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Date: Jan 2017

The search for Stevenson University’s new president is nearing its final stages. The Presidential Search Committee—chaired by T. Scott Pugatch, Vice Chair of Stevenson’s Board of Trustees—includes representation from the Board of Trustees, faculty, and the student body. The search firm contracted by the Board received inquiries from well over 100 interested candidates and presented 20 top candidates to the Search Committee for initial review. In December, the Committee conducted interviews with eight candidates whose professional experiences and accomplishments most closely matched the qualifications sought for the next president of the University. From this group, four final candidates have been selected for additional confidential interviews with the Search Committee joined by the Advisory Search Committee representing Stevenson faculty, staff, and alumni through the Dean’s Cabinet, the President’s Cabinet, and a Stevenson alumnus.

The Chair of our Board of Trustees, Jim Stradtner, has informed us that the candidate pool has been incredibly strong and diverse, and we are confident that this process will produce an outstanding leader for Stevenson University. We expect an announcement about the selection of the new president to be made in early March. In the meantime, Claire Moore will continue to serve as the Interim President and will remain in this position until the new president officially takes office, which we anticipate will be July 1, 2017.

As former President of Villa Julie College serving from 1965-1999, Carolyn Manuszak was vital to this institution's growth and successful future, and many of our alumni carry fond memories of her. In keeping with her dedication to the University, Manuszak made provisions in her will to ensure the long term support of students. 

Former President of Villa Julie College from 1965-1999, Carolyn Manuszak

Since her passing in February 2016, Stevenson has received a bequest of $1.2 million from her estate. This generous gift supports the Carolyn Manuszak Scholarship in Memory of Dr. T. J. Manuszak. Established in 1998 to honor her late father, the scholarship provides tuition assistance for promising incoming freshman and transfer students. It is fitting and not surprising that her legacy lives on through helping more students on their paths to a bright future.

Each month, we profile one of the amazing Phonathon students working in SU's call center. This month, we sat down with student caller, Howard '17, an English Language and Literature major from Pikesville, MD.

Phoneathon caller Howard

Why did you choose to come to Stevenson?

I was given an opportunity to receive a transfer scholarship after I left my former school.

What do you like best about SU now that you're here?

I love the small classes and it allows you to get to know your professors if you really want to.

What activities to you enjoy outside of class?

Outside of class I'm usually found writing or doing something musical.

What do you like best about being a student caller?

Sometimes you'll find a few alumni that have a great story that they want to share with you as well as awesome advice.

What are your plans after graduation?

Post-graduation, I intend to start my career in the publishing/editing track. Long-term, I hope to head my own publishing house or literary magazine with a focus on young writers.

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