Presidential Search Process

FROM: Mike Smith, Presidential Search Committee Chair

As chair of the Presidential Search Committee, I thank you for your interest and participation as the search for Brenau University’s next president begins. Thank you for taking the time out of your schedule to participate in the open forums held in October.

While this will be the first of many communications during the search, I want to share with you the process that will be followed to select the next president of Brenau. The Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees has appointed the following committee members to conduct the search under the guidance of Cheryl Hyatt of Hyatt-Fennell Executive Search:

Trustees – Mike Smith (Chair), Carole Ann Daniel, Robin Dudley, Emmie Howard, Anna Jacobs, Pete Miller, Frank Norton, Jr., Amy Whitley, Philip Wilheit

Campus Community – Mike Lochstampfor, Athletic Director; Redenna Poole, Assistant VP, Enrollment Management & Director, Admissions Operations; Heather Ross, Associate Professor & Chair, Physical Therapy; James Sennett, Professor of Business Ethics & Coordinator of Business Programs Fairburn Campus; Jody Wall, Chief of Staff; Eugene Williams, Dean, College of Education

Student – Sommer Stockton, Student Government Association Executive President

Advisor – Dr. Ed Schrader, President

The Presidential Search Committee has been charged as follows:

“The Executive Committee, on behalf of the Board of Trustees, has appointed a Presidential Search Committee. This committee, working alongside of Hyatt-Fennell (our Search Firm), is charged with evaluating the pool of qualified candidates assembled; selecting a short-list of semifinalists for ‘airport interviews’ conducted by the Search Committee; and proposing approximately 3 candidates to the Executive Committee for the selection of a potential new president to be voted on by the Board of Trustees. While this will be a closed search, the process shall remain transparent to the Board while protecting the confidentiality of the candidates.”

Please pay special attention to the last sentence. This will be a closed search, and the candidates will remain confidential throughout the majority of the process. After the airport interviews, and subject to the confidentiality requirements of the individual candidates, campus interviews will be scheduled. I will, on behalf of the committee, continue to keep the rest of the process very transparent.

The search committee has met to review the position profile, which is posted on the Brenau website at https://www.brenau.edu/presidential-search/, and the advertisement for the position. Advertising for the position has begun, and applicants have already reached out to Hyatt-Fennell. A PDF of the posting from the Chronicle of Higher Education is included below. Our expectations are to receive 60 or more applications by the Dec. 10 cutoff date. Hyatt-Fennell will vet the pool of applicants, as they are received, to verify that they meet our posted requirements.

As the committee moves through the process, I will keep you posted on developments. We do expect this to be a desirable position and should see a great pool of candidates! We are looking for the best person to fill some big shoes, regardless of gender, race or ethnicity.

Dr. Schrader has Brenau University on a great path for success. We want to continue that path and accomplish our mission to transform our students’ lives.

Cheryl Hyatt, Hyatt-Fennell, will be the point of contact for the campus community. Please use chyatt@hyatt-fennell.com to reach Cheryl Hyatt.

I look forward to bringing you continual positive news throughout this process.

Download the Chronicle ad (PDF)

Flu Shots Available at Health Services

The best flu prevention is vaccination, and the CDC recommends that people get a vaccine by the end of October. Health Services still has flu vaccines available for $15, no appointment needed.
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Correction: Heart Smart Dining Day, Friday, Feb. 23

Brenau’s Wellness Team and Brenau Dining are teaming up to bring you Heart Smart Dining Day on Friday, Feb. 23, not Feb. 16 as stated previously. For full event details please see https://update.brenau.edu/2018/02/05/heart-smart-dining-day/

Problems viewing the ADP Training Video?

Enable Flash in ChromeDid you try to view the ADP training video in the ADP Training Update post only to find a blank screen? You’re not alone! This training video relies on Flash to play properly and works immediately in Firefox or Explorer, but needs permissions to run in Chrome.

To grant permission in Chrome simply click the lock symbol next to the URL in the address bar and select “Flash” and set it to “Enable.”

Need more help? Visit https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/6258784.

The ADP Training Video is at https://support.adp.com/netsecure/pages/pub/clientuser/3.0/ssr/ADP_Employee_Self_Service_Registration.htm.

Center for Health & Well-Being Re-opens Sept. 18

Due to power outage the clinic will be closed until 9/18 at 7:30 a.m.

