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Immediate Next Steps on Presidential Transition

Immediate Next Steps on Presidential Transition
April 11, 2018

To the Queens Community,

Thank you for joining me and the Board of Trustees in expressing our deep appreciation to Dr. Davies and her husband Bob following her announcement yesterday that she will step down as president at the end of the 2018/19 academic year. The trajectory of her 18 years of devoted service to Queens is nothing short of remarkable and there will be many opportunities to celebrate her legacy in the months to come.

For now, I’d like to give you an update on our immediate next steps.

There is no greater responsibility for a Board of Trustees than the selection of its organization’s leader. Dr. Davies has given us the gift of time by letting us know of her decision well in advance. We will be deliberate and thoughtful in our process, but will move with appropriate speed to have a successor in place by July 1, 2019.

To facilitate our search for Queens’ 21st president, the Board will appoint a Presidential Search Committee consisting of trustees, faculty, staff, students and alumni. The committee will be chaired by Michael Marsicano. As president and CEO of Foundation for the Carolinas, Michael is deeply engaged with Charlotte’s non-profit community. He has served on the Queens Board since 2006, currently as Immediate Past Chair. He also happens to serve on the Duke University Board and was a member of the search committee for that institution’s new president in 2016.

As our committee is being formed and preparing to begin its work, there are several important ways you can assist in the search.

April 16 Forums to Gather Community Input

Our search consultants will be on campus Monday, April 16 and again on Thursday, May 3 for a series of open campus forums to conduct critical research. They’ll seek input from all constituents—faculty, staff, students, trustees, alumni, donors and Charlotte’s civic and business community—about Queens’ future and our community’s hopes and expectations for the new president.

We recognize April 16 is just around the corner, but it is important we gather your feedback before school breaks for the summer. We hope you’ll make time to share your thoughts at one of the following sessions on April 16.

Time Forum Location
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Staff Open Forum Ketner Auditorium
10:40 – 11:40 a.m. Faculty Open Forum Ketner Auditorium
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Staff Open Forum  Duke Energy Auditorium
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Faculty Open Forum  Duke Energy Auditorium
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Student Open Forum Duke Energy Auditorium

Upcoming Survey to Gather Community Input

Because input from the entire Queens community is essential, we will ask you (as well as alumni, parents, friends and other constituents) to participate in an online survey. We would like to know your thoughts about the university’s priorities and the qualities, skills and experiences you think are important for our next president. Keep an eye out for that survey early in the summer and please take a few minutes to share your input when you receive it. 

After gathering information from the Queens community, the consulting team in partnership with the search committee will create the search prospectus. This is an important document that describes our university—both where we’ve been and where we’re going—and informs potential candidates about this incredible leadership opportunity.

Thank you for your support and participation in the search process. Please feel free to contact me at with any questions related to our work.   We will keep you regularly updated about our progress.


Michael Tarwater
Chair, Board of Trustees