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Upcoming Presidential Search Committee Listening Sessions

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Dear Howard University Community,
As I noted in my last update, we have established the Presidential Search Committee, assisted by the executive search firm Isaacson Miller to lead the search for the next president of Howard. You can find more information on the search committee here
To gain a deeper understanding of the diverse viewpoints, perspectives, and questions surrounding our search for the next University leader, the search committee will be holding listening sessions for faculty, staff, students, and alumni during the month of October. I encourage everyone to register for and participate in your respective listening sessions. The information gathered in these sessions will inform the criteria based on which candidates will be evaluated. Additional suggestions for the Presidential Search Committee may be submitted at howardpresident@imsearch.com
The objective of these listening sessions is to hear the important opportunities and challenges you feel the next president will need to address as well as the qualities and characteristics you would like to see in the next president of Howard University. 
In preparation for the listening session, please consider the following framing questions:

  • From your perspective, what are the greatest opportunities and/or the most pressing challenges facing Howard at this moment and in the foreseeable future?
  • What qualifications, characteristics, and/or experiences would you identify as most important for the next president?
  • What are the unique and/or distinctive aspects of Howard University that are critical for the next president to understand and embrace?

The insights gleaned from these stakeholders listening sessions will help inform the detailed position profile that will be published on the Howard University presidential search website and disseminated widely to potential candidates and those who may offer candidate recommendations. This document will provide a compelling description of the history, mission, and ambitions of the University as well as a realistic and persuasive picture of the opportunities, challenges, measures of success, and ideal qualifications for the role. 
Listening Sessions 

  • Tuesday, October 18, 2022, 1:30 p.m. EST
  • Tuesday, October 25, 2022, 5 p.m. EST
  • Monday, October 31, 2022, 2 p.m. EST
  • Alumni Registration Link


  • Tuesday, October 18, 2022, 12 p.m. EST
  • Wednesday, October 26, 2022, 12 p.m. EST
  • Tuesday, November 1, 2022, 4 p.m. EST
  • Faculty Registration Link


  • Thursday, October 13, 2022, 12 p.m. EST
  • Tuesday, October 18, 2022, 12 p.m. EST
  • Friday, October 28, 2022, 12 p.m. EST
  • Staff Registration Link


  • Thursday, October 13, 2022, 6 p.m. EST
  • Wednesday, October 26, 2022, 6 p.m. EST
  • Wednesday, October 26, 2022, 7:30 p.m. EST
  • Student Registration Link

We encourage you to share the names of individuals whom you may recommend as potential candidates or who may be well positioned to recommend others. If you are unable to attend the listening session, or if you have additional information to share, you are also invited to complete a stakeholder survey https://www.research.net/r/52X6896. You may also submit recommendations and insights via email to:  HowardPresident@imsearch.com.

  1. The link to apply for the position or nominate someone via Isaacson Miller (IM) website: https://www.imsearch.com/search-detail/8678.
  2. The link to the stakeholder survey: https://www.research.net/r/52X6896
  3. The email address to contact the IM team to be posted to the website: howardpresident@imsearch.com 

Our sincere thanks also go out to the entire University community as we continue to progress on this journey with confidence for the future.   
Excellence in Truth and Service,  
Laurence C. Morse, PhD, B.A. ’73  
Chair of the Howard University Board of Trustees