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Update: September 1, 2022

Dear Madonna University Community,

On behalf of the Madonna University Board of Trustees, we are proud to announce that a national search for the University's next president will launch this fall.  This is an exciting and important time in Madonna’s history with both challenges and opportunities before us.  Madonna’s eighth president will lead us into the future as we continue to live the Felician-Franciscan Mission.  The search process will be inclusive, comprehensive, and collaborative.

The presidential search committee reflects a cross representation of the Madonna University community---trustees, faculty, staff, students, alumni, Felician Sisters, and the local community.   The committee, with guidance from RPA Inc, the search firm, will focus on facilitating a thorough search process to choose a new president who will further help our University maximize its resources, reputation, and tradition in support of students.   

To begin the process, we are pleased to announce the following members of the search committee: 

Presidential Search Committee Members

Sr. Aquinas Szott, Chair Felician Sister, Madonna University Trustee, Ministry Advisor, Felician Services Inc.
David (D.J.) Boyd, Vice Chair Madonna University Board Chair, Financial Advisor, Edward Jones Investments
Clifford Camp Madonna University Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Emily DeHaan Madonna University Graduate Student, Alumna '22
Irena Glover Assistant Professor, Madonna University College of Education & Human Development
Sr. Nancy Jamroz Co-Director of the Madonna University Center for Catholic Studies and Interfaith Dialogue
Nermine Atteya Professor, Madonna University
School of Business
Michael Obloy Madonna University Trustee, President, Special Drill and Reamer Corp.
Roxanne Roth Assistant Professor, Madonna University College of Nursing & Health
Willie Sawyer Secretary, Madonna University Student Senate, Class of 2024         
Leonard Suchyta Of Counsel
Susan Toma Associate Dean, Madonna University College of Arts & Sciences
Dan West President & CEO Livonia Chamber of Commerce
James Woodworth Alumnus ’04, Founder & Chief Experience Officer, Success Mortgage Group
Sandra Oswalt, Secretary to the Committee Senior Coordinator, Madonna University School of Business
Karen Sanborn, Communications Madonna University Executive Director of Communications & Events

The Board has retained the services of RPA Inc., one of the leading national executive recruitment and consulting firms for higher education. To initiate our collaborative process, team members from RPA Inc. will be visiting campus this September to hear from the on- and off-campus community to better understand who we are and where we are headed. More information about these visits will be sent soon.

The search committee, together with our consultants, will focus on the following priorities:

  • Develop a leadership profile of our next president based on input from the Madonna University community
  • Evaluate potential candidates
  • Recommend to the Board of trustees qualified finalists for consideration

The fiduciary and legal responsibility to select and hire the next president rests with the Board of Trustees.

As search committee chair, I will serve as spokesperson for the committee and will share updates periodically with the campus community. 
Questions or comments can be directed to presidentialsearch@madonna.edu

Our thanks to all who have agreed to serve on the committee for their commitment to this process and to Madonna University.  

Peace and All Good,

Sr. Aquinas Szott
Chair of the Madonna University Presidential Search Committee

D.J. Boyd
Vice-Chair of the Madonna University Presidential Search Committee

Update: June 21, 2022

The Madonna University Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the upcoming presidential search, with the goal of selecting the 8th president of Madonna University by spring of 2023. The University has partnered with RPA Inc., a nationally recognized executive recruitment firm in higher education, to assist the Board and search committee in their work to identify Madonna's next president. At this time in our 85-year history, challenges and opportunities are before us. Choosing the next president will advance our future as we continue to actualize our Mission.

We thank the members of the Presidential Search Firm Selection Committee for their diligent work in recommending our search firm. Members included: Jesse Cox, Dr. Deborah Dunn, Tracey Durden, Victor Lauria, Trustees DJ Boyd, Michael Obloy, Sr. Aquinas Szott, and of counsel Len Suchyta.

Trustee and Felician Sister Aquinas Szott has been appointed chair of the Presidential Search Committee. She will serve as committee spokesperson and periodically will issue updates to the campus community.

The search committee, which will be appointed over the summer months, will receive stakeholder feedback during this important search process. As we approach the fall semester, additional information will be shared regarding how to provide your thoughts to RPA Inc. through listening sessions that will be conducted on campus, as well as through an online survey.

When the search launches, and as it progresses, the search committee will post a prospectus, timelines, and updates to a presidential search webpage for the campus and external community. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.

For Madonna,

D.J. Boyd
Chair, Madonna University Board of Trustees