Search Committee Update
The Brevard College Presidential Search Committee met on March 21 to organize and plan for the search for the next president of Brevard College. During the meeting, Committee members received an orientation in preparation for the search, which will take place over the next six to nine months. The Committee also agreed to the following timetable and a series of goals:
In the next month, an interim president will be selected from a list of candidates prepared by Academic Search Inc. and approved by the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees. The interim president will assume the office on June 1.
The next several months will be used to develop a Profile or Description of Brevard College that will guide the nomination and selection process of candidates. The Committee will convene a series of open forums with campus constituencies to gather input about the characteristics and qualities desired for Brevard College’s 13th president.
The posting and advertising of the position will take place in early June and continue for two months with an aggressive recruitment effort to attract candidates who fit the desired attributes for the next president.
In late August and early September, the Committee will begin screening candidates confidentially and narrow the field to a smaller group to be interviewed off campus. In late September and early October, finalists will be invited to campus for open interviews with key College constituencies.
The Board will receive the report of the Committee in early October and vote to choose the next president at a Board of Trustees meeting.
The Committee requests nominations for the position and urges that names and contact information be sent to the search consultants until June 1 when the ads and information on the electronic procedure to apply will be made available.
Brevard College Announces Presidential Search Committee
The Executive Committee of the Brevard College Board of Trustees announced today that it has formulated a Presidential Search Committee to help identify the next president of Brevard College.
The 13-member committee, which is drawn from Brevard College faculty, students, staff, alumni, trustees and the local community, includes:
Dr. John Boggs, a member of the College’s Board of Trustees and a 1974 BC graduate. Boggs, who lives in Asheville, currently serves as district superintendent of the Asheville District of the WNC United Methodist Church Conference.
Reginald Heinitsh, Jr., chairman of Brevard College’s Board of Trustees. He is the owner and chairman of The Lake Toxaway Company and The Lake Toxaway Country Club, Inc. and lives in Brevard.
Robert S. Lawrence, a member of the College’s Board of Trustees and 1959 BC alumnus. Lawrence is the retired vice president and general manager of Ecusta, P.H. Glatfelter Company and lives in Brevard.
Dr. Linda Martinson, a member of the College’s Board of Trustees. She is a retired headmaster and president of The Galloway School in Atlanta. Previously, she was the vice president of Planning, Budget and Finance at Georgia Tech. She is currently in the process of moving to Brevard full time.
Barbara Nesbitt, a member of the College’s Board of Trustees. She is the owner of Synergy Associates and a consultant for Wilson Learning Corporation, an international training firm. Nesbitt lives in Asheville.
Jack Parker, a member of the College’s Board of Trustees. In addition to serving as a trustee, Parker is an active member of Brevard College’s Board of Visitors and Tornado Club. He lives in Brevard.
Jimmy Harris, mayor of Brevard and owner of Ace Hardware in Brevard.
Dr. Tom Bell, an associate professor of Religion and Sacred Music and chair of Brevard College’s Faculty Council.
Dr. Ken Duke, the Dalton Professor of Environmental Studies and Ecology at Brevard College. He is chair of the Division of Science and Mathematics and coordinator of the Environmental Studies major. Duke also serves as faculty chair of the College’s Strategic Planning Committee.
Ove Andersen, controller of Brevard College.
Alyse Hollingsworth, Brevard College’s registrar. She is an 1980 alumnus of Brevard College.
Lucy Matthews, president of Brevard College’s Student Government Association. She is a junior majoring in Integrated Studies.
The Presidential Search Committee will be chaired by Donald L. Moore, Jr. Moore, a Brevard native, is a member of Brevard College’s Board of Trustees. He currently lives in Brevard.
The Committee has been tasked with helping to screen candidates by interviewing them and recommending a short list to the Board of Trustees, which will make the final selection.
“We are very grateful to these individuals for volunteering their time and energy to help identify the best possible candidates for Brevard College,” said Reginald D. Heinitsh, Jr., chairman of Brevard College’s Board of Trustees.
The process will be aided by Academic Search, Inc., a leading national firm that assists colleges and universities with presidential searches, particularly for private colleges.
Last month, Brevard College President Drew L. Van Horn announced that he would step down as president at the end of the 2010-2011 academic year.
For more information about the Brevard College presidential search, visit www.brevard.edu/presidentialsearch
Brevard College President Dr. Drew Van Horn Announces Resignation
After serving eight and a half years as president, the Brevard College Board of Trustees and Dr. Drew Van Horn announced today that Dr. Van Horn has resigned but will continue to serve the College through May 31.
In a letter to the Board of Trustees, Van Horn said, “After great thought over the holidays, I have decided to announce my resignation as president of Brevard College.” He added, “While I have enjoyed my eight and a half years of service to this fine institution, I would like to pursue other opportunities which have presented themselves. We have accomplished a great deal during my tenure and I want to thank the faculty, staff and especially my senior administrative team for their diligent and visionary work to position Brevard as a well respected four-year College.”
Reg Heinitsh, Jr., Chairman of the Board of Trustees, shared that the Board is appreciative of Dr. Van Horn’s leadership during his presidency. He added that the Board is committed to continuing Brevard College’s success. Mr. Heinitsh stated, “The Board is excited about the opportunities Brevard College has to build upon our accomplishments as we move into the future. We will move efficiently and effectively to find an exemplary replacement for Dr. Van Horn.”
Chairman Heinitsh is confident the transition will be smooth due to Dr. Van Horn’s willingness to remain as president until May 31 and due to the interest and dedication of our Board of Trustees.
Brevard College accomplishments, since October 2002:
- Completed the “Building from Strength” campaign, the largest fundraising endeavor in the history of the College, surpassing the $14 million goal by securing $19 million in cash and pledges.
- Developed the “Brevard Vision” Strategic Plan
- Secured $10 million for the endowment of the College
- Invested $9 million in addressing facility additions and improvements, including the renovation of Beam, Jones and Green residence halls, renovation of numerous classrooms, renovation of Myers Dining Hall, construction of the Moore Science Annex and construction of the McCoy Tennis Complex.
- Secured an investment grade bond rating which allowed the College to restructure its long-term debt
Added programs in Education, Psychology, and Criminal Justice as well as a Bachelors of Science and Bachelor of Music degrees.
- Revised the General Core Curriculum of the College.
- Experienced an increase in student academic quality and in student retention and graduation rates.
- Was granted an Alpha Chi Academic Honor Society chapter
- Was granted membership in the Appalachian College Association
- Became a charter member of the North Carolina Campus Compact (Community Service)
- Became categorized as a National Liberal Arts College from a Regional Comprehensive College
- Transitioned from the NAIA to the NCAA Division II and gained membership into the South Atlantic Conference
- Began the Mountain Biking and Road Cycling Programs
- Reinstituted Men's and Women's Tennis and Football as intercollegiate sports
- Established the Institute for Women in Leadership
- Was named to President Obama’s Honor Role for Community Service
- Developed a Quality Enhancement Plan for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools which defines the College's plan to enhance the quality of student engagement in the classroom over the next five years.
While President, Dr. Van Horn has served the community, region and state on:
- The Board of the Transylvania County United Way
- The Transylvania County Economic Development Advisory Board
- The Board of the Chamber of Commerce
- The School Improvement Team for Brevard Middle School
- The Blue Ridge National Heritage Board
- The Educational Resource Consortium (Secretary)
- The Appalachian College Association Executive Committee
- The North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities Executive Committee
- The Wachovia Regional Advisory Board (Chair)