February 5, 2018

We are pleased to announce the four finalists for the next president of William Paterson University who have been invited to campus for two-day interviews the weeks of February 12-15 and 20-23. The schedule for each candidate includes an open forum, where candidates will make a presentation on a common question and open the floor to a Q&A, followed by an open reception, where you may interact with the candidates on a more informal basis.

Philip Way, PhD – February 12-13

Open Forum: Tuesday, February 13, 12:45-2:00 p.m., Ballroom A
Open Reception: Tuesday, February 13, 2:15 – 3:30 p.m., Ballroom A

Richard Helldobler, PhD – February 14-15

Open Forum: Thursday, February 15, 12:45-2:00 p.m., Ballroom A
Open Reception: Thursday, February 15, 2:15 – 3:30 p.m., Ballroom A

James Strong, PhD – February 20-21

Open Forum: Tuesday, February 20, 12:45-2:00 p.m., Ballroom C
Open Reception: Tuesday, February 20, 2:15 – 3:30 p.m., Ballroom C

Jaffus Hardrick, EdD – February 22-23

Open Forum: Thursday, February 22, 12:45-2:00 p.m., Ballroom A
Open Reception: Thursday, February 22, 2:15 – 3:30 p.m., Ballroom A

Two additional interview times – February 26-27 and February 28-March 1 – are being held as backup dates if inclement weather forces us to reschedule an interview. We will keep the University community apprised of any weather-related changes to the schedule.

A curriculum vita for each candidate is presented on the search website. The website also contains a link for those interested in submitting advance questions for the candidates. In addition to the open forums and receptions, a series of additional meetings have been scheduled with small groups of faculty, staff, and students; the Foundation Board; the Alumni Association Executive Committee; key members of our external community; and the Board of Trustees throughout their very intensive two-day stay with us.

Shuttle service from Valley Road to University Commons will be provided and departure times will be posted on the search website and publicized on the daily announcements.

We strongly encourage all members of the University community to take full advantage of these opportunities and to provide feedback directly to the chair of the search committee. Your comments and impressions are very important to us and are a critical part of the search process. The electronic feedback mechanism is presented on the website and will remain open until midnight on Friday, February 23, 2018. Paper feedback forms will also be available in the ballroom at each open forum and reception.

Frederick L. Gruel
Chair, William Paterson University Board of Trustees

Linda A. Niro '76
William Paterson University Board of Trustees
Chair, Presidential Search Committee