Ashland University Launches Presidential Search

Ashland University Launches Presidential Search

Ashland University has formed a Presidential Search Committee that has started the process of identifying the 30th president in the University’s 142-year history. The new president will succeed Dr. William Crothers, who has served as interim president for the past year.

The Search Committee, which is co-chaired by AU Board of Trustee members Paul McKnight and Joyce Lamb, is working with the search consultant firm, AGB Search. The search committee is comprised of trustee members Tom Pickering, Tom Whatman, Jon Groza, Mitch Zunich, Kevin Doss, Dale Thomae, Gary Courtright and John Moore, as well as Faculty Representative Jeff Sikkenga, Administrative Representative Sue Heimann, Student Representative Austin Stritmatter and Seminary representative John Byron.

McKnight said the Search Committee will determine a list of final candidates for the position and present their names to the Board of Trustees, who will appoint the new president.

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