Wright State University shares latest on search for next president


FAIRBORN, Ohio (WDTN) – The search for Wright State’s next president is underway and for the first time, you’re hearing from the search committee.

We first told you back in May that David Hopkins would be retiring as Wright State’s President. Now four months later, a team of 23 people are coming together to find Hopkins replacement. Leading the way is CEO and President of Wright Patt Credit Union Doug Fecher–who has a team of everyone from students to government officials to business owners searching for the school’s next leader.

“Leadership skills,” Fecher said. “The ability to represent the university well. The ability to run a business of a University.”

Those are just some of the qualities Doug Fecher and his team are looking for in Wright State University’s next president. They divided the search into four phases. With the preparation phase completed, they’re now in the middle of the learning phase.

“We’re doing an awful lot of listening in the campus community throughout Wright State University,” Fecher said. “But also outside the community the base, the chambers of Commerce around.”

Committee members want to find out what qualities the community wants in their next President.

“We intend to do a lot of listening and after we do that listening,” Fecher said. “We will write a presidential profile that will describe exactly what we think would be the qualities of the best president.”

Once the profile is complete, members will search for candidates who best match it, taking the communities thoughts and the students opinions into consideration.

“It’s absolutely critical in fact, we have two student on our search committee to help us give that feedback,” Fecher said. “We’re hiring a president for Wright State University that will be the future of the University and the students are the future of the University so it’s critically important that we have student input.”

Officials plan on appointing a new president by Spring 2017, with plans for them to take office on July 1st

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