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UMO Presidential Search

Thank you for visiting our site to learn more about the University of Mount Olive Presidential Search.  We will keep this site updated with new information as it becomes available. Please check back frequently.  To the left of this page you will see multiple tabs with information about the search.


Update on the Search for the Next President of the University of Mount Olive

December 4, 2017

The Presidential search is moving along well, and we are writing to brief you on our progress.

The Search Committee has reduced the applicant pool to a smaller group of 8 candidates whose background and experience seem especially consistent with the qualities and qualifications for the President as established for the search. Our Search Committee members and our search consultants are checking the references of candidates we have invited to confidential preliminary interviews with the Search Committee this week at an off-campus location.  Upon completion of that round of interviews, the Committee will select finalist candidates to participate in more extensive on-campus interviews with a broad range of campus constituents.  We will schedule finalist candidate visits in January and will update you on the specifics of these visits as soon as they are scheduled.
The Committee will continue to stay in touch with you throughout the process, and we welcome your comments and questions at any time.  We are very pleased with the quality of the candidate pool and have every reason to believe that our search will come to a successful conclusion.  If you have any questions, please direct those to us or contact our search consultants, Maya Kirkhope at or (703) 380 9195 and Nancy Suttenfield at or (336) 251 9777. We will treat any information you provide as confidential.

You will receive another update on the presidential search in a few weeks.

Thank you for your continued interest and support.

Co-Chairs, Presidential Search Committee

Wesley E. Beddard, Chair
Presidential Search Committee
Member, Board of Trustees​
​Howard F. Scott, Vice Chair
Presidential Search Committee
Vice Chair, Board of Trustees

Read previous communications from the search committee.