Cheyney announces search for permanent president
A week after the Middle States Commission on Higher Education notified Cheyney University it would have to show cause as to why accreditation should not be withdrawn, the historic Black college announced it’s officially looking for a permanent president.
The school formed a task force to address a number of issues within the university, from academics to finances and finding a new leader. Interim President Aaron A. Walton was appointed last month, replacing former Interim President Frank G. Pogue who had served since 2014.
“Now that the Task Force has provided its recommendation for shaping Cheyney into a different and stronger university, Chancellor Brogan and I feel it is the right time to begin looking for our next president,” said Council of Trustees Chair Robert W. Bogle in a statement released by Cheyney.
Bogle continued, “Changes are already underway to ensure that the Cheyney of tomorrow is both stable and dynamic, and we will find a long-term leader who has the strength and vision to guide us on this new path while respecting this university’s rich tradition.”
The presidential search will take approximately six months from the time a search committee is formed until the board makes a final selection, according to a news release.
After the search committee is put together, candidates will be identified and a round of interviews via phone or off campus will be conducted.
Candidates who make it the next round will be invited to campus and then the search committee will suggest two to the Council of Trustees for approval, before being forwarded to the Office of the Chancellor and Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education for final consideration.
Cheyney is the smallest of PASSHE’s 14 colleges and is located outside of Philadelphia.
Walton will continue to lead the college until the search is complete.
“My job is to continue to move Cheyney University forward during the search for a new, permanent president,” he said in a statement. “With them any challenges facing the university, we are working harder than ever on behalf of our students and the institution so that the next president arrives at a sustainable university with a clear sense of mission and purpose — a university well on its way to renewed success.”