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State House seen from above in autumn at Curry College

On September 19, 2022, Curry College President Kenneth K. Quigley, Jr. shared with the Curry community his plans to conclude his time in office and retire from the role of president at the conclusion of the academic year.

Related: President Quigley Announces Retirement in 2023

During President Quigley's 27+ year term, student enrollments tripled, and many new undergraduate and graduate degree programs were launched. The college completed an aggressive building campaign of residential and academic buildings and had achieved significant growth in its endowment.

For nearly three decades, President Quigley has led Curry College through a period of remarkable transformation and growth amidst unprecedented changes and challenges for institutions of higher education. His tenure as president has been extraordinary, and the Curry community is forever indebted to him for his leadership and his legacy.

Presidential Search Committee

The Presidential Search Committee has been actively moving forward with the search to find Curry’s next President. The members of the Search Committee are:

Dr. Ruth Ellen Fitch, Esq.
Board Member

Mr. David Hemenway
Board Member

Mr. W. Patrick Hughes
Committee Chair
Chair of the Board of Trustees

Ms. Ruth Joress
AVP, Finance

Mr. Max Kennedy '24

Dr. Joyce A. Murphy
Board Member

Ms. Sally Murray
Vice President
Institutional Advancement

Dr. Kara Provost
Professor, Writing Program

Mr. David Rosati
Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Kathryn M. Sardella
Board Member

Dr. Ishani Tewari
Associate Professor
School of Business and Computer Science

Ms. Diane Tucker
Interim Vice President, Human Resources
Staff to Search Committee

Mr. Ken Wagner
Board Member

Mr. Andrew B. Wrublin
Board Member

Presidential Search Firm - WittKieffer

In November of 2022, the Presidential Search Committee recommended, and the Board of Trustees unanimously approved a plan to engage WittKieffer as the search firm to partner with the College for the search for our next president.

WittKieffer has provided executive search services for more than 50 years focusing in the nonprofit sector specifically in higher education, healthcare, academic medicine, life sciences, and other industries. The firm has completed more than 100 presidential searches in the last five years including three searches at our peer/competitor/aspirant schools. In the last two years, 64% of WittKieffer searches in higher education were women and/or people of color. The WittKieffer team who will partner with Curry College has impressive credentials and includes Sheila Murphy, Consultant; Mercedes Chacon Vance, Senior Partner; and Lucy Leske, Senior Partner, Education Practice. We look forward to partnering with our WittKieffer colleagues to recruit and hire the best person to continue to move Curry College forward.

As part of the search process, the WittKieffer team met with faculty, staff, and students to gather information that will assist in defining the requirements for the next president and for developing the job specification that will be used to recruit candidates. These listening sessions took place before winter break.

Do you have an idea of someone who should be our next president?

Members of the Curry community have the opportunity to make suggestions, nominations and expressions of personal interest in the search for the next president of the College. We have retained the national search firm WittKieffer and are working directly with two New England-based consultants on the search. Thanks to the many members of the student body, faculty, staff and administration who participated in listening sessions before the holiday break to inform the priorities in the search.

You are welcome to nominate/suggest people in your networks whom you feel would serve Curry College well as the next president. All nominees will be informed by the search firm of their nomination, but they will not be told the name of the person who made the nomination. You do not need to know someone personally to suggest them for consideration. Please send the names (and titles and email addresses if you know them) of people whom you would like to nominate to:

Presidential Search Communications/Updates:

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President Leadership Profile 2023

The Curry College Board of Trustees announces the search for the College’s 15th president and invites nominations, expressions of interest, and applications for the position.