Frequently Asked Questions

How were the members of the Presidential Search Committee chosen?

The Board of Trustees established the search committee with the task of identifying and recommending finalists to the full board for its consideration. The goal is to  create and have a diverse committee drawing on the talent and expertise of trustees, students, faculty, staff, and alumni.  It was also critical to identify people willing to make a considerable time commitment and adhere to a strict code of confidentiality. The 16-person committee includes nine Trustees, two faculty members, the SGA president, president of the Staff Senate, the president of the Tuskegee National Alumni Association, chairman of the Eminent Presidential Associates, a member of the Board of Advisors.  Six members of the Search Committee are Tuskegee alumni.

Who is responsible for choosing the next president?

Pursuant to the By-Laws of Tuskegee University, the ultimate responsibility for hiring the next president rests solely with the Board of Trustees. The Search Committee, appointed by the Board of Trustees, is charged with presenting the Board of Trustees with a recommended slate of the best-qualified candidates for their consideration.

Do you expect the next President of Tuskegee to be an alumnus?

The Board encourages nominations and applications from Tuskegee alumni as well as those of non-alumni.  The Search Committee is committed to identifying a diverse group of outstanding candidates who will  position TU  for achieving future success.

How will the Tuskegee community be informed about the progress of the search?

Regular updates will be posted to the Presidential Search page

Will the candidates’ identity be disclosed to the public?

The Board of Trustees has determined that the best course of action for Tuskegee University is to keep the names of all candidates as confidential information to the Search Committee and Board of Trustees. Many prospective candidates will not participate in a search unless they are assured of confidentiality because they do not want to jeopardize their effectiveness in their current roles.  In addition, a search in which the participation of individual applicants is kept confidential will result in the widest and deepest candidate pool.

What progress has been made on the search thus far?

The Search Firm has been selected, the presidential profile has been approved by both the Search Committee and Board of Trustees, and advertisements have been placed in higher education publications. 

What is the proposed timeline?

The goal is to have a new president identified by the end of spring semester 2018.