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A search is underway for Providence College’s 13th president, a Dominican friar who will replace Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P. ’80 at the conclusion of his 15-year tenure in 2020.

  • September 30, 2019 Search Update
    Dear Members of the Providence College Community:As chair of the Presidential Search Committee, I am providing you with an update on the status of the search to appoint a new president who will begin service to the College on July 1, 2020.

    The search for, and the identification and recommended appointment of, a new president are the essential responsibilities of the Providence College Board of Trustees. The charge to the search committee, and the composition of the presidential position profile, were created and approved by both the board and the Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of St. Joseph and were shared with the Providence College community in July. The search committee was composed of board members, a Dominican Friar, faculty, students, staff, and alumni. The College also engaged the highly experienced and qualified search firm, Witt/Kieffer, to support the integrity and thoroughness of the committee’s search process. Four Dominican Friars applied for the position, and the search committee held in-person interviews with each of them. Following the off-campus interviews, the committee voted to advance two highly qualified finalists, Rev. Nicanor Austriaco, O.P., professor of biology and theology at Providence College, and Rev. Kenneth Sicard, O.P. ’78 & ’82G, executive vice president and treasurer of Providence College.

    Over the past two weeks the finalists have had on-campus interviews with the faculty serving on the Shared Governance Committee, students identified in consultation with the president of Student Congress, cabinet administrators, and they also individually met with the chair of the board, Christopher Reilly ’84. Individual feedback was requested of all those who met with the finalists. Reference and background checks for both finalists were completed by Witt/Kieffer to ensure the search process was done with due diligence.

    On Oct. 3, the Board of Trustees will hold individual plenary sessions with each finalist to complete the in-depth search process. The Board Affairs Committee will review the feedback on each finalist and will provide its recommendations to the full Board of Trustees on Oct. 4 in executive session. The full board will make its recommendation to the Providence College Corporation.

    Thank you to all those who took the time to interview with the finalists. I also want to sincerely thank all the members of the search committee for sharing their talent, time, and diligence in the execution of this most critically important process to identify the next president who will be charged with continuing the momentous path of Providence College.

    Robert Clark ‘80
    Presidential Search Committee Chair