Presidential Search

Search Timeline

August - September

Select search firm.
Conduct listening sessions.


Publish the Presidential Profile.

October - December

Search in progress.
Candidate reviews by the search committee.


Interviews begin for selected candidates.


President transition begins.


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Presidential Search Committee Charge and Leadership Profile

The Board of Trustees of St. Catherine University, chaired by Jean Wincek, CSJ, recognizes that its most important responsibility is the selection of the President of the University. Mindful of the mission, vision, and values of the University as well as the Covenant with its sponsors, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Paul Province, the Board of Trustees has launched a search for its 12th President.

The Presidential Search Committee is pleased to share the Presidential Leadership Profile - a document that is the synthesis of feedback from the University community listening sessions and survey. As of October 20th, the Presidential Leadership Profile has been finalized and is now being used by the search firm to recruit candidates.

Presidential Search Committee

The Board has appointed the following 13 persons as members of the Presidential Search Committee:

Ken Charles

Ken Charles

Trustee, Co-chair

Anne Davis Gotte

Anne Gotte

Trustee, Co-chair

Samantha Hanson

Samantha Hanson


Joan Mitchell, CSJ, '62, PhD

Joan Mitchell, CSJ '62


Christine Moore

Christine Moore


Kathleen O'Brien '67, PhD

Kathleen O’Brien '67


Jean Wincek, CSJ, '62, EdD

Jean Wincek, CSJ '62

Trustee and Board Chair

University Representatives
Louise Ba

Louise Ba

Student Senate President 23-24

Majors: Political Science, Economics, Public Policy

Mari Ann Graham

Mari Ann Graham

MSW Program Director and Associate Professor

Jean Guezmir

Jean Guezmir

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Rachel Neiwert

Rachel Neiwert

Associate Professor, History and Faculty Senate President

Dianne Oliver

Dianne Oliver

Senior Vice President for Academic Programs and Faculty Affairs and Co-provost

Eric Stacey

Eric Stacey

Athletic Director

Dr. Steven H. Kenney Jr., Senior Vice President of Human Relations, Equity and Inclusion and Cindy Conley, Executive Assistant to the President will serve as staff to the committee.

Roles & Responsibilities of the Search Committee

The Board of Trustees formally authorized the Presidential Search Committee with the following charge:

  • To play an active role in identifying qualified individuals, recruiting and encouraging nomination and application, and monitoring the confidential applicant pool to ensure quality and diversity;
  • To recommend to the Board of Trustees a list of unranked finalists;
  • To conduct themselves with discernment, collegiality, and confidentiality.

Detailed Roles and Responsibilities

We are always interested in hearing your feedback.

Please submit your thoughts for the Search Committee review by completing our feedback form. If you wish to contact the search committee with questions or other comments, please send an email to:

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Search Firm

St. Catherine University has established a partnership with WittKieffer Executive Search Firm as it searches for its next President.

WittKieffer’s Suzanne Teer and Melody Rose, Ph.D. will lead the search for St. Kate’s.

As our executive search firm, WittKieffer will begin the search process by conducting a series of listening sessions. The listening sessions will be an opportunity for the various constituents of St. Catherine University to share their thoughts and perspectives on the qualities, characteristics, and priorities sought in the new President. The information gathered in these sessions will inform the development of the position profile and assist the Presidential Search Committee in finalizing the criteria by which candidates will be evaluated.

Once finalized, the position profile will be published on the site for all to review. Parties with questions about the search are invited to contact Additionally, referrals, recommendations, and inquiries regarding the posting should be directed to



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