Message from the Presidential Search Committee Chair
February 13, 2014
To the Cabrini College Community,
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Donald B. Taylor as the eighth President of Cabrini College.
Dr. Taylor, Provost and Chief Academic Officer at Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill., since 2008, exhibits the energy, focus, and commitment to mission so vital to Cabrini College at this point in our history.
In his letter of application for the position, Dr. Taylor wrote: The more I learn about Cabrini College, the greater I hear “the vocational calling” to lead this remarkable institution and I admit I have thought of little else during the past week!
With more than 20 years in a Catholic institution of higher learning, Dr. Taylor fully appreciates the academic excellence and value-based education we at Cabrini provide and model for our students.
He is prepared to articulate an education rooted in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, social justice, faith, reason, and servant leadership. I know that he will embrace and animate the traditions, mission, and charism of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus who founded Cabrini College.
At Benedictine University, he helped to launch two branch campuses, in Springfield, Ill., and Mesa, Ariz. Dr. Taylor has been an active participant in the evolution of Benedictine from a small residential liberal arts college of 1,000 students to a comprehensive doctoral institution of nearly 10,000 students with a commitment to cultural, racial, and religious diversity. He has helped also to expand the diversity of the university’s geographic outreach, education delivery methods, and sources of revenue.
He has been active in building high-quality programs and partnerships with community colleges, professional schools, teaching hospitals, and local school districts in traditional undergraduate and graduate, adult/post-traditional students, international/global, and online education.
Prior to his appointment as Provost, Dr. Taylor served as the first Dean of the College of Sciences at Benedictine, Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences, and Program Director for the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program.
He joined the faculty at Benedictine in 1992, and was recognized with the Scholl Endowed Chair in the Health Sciences in 1997. Prior to coming to Benedictine, he was supported by a research fellowship from the Van Vleet Cancer Foundation. Dr. Taylor earned a BS in Education and a PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Memphis.
Dr. Taylor will visit Cabrini again in late March. He will begin his presidency July 1, 2014, when he and his wife Lechia and 13-year-old son Seth move into the recently acquired President’s residence on Upper Gulph Road at the north edge of campus.
I want to express my appreciation to the entire Cabrini College community—faculty, students, alumni, staff, and trustees. Your participation in the process was extraordinary. Your input throughout the search and your feedback on the candidates were extremely valuable to the Search Committee in making its recommendation, and to the Board in making this appointment.
As a community, we owe a great debt of gratitude to Elizabeth Riley Bell ’69 and Joan Buzzallino ’66 and the entire Presidential Search Committee, who pored over scores of applications and resumes and interviewed 15 candidates by phone, via Skype, and in person. The Search Committee was tireless in its efforts to find the right person to lead the College into our future.
And finally, on behalf of the Board of Trustees I want to thank Deb Takes, who stepped down as Chair of the Board to accept the role of Interim President and steer the College through this transition.
Leadership is at the core of the Mission of Cabrini College, and I can think of no finer example of leadership than that which Deb has shown us over the last seven months. Deb began as an adjunct professor in 1986, joined the Board of Trustees in 2000, and served as Chair of the Board from 2011 to 2013.
Her contributions to the College span more than 30 years, but it was the past seven months that truly have shown all of us what a gift we have in Deb Takes.
Sincerely, Thomas P. Nerney ’77 Chair, Board of Trustees
January 31, 2014
Dear Members of the Cabrini Community,
Once more, I would like to congratulate the community on providing a warm and inviting Cabrini welcome to a candidate for the Presidency of Cabrini College.
Earlier this week, we hosted the second candidate for interviews and discussions with various stakeholders of Cabrini College.
I am appreciative of the participation of students, faculty, staff, alumni, administrators, and Trustees in this process. I was especially pleased with your participation in the afternoon and evening Town Meetings, and the Presidential Search Committee will work to provide you with similar access as other candidates visit Cabrini.
The search process is still open. The Search Committee is actively engaged, and additional candidates are under consideration and screening. Until a final announcement has been made regarding the Board of Trustees’ selection of the new President, the screening process will continue.
I repeat the admonition that the selection of a President requires time and patience from all of us. Please keep in mind that this process is time- and tone-sensitive.
As Chair of the Presidential Search Committee, it is my intention to ensure that the process is transparent and that the input of all Cabrini constituencies is sought and valued.
The Search Committee continues to discuss possible finalists, and we will keep the Cabrini College Community informed as the search progresses.
