Recent Updates

10/20/21: Leadership Profile Now on the Presidential Search Website

Sent on Behalf of Presidential Search Committee Co-Chairs Georgia Keresty ‘83 and Sanjeev Kulkarni ‘84

Dear University Community,

On behalf of the Presidential Search Committee, thank you for your ongoing support and commitment to our search process for Clarkson’s 17th president. 

The Leadership Profile is now posted to

It describes the expectations for the new President at Clarkson University and outlines the qualities, characteristics and experiences we are looking for in the next leader to address the challenges and opportunities ahead.  This document was created based on the thoughtful and forward-looking input shared by the Board of Trustees, Faculty, Staff, Students and Alumni at more than 20 stakeholder listening sessions, as well as responses to the survey, available on the website for input from the University community. 

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Presidential Selection Open Forum for Graduate Students from CUGSA

Dear Graduate Students,

Please join the open forum on Sept. 24th at 4 pm to sit with the executive search firm Isaacson, Miller ( to share your expectations and authentic needs and demands from your prospective new president with the search firm. Your voice really does matter for the selection of a president for the university who will be an advocate and authentic representative of your academic/life needs and rights of you as a member of the graduate student community on the Clarkson campus.

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9/23/21: In Person Listening Sessions for Presidential Search

In addition to the constituent-based, virtual listening sessions that begin on Friday, the Presidential Search Committee has also identified two dates and times for in person listening sessions for University community members to attend at the Capital Region Campus (CRC) and the Main Campus in Potsdam.  

The Capital Region Campus will host an in person listening session with Issacson Miller on Thursday, September 30 at 10am in CRC 002.  

The Potsdam Campus in person listening session will be Wednesday, October 13, 2021 from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Student Center MPRS.

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Listening Sessions for Presidential Search

As many of you are aware, Clarkson has retained the executive search firm Isaacson, Miller ( to help with our search for a President. Search consultants with the firm, Partner Kate Barry and Managing Associate Elizabeth Dorr, will be working closely with us over the coming months. 

Listening sessions will be held virtually starting the end of next week  (times and Zoom links below) so the committee and consultants can benefit from your perspective on the Clarkson presidency, how you would expect to interface with the President, and what you consider to be the key challenges and opportunities the new President will face. 

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9/10/21: Update from the Presidential Search Committee

We would like to provide an update on the activities of our Search Committee.  Since our last update on August 17th, we have been engaged in selecting the external search firm who will partner with us in our search for Clarkson’s 17th president. 

We engaged with numerous well-respected and accomplished search firms who focus on higher education and through a rigorous process have made our selection.  We are pleased to inform the University Community that Isaacson Miller has been selected as our external search firm partner.  Their website is:

The Search Committee will now begin the next steps in the search process in partnership with Kate Barry and Elizabeth Dorr, our Isaacson Miller partners.  These next steps include setting up “listening sessions” for community members to provide their input to the search; setting up a search website to provide transparency for the community; and beginning development of the leadership profile for this search. 

8/17/21: Announcing the Presidential Search Committee Membership

As announced in June, President Tony Collins will be stepping down as Clarkson’s 16th president at the conclusion of the 2022 academic year, after 40 years of service to the institution.  

The Clarkson Board of Trustees has established a Presidential Search Process and as part of that process has appointed a Presidential Search Committee co-chaired by Trustees Georgia Keresty ‘83 and Sanjeev Kulkarni ’84. The following members of the University community were nominated and selected from a diverse pool of candidates to also be members of the Presidential Search Committee. While the members represent a range of constituent groups, they are all tasked with bringing a “university mindset” in their service on the Committee. 

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