As you read yesterday, President Angelo Araimo has announced that after 30 years of distinguished service, he will retire from Wagner next summer. The Board of Trustees joins the faculty, staff, students, and worldwide Wagner community in extending profound gratitude to President Araimo for his steadfast leadership.
The national search for Wagner College's 21st president will begin right away, with the goal of selecting a president to start in fall 2024. This initial update and subsequent messages will be shared by email and published at wagner.edu/presidential-search.
Presidential Search Leadership
The presidential search will be led by trustee Thomas Kendris, Esq. '78. The son of a beloved Wagner College English professor, an alumnus himself, and the parent of an alumnus, Tom has served as a trustee for eight years. He recently retired as U.S. country president of Novartis Pharmaceuticals.
Because of the great confidence the board and Wagner community place in President Araimo, I have also taken the extraordinary step of asking him to serve as non-voting vice chair of the search committee. We believe President Araimo's deep understanding of our college and what we need in our next leader will be a great benefit to the search.
Storbeck Search, a Diversified Search Group Company and global leader in higher education executive recruitment, has been selected to assist us with the search. Dr. Ruth Shoemaker Wood, Managing Director at Storbeck Search, will lead the consulting team. The full Presidential Search Committee, comprising trustees, faculty, administrators, and a student representative, will be announced soon.
Save the Date – Friday, September 29
It is vital at this early stage of the search to engage as many voices and views of the Wagner community as possible. To this end, on Friday, September 29, separate open meetings with faculty, staff, and students will be scheduled for community members to share their ideas and feedback. Meeting times and locations will be shared soon.
Students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and friends of the College are also encouraged to complete this confidential survey to share their perspectives. The insights gained from these conversations and surveys will inform the creation of the search profile, an important recruitment tool which will describe the College and frame the leadership agenda for our next president.
Finally, I encourage you to recommend outstanding prospective candidates or share those contacts who might know of strong potential candidates. Please add your suggestions on the survey or forward names to our Storbeck Search team at WagnerPresident@storbecksearch.com.
We will continue to update the community as the search progresses.
Jeff Forchelli '66
Chair of the Board of Trustees