W&M presidential search continues

sbirkenmeyer@vagazette.com

The College of William and Mary Presidential Search Committee met for roughly six hours Tuesday to discuss ongoing efforts to find a successor to the college’s current president, Taylor Reveley, who will retire at the end of June. The meeting was largely a closed session.

“They’re at the point now where it’s at the confidential phase,” said Brian Whitson, the college’s chief communications officer.

The deadline for nominating candidates was Nov. 17, when the search committee last met. Whitson said the college won’t comment on how many candidates are vying for the position, but the committee’s goal is to submit no more than three recommendations to the school’s Board of Visitors by Feb. 15.

Committee chairman H. Thomas Watkins III said Tuesday’s meeting went well as they continue to narrow down an “excellent” pool of candidates.

“We had a very successful day, and we determined a path going forward for the next phase of our work,” he said.

The initial presidential search timeline planned to conduct interviews for the position this fall. Instead, interviews for the job of William and Mary’s 28th president will commence in 2018, as the spring semester dawns. As for when the community can expect an announcement, the date remains undetermined.

“There have been no decisions on timing of an announcement, and much of that timing will depend on the very important work of the committee over the next few months to screen and interview candidates,” Whitson said.

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