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Presidential Search Committee Hires Academic Search, Inc.

July 13, 2007

The Ohio Wesleyan University Presidential Search Committee today announced its decision to hire Washington, D.C.-based Academic Search, Inc., to assist with the University’s nationwide search for a new leader.

Academic Search senior consultant Susan Resneck Pierce will work with the OWU Search Committee to identify and interview those candidates best suited to move the University forward. Academic Search also assisted the University with its most recent Provost search and with the hiring of OWU President Tom Courtice, who served from 1994 to 2004.

Dr. Pierce joined Academic Search in 2006. She is president emerita of the University of Puget Sound, serving from 1992-2003. Under her leadership, Puget Sound entered the ranks of national liberal arts colleges, and Dr. Pierce was awarded the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District VIII Distinguished Leadership Award for 2003 for her work there.

Dr. Pierce earned her bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College, her master’s degree in English from the University of Chicago, and her doctorate in English from the University of Wisconsin. More information about Dr. Pierce is available at the Academic Search Web site.

Michael Long ’66, vice chair of the OWU Board of Trustees and chair of the Presidential Search Committee, says the group is excited to be working with a consultant of Dr. Pierce’s caliber.

“Our Committee is very pleased with the selection of Susan Resneck Pierce and Academic Search, higher education’s first search firm, to assist us in our search for Ohio Wesleyan’s next president,” Long says. “Based upon our prior, positive experience with Academic Search, and Susan’s experience as president of the University of Puget Sound, her long association with the Annapolis Group, and the enthusiasm and dedication she brings to our search, we look forward to working with her and her firm to find the right leader for OWU.”