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Search Begins for Vice President for Advancement

April 9, 2012

Dear Campus Community,

I am pleased to announce that a national search has begun to select Colorado College’s next vice president for advancement with the formation of a search committee and the selection of a search consultant. Finding the next leader for our advancement division is one of my top priorities, and I am convinced that, given our strengths and opportunities, this position will be very attractive.

I will chair the search committee, and am thankful to the following people who have agreed to assist the college in this important endeavor:

Megan Anderson (assistant professor of geology); Salvatore Bizzarro (professor of Romance languages); Stacy Davidson (college controller and director of investments); Bob Lee (professor of political science); Ken Ralph (director of athletics); Roger Smith, (director of the office of minority and international students); John Simons (professor of English); Adam Press (trustee), and Amy Louis (trustee). Jermyn Davis, chief of staff, president’s office, will staff the committee.

Susan VanGilder, principal, Storbeck and Pimentel, will serve as the search consultant who will help us identify and recruit the most talented candidates. This position is critical to the college’s future; therefore, we must have candidates who are bold and creative, but who also appreciate the values of Colorado College.

Last week, the search committee, cabinet, and representatives from the advancement division met with our consultant to begin discussing the ideals and characteristics we hope to find in the next vice president for advancement. If you have comments, ideas, or questions that will aid us in this process, please email

Future status updates about the search for our next vice president for advancement will be posted to a dedicated website, In the coming weeks, I will share the position description we will use for this selection. The attached ad has been placed to begin building the pool as we more specifically define the position description.

While I hope to have the next vice president in place by August 1, 2012, the top priority is hiring the best person for this position. Therefore, the search will continue until we meet that goal. Again, I look forward to hearing from you throughout this process.

Best regards,

Jill Tiefenthaler