Presidential Search

The Warren Wilson College Board of Trustees has launched a national search for the College’s eighth president. The Board has appointed members to serve on the Presidential Search Committee to assist them in identifying the next president.

The Board has contracted with Coleman Lew + Associates of Charlotte to assist the search process.

This page will be updated regularly with information and news about the Search Committee’s progress.  Please check back here for the most recent information.

Recent News

Exceptional Interest in President’s Position
March 24, 2017

The response to the presidential posting was very strong.  With the invaluable assistance of Coleman Lew, the search committee reviewed a collection of candidate submissions, and based on the strength and diversity of those submissions, the Committee was left with the unenviable task of making hard choices about whom to invite for initial interviews.  We just completed two and a half full days of initial interviews and from that we have now selected a smaller group to come to campus for more extensive interviews.  We are now determining dates and formats for these interviews, which will include opportunities for your review and input, so stay tuned!


High Level of Interest in the WWC Presidential Position
February 19, 2017

A quick update about the status of the search. We have cast a large net for highly qualified and diverse candidates who come from a wide range of traditional (i.e. higher education) and non-traditional professional experiences and backgrounds. Ken and Janny report that our position posting has generated a high level of interest from around the country and world — somewhere in the range of 70-90 who have either been recommended or expressed interest. The Search Committee wants to thank the many of you who have passed along names and information about potential candidates. Ken and Janny are hard at work following up on leads, and we hope to have a very qualified and diverse pool candidates to select from for the committee’s initial interviews in March.

Some of you have asked, “when does the position posting close?” There is no official closing until the Board of Trustees announces our new president, which at the earliest would not likely be until early May. The Search Committee has a schedule in March and April for reviewing and interviewing candidates but if a candidate wants to be considered, their submission will be considered. However, we expect a very strong candidate pool, so submissions late in the process will have a high bar to get over. Thank you again for your help and interest in this very important process!


Position Posting for WWC’s Next President
January 9, 2017

Welcome back to campus! Since our listening sessions ended in early December, our consultants, Ken and Janny, and the Search Committee have been hard at work drafting and finalizing the attached position posting. Word of the position has spread quickly and generated a lot of interest. I have received emails from many quarters with the names of potentially excellent candidates. This is very encouraging and will make our work of selecting and recommending the College’s next president that much more difficult. Please feel free to share this posting with anyone who may have interest!

For the next 4-6 weeks, Ken, Janny, and the Committee will be collecting, reviewing, and culling through the applicants.

Thank you for your attention and participation in this very important process!


Two Days of Listening!
November 23, 2016

Thank you, thank you, thank you to the WWC Community for being such open, candid, and friendly hosts to Ken Carrick and Janny DeLoache from Coleman Lew. Your input was immensely helpful and provided them and the search committee with very helpful, constructive, and meaningful guidance about the qualities and attributes that are important for the Search Committee’s work. Ken and Janny left with a much deeper sense of how special and significant WWC is within higher education and among liberal arts colleges. Over the next two weeks, the Search Committee will conduct some follow-up listening sessions from which a presidential position posting will be crafted. We anticipate this posting going “live” the early part of January 2017. I wish you all an enjoyable and restful Thanksgiving!


Join us!
November 17, 2016

On Monday and Tuesday, November 21 and 22, the Search Committee will be hosting a series of listening sessions on campus with Ken Carrick and Janet “Janny” DeLoache from the search firm Coleman Lew. These sessions will include time for faculty, staff, students, board members, and other members of the Warren Wilson community to offer their input about the qualities, experience, and skills that should be considered for inviting and reviewing prospective candidates for the college’s next president. From this input the Search Committee will develop a position posting for prospective candidates to review. Below is the schedule. We look forward to hearing from you!

Monday, November 21

11:00 Academic Division Chairs (Laursen Conference Room)
12:00 Open Meeting with Faculty/Staff (Canon Lounge)
1:30 Faculty Steering Committee with Catina (Laursen Conference Room)
3:00 Staff Steering Committee with Brooke (Laursen Conference Room)
4:00 Scott McKinney (Scott’s Office)
5:00 Open Meeting with Students (Canon Lounge)
6:30 Meet with Board Chair and Search Committee Chair TBA
7:30 Dinner with Local Trustees TBA

Tuesday, November 22

7:30 Alumni (Orr Conference Room)
8:15 Swannanoa Gathering, Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church, MFA (Orr Conf. Room)
9:00 Cabinet (Laursen Conference Room)
10:30 Doug Orr (TBD)
12:00 Lunch with Student Leaders (Gladfelter)
1:30 Steve Solnick (Steve’s Office)
2:15 Open time
3:00 Search Committee (Laursen Conference Room)


Warren Wilson College hires firm in search for eighth president
October 31, 2016

Warren Wilson College has retained Coleman Lew + Associates of Charlotte to assist with its search for a new president. The announcement came Friday as members of the College Board of Trustees met with staff and faculty members to ensure transparency throughout the search process.


Warren Wilson College president tapped to lead Manhattan independent school
October 18, 2016

Steven L. Solnick is stepping down from his post as Warren Wilson College’s seventh president to become the newest leader of The Calhoun School, an independent day school in New York City. Solnick, who assumed the presidency in July of 2012, will remain with the College until June 30, 2017.