Presidential Search - The University of Tulsa

University of Tulsa Presidential Search

The University of Tulsa is conducting a search for its 21st president. Leading TU is both a unique challenge and an extraordinary opportunity. This page provides information about the presidential search. Thank you for your interest.

President Position Specification

University of Tulsa Presidential Search Committee

The TU Board of Trustees believes it important for a presidential search process to include a variety of perspectives and broader understanding of the concerns of our students, faculty and staff. All search committee members will play an important role in helping the committee identify the qualities, skills, attributes and experiences desired in a candidate.

The members of the Board of Trustees Presidential Search Committee are:

  • Marcia MacLeod, Committee Chair, Trustee
  • Scott Dickman, Committee Vice Chair, Trustee
  • Jennifer Airey, President of Faculty Senate
  • Leslie Blanchet, Chair of Staff Advisory Council
  • Faith Nichols, President of Student Association
  • Sean Alexander, Trustee
  • Kathie Coyle, Trustee
  • Fred Dorwart, Trustee
  • David Eastin, Trustee
  • John Forrest, Trustee
  • Jack Neely, Trustee
  • Antwane Owens, Trustee
  • Dana Weber, Chair of the Board of Trustees

Korn Ferry to Assist TU in Presidential Search

The first order of business for the committee was the selection of an executive search firm to guide the national search. The committee believes it important to leverage the expertise of a firm experienced in recruiting exceptional and diverse leaders for universities and other organizations that advance the public good.

Korn Ferry Organizational Consultants was selected to assist with the presidential search after impressing the committee with their approach to working with stakeholders to build a candidate profile and to identify the broadest range of highly qualified candidates.

Korn Ferry will help the committee define the steps and timeline for the search process. The goal is to find a candidate within six months and have the president in place before the start of the next academic year. However, selecting the next president is a critically important process and the committee understands circumstances such as the ongoing pandemic may have unknown impacts on the progress of that timeline. The selection process will continue until the Board of Trustees appoints a new president.

Community Input and Feedback

The Presidential Search Committee actively seeks input from the TU community to inform and guide the process. Anyone wishing to provide suggestions, candidates or other input, is welcome to communicate with the committee by email. Submissions will be shared with committee members in their entirety.

Emails to the Presidential Search Committee may be addressed to


Who makes the final decision? Who selects the president?
The TU Board of Trustees announced the formation of a Presidential Search Committee charged with conducting the search process. The board will review the recommendation from the committee and make the final decision on the next president.

How were committee members selected?
Board Chair Dana Weber, in consultation with the Board Executive Committee, identified the search chair. The Board Chair and search chair then selected other members of the committee and the vice chair. The board believes it is important for a presidential search process to include a variety of perspectives and broader understanding of the concerns of TU’s students, faculty and staff. As the elected president of the Faculty Senate, Jennifer Airey has been asked to represent faculty perspectives on the committee while Leslie Blanchet, chair of Staff Advisory Council, and Faith Nichols, president of Student Association, will provide staff and student representation.

Will the position description be shared with the TU community?
Yes. The position description will be developed by the search committee and will be shared with the TU community.

Does the committee plan to consider nontraditional candidates, such as business leaders?
The committee has engaged executive search firm Korn Ferry Organizational Consultants to help identify a broad range of potential candidates. The Presidential Search Committee will welcome all nominations, the position will be advertised and all qualified candidates will be considered.

What are you looking for in a candidate?
The challenges facing higher education are greater than ever. The Presidential Search Committee is responsible for ensuring the next president is able to meet and overcome these challenges.