased to announce the members of the Presidential Selection Committee of the Corporation and the Campus Advisory Committee. The committees represent the diversity and excellence of the Brown community, and will work closely together to conduct the search to identify the 19th president.

The Presidential Selection Committee is comprised of sixteen members of the Corporation: Vice Chancellor Jerome C. Vascellaro '74, P'07; Treasurer Alison S. Ressler '80, P'09, P'10, P'13, P'15; Secretary Donald C. Hood ScM'68 PhD'70; Brown Alumni Association President George H. Billings '72; Martin J. Granoff LHD'06 hon., P'93; Richard A. Friedman '79, P'08; Cathy Frank Halstead; Lauren J. Kolodny '08; Matthew J. Mallow '64 LHD'08 hon., P'02; Samuel M. Mencoff '78, P'11, P'15; Nancy Fuld Neff '76, P'06, P'14; Theresia Gouw Ranzetta '90; Joan Wernig Sorensen '72, P'06, P'06; Anita V. Spivey '74, P'09; Jasmine M. Waddell '99. As has been the tradition in Brown presidential searches, I will chair the committee in my role as Chancellor.

The Campus Advisory Committee (CAC) members were appointed directly by their respective governance bodies: the Faculty Executive Committee (FEC), Medical Faculty Executive Committee (MFEC), Undergraduate Council of Students, Graduate Student Council, Medical Student Senate and the Staff Advisory Committee. The CAC has traditionally been chaired and vice chaired by members of the faculty, and those appointments were made jointly by the FEC and MFEC. The chair of the CAC is Chung-I Tan, Professor of Physics, and the vice chair is Sharon Rounds, Professor of Medicine and of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine; Alpert Medical School; Chief, Medical Service, Providence VA Medical Center. The other members are: Alison DeLong, Associate Professor of Biology; Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, and Biochemistry; Donald Forsyth, James L. Manning Professor of Geological Sciences; Susan Harvey, Willard Prescott and Annie McClelland Smith Professor of Religious Studies and Chair, Department of Religious Studies; Marion Orr, Fred Lippitt Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Political Science and Urban Studies and Director, Taubman Center for Public Policy; Julia Heneghan ‘09 MD’13, Alpert Medical School; Brandon Broome ’12; Raj Dhaliwal ’12; David Rattner ’13; Neal Fox GS’, Cognitive, Linguistic & Psychological Sciences; Paulo Baptista, Lead Systems Programmer, Computing and Information Services; and Kathy Tameo, Director, Finance and Administration, Campus Life and Student Services. I am grateful to each of the campus governance bodies for appointing their representatives in a thoughtful and timely manner.

As noted in my prior communication regarding the search process, we believe that it will be beneficial for our committees to be supported by the services of a search firm, and we have selected the firm of Spencer Stuart for that role. The Spencer Stuart team will be led by Jennifer Bol, the head of the firm’s global Education, Nonprofit & Government Practice. Jennifer will be assisted by Michele Haertel, who is a leader of Spencer Stuart’s Academic Practice. Jennifer and Michele have extensive experience in higher education leadership searches, and we are confident in their abilities to help Brown’s search be successful.

Over the coming weeks members of both committees and the search firm will be actively engaged in seeking input and engagement from the community regarding the opportunities and challenges facing Brown and the qualities of leadership we should be seeking in our next president. Further information about those opportunities will be communicated to the campus as details are finalized. In the meantime, we welcome your questions, comments, suggestions, and nominations of candidates at:


Thomas J. Tisch