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    11/02/22:  Gannon University Announces its Eighth President

    Walter Iwanenko Jr., Ph.D., an occupational therapist and epidemiologist whose six-year tenure as Gannon University’s provost and vice president for student experience has earned him a reputation as a creative problem solver and an advocate for academic excellence, has been selected as the university’s eighth president.

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    9/28/22:  Update from the Leadership Transition Committee

    Thank you for your participation in the Presidential Search process. The input you provided via the survey, the focus groups, and the open forums was used by the Leadership Transition Committee to develop a position profile which we are calling the Leadership Agenda. The Leadership Agenda, which will be used to vet Dr. Iwanenko as our internal candidate, can be found on the Presidential Search page. Click here to view the Leadership Agenda.

    The next step in the search process is the campus interview, which will be held on Monday, Oct. 10, and Tuesday, Oct. 11. The Leadership Transition Committee invites you to again participate in the search process by attending the open sessions being hosted for faculty, staff and administration, and students.

    TIME Monday, Oct. 10, 2022
    10:30 – 11:30 am Members of Gannon University Staff and Administration Zurn 101
    3:15 – 4:15 pm Members of Gannon University Faculty CBI 300
    6:00 – 7:00 pm Members of Gannon University Student Body CAE 104

    In addition to these open sessions, the interview will include sessions with the Leadership Transition Committee, the Bishop, the Board of Trustees, the President’s Leadership Team and Senior Administrators.

    For the faculty, staff and administration, and students in Erie, please complete this brief RSVP form if you can attend the corresponding open interview session. If you complete the RSVP form, you will receive an Outlook invite to ensure the date, time, and location are on your calendar. If you do not RSVP, you are welcome to attend; however, you will not receive the Outlook invitation for your calendar. For the faculty, staff and administration, and students in Ruskin, we will be providing you with a link to participate virtually. 

    An electronic feedback form will be provided for the sessions; the feedback form will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 12. The Leadership Transition Committee will be meeting the week of Oct. 17 to review your feedback before developing a recommendation to submit to the Board of Trustees.

    We hope you are able to participate in the campus interview and we look forward to receiving your feedback.

    Sincerely,

    Leadership Transition Committee

    9/12/22: Presidential Search Open Forum - Select One Forum Appointment

    Dear Gannon Community,

    As a reminder, the next opportunity to engage in the Presidential Search process includes open forums for faculty and staff and will be facilitated by Scott Flanagan of Academic Search, the firm that has been hired to assist us.

    You will receive calendar invitations for all forums; you only need to accept the one you plan to attend. All the forums are the same; we hope one of them will fit with your schedule.

    The dates and locations for the open sessions are below. 

    • Wednesday, Sep 14 -- from 3 to 4 p.m. in Waldron 219
    • Thursday, Sept. 15 -- from 8 to 9 a.m. in Waldron 219
    • Thursday, Sept. 15 -- from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in Zurn 104

    Two remote sessions are also being planned. These will occur:

    In addition to these open forums, focus group sessions are scheduled for the Faculty Senate, the Provost Council, the Student Government Association, the President’s Leadership Team, and the National Alumni Board. The dates, times and locations of these sessions were sent directly to the focus group participants. The focus group sessions include representation from staff and administrators as well as Erie community members.

    Your participation in the open forums and focus groups will provide valuable information to inform the work of the Leadership Transition Committee.

    Information on the Presidential Search and progress updates can be found here

    Sincerely,

    Members of Gannon University’s Leadership Transition Committee


    9/02/22: Open forum dates set for presidential search

    Dear Gannon Community,

    We hope your semester is off to a good start and that you will find some restful moments in the long holiday weekend ahead.

    As outlined last week, the Presidential Search process will include opportunities for the Gannon community to provide valuable input. The Presidential Search survey is your first opportunity to engage. You can take it here. As a reminder, the survey closes on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

    The next opportunity to engage in the process will be through open forums and focus group sessions. These will be facilitated by Scott Flanagan of Academic Search, the firm that has been hired to assist us. The first of these will occur in Ruskin on Friday, Sept. 9. Others will be held in Erie on Sept. 14 and Sept. 15.

    The dates and locations for the open sessions are below. 

    • Friday, Sept. 9 -- from 8 to 9 a.m. in Ruskin (link will be shared next week)
    • Wednesday, Sep 14 -- from 3 to 4 p.m. in Waldron 219
    • Thursday, Sept. 15 -- from 8 to 9 a.m. in Waldron 219
    • Thursday, Sept. 15 -- from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in Zurn 104

    Two remote sessions are also being planned. These will occur:

    In addition to these open forums, focus group sessions will be held for the Faculty Senate, the Provost Council, the Student Government Association, the President’s Leadership Team, and the National Alumni Board. The dates, times and locations of these sessions will be sent directly to the focus group participants. The focus group sessions will also include representation from staff and administrators as well as Erie community members.

    Your participation in the open forums and focus groups will provide valuable information to inform the work of the Leadership Transition Committee.

    Information on the Presidential Search and progress updates can be found here

    Sincerely,

    Members of Gannon University’s Leadership Transition Committee



    8/26/22: GANNON PRESIDENT STEPPING DOWN; SEARCH INITIATED

    Dr. Keith Taylor, Gannon University’s seventh president, announced Friday he will step down next June. Highly regarded for his personal touch, Taylor announced his decision during a community meeting with staff and faculty and in a letter to Gannon students and colleagues.

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