Community Messages

Message from Board of Regents Chair Tom Arndorfer to the University Community (November 12, 2021) (Note: The original version of this message contained additional information not relevant to the Presidential Search Process. This information has been removed from the text below.)

Dear UP Community,

On behalf of the Board of Regents, let me thank you for your efforts that have brought life back to The Bluff this fall.  Your commitment to vaccinations, face masks, safety protocols and, when needed, care and isolation, have contributed tremendously to a safe, healthy semester.  During the recent Regents meeting – our first in-person gathering in more than 18 months – it was heartwarming to experience the energy and vibrancy of faculty, staff and students being on campus once again.

This message is meant to keep you informed about some very important issues and initiatives underway that will impact the future of the University of Portland.

We are proud to announce that Washington, DC-based AGB Search has been chosen by our Presidential Search Committee as the executive recruitment consultants to manage our search for a new president.  Founded by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges in 2010, AGB Search specializes in executive search, interim search and compensation evaluation services for higher education institutions.  This firm was chosen at the conclusion of a competitive proposal and bid process that attracted responses from multiple well-qualified firms from across the country.  AGB Search has deep experience conducting presidential searches on behalf of Catholic, mission-based institutions, and possesses an extraordinary track record in cultivating qualified and diverse candidate pools.  The firm’s engagement with our internal Search Committee is now underway with the goal of naming the 21st president in UP history by next spring. The team from AGB Search, which is being led by Shannon McCambridge and Jamie Ferrare, will soon organize a series of listening sessions in order to gather input from the UP community on the qualities and competencies we will seek in our next president.

With Sincere Gratitude,

Thomas D. Arndorfer

Chair, University of Portland Board of Regents

Message from Board of Regents Chair Tom Arndorfer to the University Community (October 11, 2021)

Dear UP Community,

When we last communicated with you in August, we committed to updates as appropriate on the planning and progress around the search for a new president for our beloved University of Portland.  We share with you now some of our latest developments.

You’ll recall our plans included naming a diverse and engaged search committee to oversee the process chaired by UP Board of Regents member Timothy Morgan, ’86.  That committee is fully constituted and has begun its work.  The names and affiliations of those committee members are as follows:

  • Thomas Arndorfer, UP Regent (Committee Observer)
  • William Barnes, Associate Professor of Economics
  • Annie Buell, UP Regent
  • Eduardo Contreras, Associate Provost for International Education, Diversity & Inclusion
  • Dolly Duffy, UP Regent
  • Amy Eaton, Associate Vice President for Development
  • Mark Ganz, UP Regent
  • Jackie Greulich, Associate Athletic Director for Business Operations
  • Father Pete Jarret, C.S.C., UP Regent
  • Pat Johnson, UP Regent
  • Father William Lies, C.S.C., UP Regent
  • Father Edward Malloy, C.S.C., UP Regent
  • Father Charles McCoy, C.S.C., UP Regent & Associate Professor of Mathematics
  • Elise Moentmann, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
  • Timothy Morgan, UP Regent (Committee Chair)
  • Katie O'Reilly, Professor of Biology
  • Cara Poor, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering
  • Larree Renda, UP Regent
  • Alejandro Santana, Associate Professor of Philosophy
  • Jennifer Williams, UP Regent & National Alumni Board Chair

Committee members are currently engaged in the process of selecting an executive search firm that will assist the University with this important work. The name of the search firm will be shared with the UP Community at a later date.

Rest assured, we will approach this responsibility with the highest levels of thoroughness, commitment and focus.  There will be many facets to this effort ranging from information-gathering across our University community to managing the important steps necessary to identify and recruit qualified candidates.

It’s also a safe assumption that some of our potential candidates may currently be employed as higher education leaders elsewhere.  Because of that, a certain amount of confidentiality will have to be maintained at key points in our search until such time that public knowledge of those being considered becomes necessary.

As noted previously and in recognition of the long-standing special relationship between the Congregation of Holy Cross and UP, Holy Cross priests will be considered for the presidency.  Our search, however, will also be open and national in its scope, and higher education leaders of other backgrounds will also be considered.  The ultimate goal is to attract and hire the best possible president for this great institution, and have that person in place by the start of our next fiscal year on July 1, 2022.

Your patience and prayerful support continue to be welcome and necessary.  We look forward to reporting additional progress again soon.

With Sincere Gratitude,

Thomas D. Arndorfer

Chair, University of Portland Board of Regents

Message from Board of Regents Chair Tom Arndorfer to the University Community (August 20, 2021)

Dear University of Portland Community,

On behalf of the Board of Regents, we welcome you to the new 2021-22 academic year and your return to The Bluff.  We are enduring the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic with prayer, optimism, vaccinations and a commitment to the Catholic, Holy Cross mission of the University of Portland.  Thanks to the efforts and support of UP students, staff, faculty, parents, alumni and benefactors, we now find ourselves at a new beginning, while still doing all we can to remain safe and healthy.

I write to update you on the search for a new president of this great institution.  UP is blessed to have an educator and academic executive like Dr. Herbert A. Medina currently serving as both Acting President and Provost; he will continue in these roles throughout the fall and spring terms.  However, the goal still remains to bring aboard a permanent successor to Rev. Mark L. Poorman, C.S.C.

A search committee has been empaneled under the chairmanship of UP Regent Timothy Morgan (’86).  He is joined by other members of the Board of Regents along with select faculty and administrative leaders to engage in this important process.  An executive search firm is also being hired as a supplemental resource to help identify the most qualified and diverse slate of candidates possible.

In the tradition of our University, Congregation of Holy Cross priests will be among the candidates presented for consideration.  This will also be an open search that is national in scope, and available to any interested higher education leader whose background and experiences meet the specifications for this important role.  Ultimately, we hope to have the 21st president of UP in place by July 1, 2022.

Until then, we ask for your patience and supportive prayers over the coming months as our search committee does its work.  When appropriate, we will update the UP community on our progress.

With Sincere Gratitude, 

Thomas D. Arndorfer

Chair, University of Portland Board of Regents