The Center for Health & Well-Being remains without power following the storms brought on by Hurricane Irma. The clinic plans to reopen it’s doors Monday, Sept. 18 at 7:30 a.m.

All University Meeting, Tuesday, Aug. 22

All faculty and staff are required to attend, either in person or via Zoom, an informational welcome-back-to-campus meeting to introduce new faculty and staff and announce changes for this coming academic year.

The meeting will take place Tuesday, Aug. 22, from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.  at the Downtown Center, Theatre on the Square. Staff are excused at the conclusion while faculty will begin Faculty Retreat at 11 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Arrive early! Beverages will be served beginning at 8:30-9 a.m.

To join the meeting via Zoom from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android visit https://brenau.zoom.us/j/991748372.

Or Telephone:
Dial: +1-408-638-0968 (US Toll) or +1-646-558-8656 (US Toll)
Meeting ID: 991 748 372
International numbers available: https://brenau.zoom.us/zoomconference?m=9ZZd2Qo3EqqvtvH5duPUXOZDJaSrbAEg

No. 2 Golden Tigers’ Road to Softball World Series Goes Through Louisiana

KANSAS CITY (May 10, 2017) – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics announced here late today that the No. 2 nationally ranked Brenau University Golden Tigers will face Edward Waters College in Alexandria, Louisiana, May 15 in a softball national championship opening-round regional featuring three Top 25 teams.

The top-seeded Golden Tigers represent the Southern States Athletic Conference as both the regular-season and tournament champions with an unprecedented 26-0 regular-season league record, a 4-0 conference tournament record and a 51-5 overall mark. No other SSAC team has ever won all of its conference games in regular-season and postseason play.

Edward Waters, the No. 4 seed in the four-team double-elimination regional and the runner-up in the Association of Independent Institutions/Gulf Coast Athletic Conference, finished league play unranked with a 26-25 overall record.

Read the full story at https://www.brenau.edu/news/no2-golden-tigers-road-to-softball-world-series-goes-through-louisiana/

Alternate Location set for Brenau Commencement Exercise Friday; Live Video Also Available

With showers in the forecast Friday afternoon, the Brenau University spring commencement exercise at 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 5, will be moved inside to Pearce Auditorium on the Gainesville historic campus.

Weather conditions appear set to improve Friday evening and should be fine Saturday. Thus, the 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 6, commencement ceremony is still planned to be held on the Front Lawn outside Pearce, at 202 Boulevard.

About 400 undergraduate and graduate degree candidates are eligible to receive diplomas this weekend on the Gainesville campus. The Friday ceremony is for Women’s College graduates, while the Saturday ceremony is for Brenau University undergraduate and graduate students from all Brenau campuses and online.

All programs will be streamed live at http://livestream.com/brenau. For more information about commencement, go to brenau.edu/graduation.

‘Who Dunnit? Brenau Murder Mystery Challenge’ Deadline April 13

Logo: Who Dunnit? What Happened to Agnes?The deadline for teams to register for “Who Dunnit? The Brenau Murder Mystery Challenge” is April 13. Sign up at https://goo.gl/forms/ppJ0uoNtPfBBPBN92.

Assemble your team of up to eight people and sign up for this year’s Staff Development Committee Game Day.

Enjoy some fresh air and time away from the office at 10:30 a.m. on April 27 while you solve the mystery of what happened to Agnes.

Each participant will receive a free t-shirt and lunch for taking part, as well as a point in the wellness participation contest. The first team to unlock the mystery behind Agnes’ demise will also win a cash prize.

Individuals or teams who register after April 13 will not receive a t-shirt.

Meet at Pearce Auditorium at 10:30 a.m. on April 27 to begin the challenge. Sign up now at https://goo.gl/forms/ppJ0uoNtPfBBPBN92.

Reminder: SDC Valentine’s Bake Sale Deadline Feb. 6

SDC Bake Sale FlyerOn Tuesday, Feb. 14, let your staff and coworkers know how much you love their work with a tray of sweets from the Staff Development Committee. Each tray costs $12 and contains an array of delicious homemade treats serving approximately 10 people. Goodie trays will be delivered to offices as a Valentine’s Day treat.

Fill out the order form at the link below, or print it out and email it to Becky Durham at bnash@brenau.edu to place an order. You may also deliver a printed form via campus mail to box 22. Payment is due at time of order by cash, check or credit card. Orders must be placed by Monday, Feb. 6.

Place your order at https://goo.gl/forms/nDCijHtxcmiEzMgd2