January 16, 2014
I am writing to provide an update on the search process for the new President of Cabrini College. Earlier this week, we hosted a candidate for interviews and discussions with the various stakeholders of Cabrini College.
I am appreciative of the participation of students, faculty, staff, alumni, administrators, and Trustees in this process, and your thoughtful comments have been invaluable. As other candidates visit Cabrini, we will schedule evening sessions to accommodate those who are unable to get to campus during the day.
I do need, however, to stress that the search process is still open. The Presidential Search Committee is actively engaged, and additional candidates are under consideration and screening.
With the assistance of our search firm Korn/Ferry International, to date we have attracted the interest of nearly 70 potential candidates to date. The search committee has conducted eight video conferences and seven face-to-face interviews, including three video conferences this week.
Until a final announcement has been made regarding the Board of Trustees’ selection of the new President, the screening process will continue, and all members of the Cabrini Community are encouraged to submit names of potential candidates to me.
The Position Specification linked below delineates the particular characteristics that are being sought in our new President.
The Search Committee is charged with adhering strictly to these specifications and in turn have been asked to recommend a very selective list of individuals who exhibit the leadership skills deemed appropriate for guiding us through these challenging times in higher education, and ensuring the continued growth and sustainability of Cabrini College.
Only those candidates who possess the skill sets indicated in the Position Specification are being actively pursued in this process, and this selectivity requires time and patience from all of us.
Please keep in mind that this process is time- and tone-sensitive. As Chair of the Presidential Search Committee, it is my intention to ensure that the process is transparent and that the input of all Cabrini constituencies is sought and valued.
Nov. 20, 2013
As Chair of the Presidential Search Committee, I wanted to give you a periodic update on our search process. I am pleased to report that the search is going well, with robust interest in the role and involvement and input from the Cabrini community.
This input has been immensely helpful as we think about the criteria by which we are seeking and evaluating potential candidates. We welcome this continued involvement from the community, as our process is ongoing.
In order to attract the most qualified and compelling set of candidates, the search still requires confidentiality at these early stages. With guidance from our retained search firm, Korn/Ferry International, the committee is now recruiting and evaluating a preliminary slate of candidates.
That process, while ongoing, is tracking as we would have hoped. Our expectation remains to bring a slate of finalists to campus in early 2014 to meet with a variety of stakeholder groups. However, in a search of this nature, there is always the possibility of the search taking longer than expected. We will look forward to keeping you updated if it appears our timeline will extend.
We appreciate your involvement, support and understanding of our process, and we look forward to bringing this search to a successful appointment next year.
Tom Nerney Chair, Board of Trustees
Cabrini College invites nominations and applications for its Presidency.
Job Description - Cabrini College President PDF
Founded in 1957 by the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (MSC), Cabrini is a residential Catholic college in Radnor, Pennsylvania, that challenges minds, educates hearts, and develops leaders.
Cabrini serves 2,800 men and women in undergraduate and graduate liberal arts and sciences and professional studies programs. The College boasts an accomplished faculty and staff, engaged alumni and students, and state-of-the-art facilities for science, education, technology, communications and health-related curricula.
Cabrini offers small classes, a 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio, and a highly committed faculty that mentors students to success.
Directly accountable to the Board of Trustees, the President is the chief executive officer responsible for executive management of all operations of Cabrini.
The College enjoys a strong reputation and high level of student satisfaction. Over several recent years, 95% percent of undergraduates were employed or in graduate school 10 months after graduation.
The President will have the exciting opportunity to ensure that Cabrini continues to serve its students, its alumni and the broader community through its mission and its commitment to academic excellence.
Along with his/her Cabinet, the President will be responsible for thinking holistically about Cabrini, its unique value proposition and mission fulfillment, and for designing and executing a plan to allow the College to thrive while operating efficiently.
Cabrini College's next President will be an experienced and successful leader who will possess the skills necessary to effectively address the disruption occurring in higher education. In particular, s/he will have the ability to articulate a vision and possess both an operational aptitude and a distinguished record of executive leadership.
Compelling candidates may come from either academia or the corporate/not-for-profit realms, and will value Catholic higher education and be able to advance the mission and values of Cabrini College in a way that is faithful to the Catholic intellectual tradition and the principles of Catholic Social Teaching.
Screening of candidates will begin immediately. Complete application packets should include a formal letter of interest and a CV/résumé.
Cabrini College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer (AA/EOE).
Search Firm – Korn/Ferry The firm of Korn/Ferry International, a leader in executive searches in higher education, will facilitate the search.