Clarion University begins search for next president

October 12, 2017

Clarion University’s Presidential Search Committee will begin the process of selecting the university’s 17th president. Former President Karen Whitney left the post in September to serve as interim chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

The search will be led by AGB Search, a Washington, D.C.-based firm specializing in higher education executive searches. Consultant Dr. Garry Owens, who has previously worked with Clarion University, will guide the process. He will visit campus Oct. 24 and 25 to meet with constituents.

The committee, as prescribed by the State System's presidential search policy, includes:

  • Trustees
    • Milissa Bauer (committee chair)
    • Susanne Burns
    • Donna Oberlander
  • University executive, Dr. Phil Frese, dean, College of Business and Information Sciences
  • Faculty members
    • Dr. Ray Feroz, APSCUF representative, Department of Human Services, Rehabilitation, Health & Sport Sciences
    • Dr. Barry Sweet, Department of Social Sciences
  • Non-instructional members
    • Anita Lahr, Department of Biology and Geosciences
    • Dr. Wendy Snodgrass, athletic director
  • Student, Brianna Shepherd
  • Alumna, Jane France
  • University constituents
    • Len Cullo, vice president for finance and administration
    • Joseph Croskey, Student Success Center
    • Dr. Brenda Dede, associate vice president for academic affairs
  • Former president/chancellor, Dr. Michael Fiorentino Jr., Lock Haven University president
  • Search coordinator: Ann Jamison, Office of the President; Kris Stiglitz, Office of the President
  • State System representative, Dr. Kathleen Howley, deputy vice chancellor for academic and student affairs
  • Board of Governors representative, Donald Houser Jr.

Clarion's next president is expected to take office in summer 2018. To follow the search, visit To review the State System presidential search policy, click here.


Last Updated 4/9/18