In-state tuition, presidential search to be discussed at William and Mary next week


William and Mary Board of Visitors will meet next week to discuss in-state tuition for next fall’s freshmen and to get an update on the presidential search.

Board members will consider on how much they will raise the tuition for freshmen attending next fall. They could choose to raise it anywhere from 4 percent to 6.5 percent, according to a news release from the college.

Budgetary issues on the state level are part of why the college adopted the William and Mary Promise in 2013. In-state students in each incoming class since have paid more than the previous one, but tuition is frozen once they arrive on campus. Fees can and have risen.

In November 2016, the board increased tuition for in-state students by 4.4 percent. Originally, it considered a 7.5 percent increase, but backed off amid pressure from the state.

Incremental revenue since starting the Promise has gone toward raising faculty and staff salaries as well as toward offering financial aid, particularly to students from low-income households.

At its April 2018 meeting, the board will set tuition for out-of-state students, as well as graduate and professional students.

Presidential search

President Taylor Reveley will retire in June 2018 after 10 years at the helm of the university. The Presidential Search Committee is looking for candidates to become the institution’s 28th president.

Search committee members include faculty, staff, members of the Board of Visitors, one current student, one recent graduate and chancellor Robert Gates — himself a former president at Texas A&M University.

In three separate April 19 meetings, the search committee met with faculty, students and staff for feedback on what they should look for in the college's next president.

The comments ranged from looking for someone who understands why diversity matters on a college campus to finding a leader who is intimately familiar with academia.

In September, the college released its Presidential Search Profile, making public the document that prospective candidates will mull over as they consider the job.

It includes information on the history of the college, its financial position and its reputation among other institutions of higher education in Virginia.

By February 2018 at the latest, the committee will bring two to three candidates to the Board of Visitors for their consideration. There currently are no plans to release the names of any finalists before the full board makes its decision.

In September, the University of Virginia announced Harvard education dean James Ryan would become its next president. His official term starts in October 2018.

All scheduled Board of Visitors meetings are open to the public, as is the Presidential Search committee meeting.

There will be no opportunity for public comment.

Board of Visitors meetings

Where: Blow Hall, 262 Richmond Road

When: Board of Visitors meetings start at 2 p.m. Nov. 15, 8 a.m. Nov. 16 and 8:45 a.m. Nov. 17

Search committee meeting

Where: Blow Hall, 262 Richmond Road

When: 1:30 p.m. Nov. 17

Wright can be reached by phone at 757-345-2343.

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