Presidential Selection

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About the Presidential Selection Process

This website is designed to share information about the process to choose Mount Holyoke College’s next president.

The presidential appointment process will unfold in several stages. It begins with the creation of a “Role Specification” document that reflects a shared understanding of what we are seeking in the president of our College. The Board of Trustees has asked Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph.D., president emerita of Spelman College and former acting president of Mount Holyoke, to engage with the College community — faculty, students, staff and alumnae — to discuss the acting president’s demonstrated capability in the context of the Role Specification.

A community-wide effort in February will be held to define the key leadership competencies for Mount Holyoke’s future success. This will result in the Role Specification that will anchor all subsequent deliberations.

In March, Dr. Tatum will conduct an independent assessment of the qualifications of the acting president against that Role Specification, based on extensive feedback from College constituencies. Dr. Tatum will present her confidential findings to the Board later this spring.  

Before the end of the spring semester, the Board will report back to the community on the candidacy of the College’s acting president and whether or not it will move to a national search.

Even as the College embarks on this critically important presidential succession process, the acting president and her leadership team — in partnership with the dedicated members of the community — remain focused on the continued success of Mount Holyoke College and the execution of its priorities during the upcoming semester. The community’s support for and involvement in this process and these critical efforts is deeply appreciated.

Updates and Letters to the Community

Learn more about the presidential selection process through updates and letters to the community.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to some frequently asked questions about the presidential search process.

About Beverly Tatum

Learn more about Beverly Tatum, who will be conducting an independent assessment as part of the presidential selection process.