The Searchers

presidential succession process gets under way

Choosing the new president of a college is a task somewhere between art and business.

At Moravian, the process of selecting President Rokke’s successor has begun with the formation of a presidential search committee and a series of meetings between various campus constituencies and the professional search firm hired to recruit and screen candidates.

The committee is led by Lyn Trodahl Chynoweth ’68, chair of the Board of Trustees of Moravian Theological Seminary. The College as a corporate body includes the Seminary, so the selection process includes as much input from the Seminary as it does from the undergraduate institution.

Priscilla Payne Hurd, chair of the combined Board of Trustees, is an ex officio member of the committee.

Members of the committee are:

  • Douglas Caldwell ’66, Harry Dimopoulos, Connie Stirling Hodson ’68, Susan Studds, Cyril Kracji ’65, and Martin Trichon ’70 from the College Board of Trustees.
  • J. Michael Dowd ’68, ’71 (M. Div.), Wilma Lewis, and Robert Sawyer, Seminary Board of Trustees.
  • Dana Dunn, professor of psychology, and Kay Somers, professor of mathematics, College faculty.
  • Glenn Stoudt ’73, ’77 (M. Div.), Seminary faculty.
  • Erin Franz ’06 and Matt Hovey ’06, College students.
  • Rebecca Craver, Seminary student.
  • Bernie Story ’80, vice president for enrollment, College administration.

The search firm, Academic Search of Washington, D.C., is represented by Patricia (Tobie) van der Vorm, who met with various groups during the week of September 19. Among these were faculty; College, Seminary, and continuing education alumni; students; senior administrators; support/facilities/ campus safety staff; and trustees of the College and Seminary.

Dr. van der Vorm encourages questions, comments, and suggestions to reach her by e-mail at or 800 472-6043 by telephone.

October 4 , 2005

The Searchers:
Who's on the presidential search committee.

Eyes on the Prize:
Bob Mayer wins award for sourcebook on the Civil Rights movement.

Family Values:
Moravian assists a refugee family from Hurricane Katrina.

Upstairs, Downstairs:
Third-floor staff wins lunch in radio station raffle.

What, Again?:
Moravian wins third award from ISP for alumni website.
Ebony & Ivory:
First event in a new piano series at the college.
Campus calendar.

"Drivel They Paid to Hear":
Preview of "Façade" by Dame Edith Sitwell and Sir William Walton.

Faculty/staff/student achievements.