Presidential Search

Frank Manor House

Selecting Our Next President

Updated Aug 23, 2021

The search for Lewis & Clark’s next president is underway. After hosting five campus input sessions with faculty, staff and students, the Presidential Search Committee has finalized the position profile and our search consultant, Summit Search Solutions, is actively recruiting candidates.


If you have a highly qualified person in mind, someone who might be well poised to lead us into the next phase of our history, you may nominate a potential presidential candidate for consideration. Nominations should be made directly to the search consultant at


The search committee has finalized the position profile and the search consultants are working to build a strong and diverse pool of candidates. As the search gains momentum in the fall, we will update the community at moments of key progress. The Board of Trustees, which is solely responsible for the hiring decision, will consider recommendations from the search committee when hiring our next president. Our goal is to complete the search by the end of 2021 or early next year.

Presidential Search Committee

Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to share input regarding the presidential search directly with their appropriate faculty, staff, or student representatives to the search committee.

Paula Hayes BS ’92
Pat Mahaffy BA ’85

Matt Bergman JD ’89
Jouni Korhonen BA ’82
Heidi Hu BS ’85
Chris Ohman BS ’77
Craig MacLeod
Libby McCaslin JD ’87
Patrick Nielson BA ’71

Faculty Representatives
Anne Bentley (, Associate Professor of Chemistry
Danielle Torres (, Associate Professor, Educational Leadership
Tung Yin (, Professor of Law

Staff Representatives
Andrea Dooley (, Chief Financial Officer and Vice President for Operations
Eric Staab (, Vice President for Admissions and Financial Aid

Student Representative
Sarah Lind-MacMillan CAS ’22 (, President of Associated Students of Lewis & Clark (ASLC) 

About the Search Consultant

Summit Search Solutions is an executive search firm that specializes in higher education. Their team includes company president Carrie Coward; Dick Merriman, a former independent university president; Stephanie Rivas-Fowler (no relation to our Board chair), a recruiter who has worked closely with Lewis & Clark; and Tammarah Townes, a recruiter with extensive experience supporting presidential searches.

Questions? Comments?

Feel free to ask questions or share feedback with your representative on the search committee or contact