Office of the President » Presidential Search
After a 45-year career in higher education and philanthropy, President Melvin L. Oliver announced his retirement in February 2022. The Board of Trustees has appointed Trustee Jill Klein P’15 to serve as interim president of Pitzer College, beginning July 1, 2022.
The Board is dedicated to ensuring that Pitzer’s next president is committed to the College’s mission and core values and to leading our institution with the meaningful participation of students, faculty, and staff. The leadership profile for our next president can be accessed here.
Community listening sessions, development of
the presidential leadership profile, solicitation of
Selection of semi-finalist candidates and candidate interviews
Broad national outreach and recruitment, candidate engagement
Finalist interviews and recommendations to the Board of Trustees
Community Listening Sessions
Representatives from WittKieffer, our presidential search consultants, led a series of listening sessions throughout spring 2022 to gain input from the Pitzer community on the opportunities and challenges facing the next Pitzer president and the experience and qualifications we are seeking for the role. The responses helped generate the Leadership Profile that will be used to begin conversations with potential candidates and identify finalists for the position. We sought the community’s input in the following four critical areas:
Opportunities and Challenges
What are the most important opportunities and the greatest challenges Pitzer is facing? What are you most excited about? What concerns you?
The Next President’s Agenda
In addressing these opportunities and challenges, what do you hope the president will accomplish in their first 18−24 months at Pitzer? What are the most important priorities?
What is the culture of Pitzer, and who thrives here? What experience, credentials, skills, and personal qualities will best serve the president and the community?
Why Should a Candidate Consider Pitzer?
Why is Pitzer a great move for a strong candidate? What does Pitzer have to offer?
The Search Committee welcomes nominations for the Pitzer president from all in the community. Please send confidential nominations directly to WittKieffer at [email protected].