Human Resources

Presidential Search Updates


NOTICE is hereby given pursuant to Section 24-6-402, C.R.S., that the Presidential Search Committee will conduct a public meeting beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 12, 2017.  The meeting will be held in the Student Senate Chambers, Room 163, Student Union, Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado.


Meetings with Fort Lewis College Presidential Search Committee announced
The Board of Trustees for Fort Lewis College has selected Witt/Kieffer, one of the country’s leading search firms in higher education, health care, life sciences and the non-profit sector, to assist its search committee with its national presidential search.  

The Board of Trustees has appointed a 12-person Presidential Search Committee that includes faculty, students, administrators, staff, alumni, and community members, as well as two trustees, which will work with Witt/Kieffer Principal Ann Yates and Senior Partner Lucy Leske over the next six months.
The committee will hold its first meetings on campus on October 11 to discuss the search process and invite feedback. Anyone wishing to attend any of the meetings should contact Esther Ryser at 247-7100 or The agenda for October 11 includes:
10:30 – 11:30 AM               
Staff group meeting
President’s Conference Room
2:00 – 3:00 PM
Faculty group meeting
Vallecito Room
3:00 – 5:00 PM
Individual meetings w/consultant (ea. 10-15 min)                                   
Vallecito Room
Contact Esther Ryser at 247-7100 or for an appointment.
5:00 – 6:00 PM    
Faculty and staff group meeting (for those not able to attend the previous meetings)                                                                               
Vallecito Room
6:00 PM                
Student forum
Student Senate Chambers
There will be additional opportunities during that time for members of the Fort Lewis College and Durango communities to share input, ensuring that a comprehensive, transparent and effective search process is informed by multiple perspectives. 
President Dene Thomas announced in April that she will retire June 30, 2018. The Board of Trustees anticipates naming the next president of Fort Lewis College in the spring of 2018.
Comments can be sent to
For more information about Witt/Kieffer:
Answer to questions submitted by Faculty Senate:
1) How many candidates will be invited to the airport interviews? (Estimate or hope)
2) How many candidates will be invited to campus? (Estimate or hope)
3) Will the presidential search committee make one recommendation to the BoT or will the committee rank order candidates with the BoT making the final decision?
We appreciate these questions; however, it is too early in the process. The Board of Trustees has been focused on establishing a transparent and collaborative search process and appointing a diverse search committee. We will provide additional guidance to the search committee. We would appreciate input from you.