Franklin College has picked a firm to steer the search for its next president. Illinois-based Witt/Kieffer will work with the board of trustees' search committee and hopes to make a recommendation for retiring President Jay Moseley's successor before the end of February. July 14, 2014

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Franklin, Ind. — Franklin College’s Presidential Search Committee has selected the firm of Witt/Kieffer in Oak Brook, Ill., to manage the process for the selection of the college’s 16th president. The search for the new president comes on the heels of a highly successful year for the college. It recently announced it has exceeded its enrollment goal for the upcoming fall semester and its Franklin Fund for Scholarships goal for 2013-14.

The search committee will immediately begin working with the firm to establish the qualities and values desired in the next president. The timeline details for the search are still being determined, but the committee hopes to provide its hiring recommendation to the board of trustees for a vote during the February 2015 board meeting.

The 12-member search committee is comprised of alumni, staff administrators, board of trustees and faculty members. Committee chair is 1982 alumnus and board member James V. Due, senior vice president of corporate and institutional services at Northern Trust Co. in Chicago. Vice chair is 1967 alumna and board member Susan Williams, retired president of Indiana Sports Corp. in Indianapolis.

“The search committee is composed of men and women who have diverse experiences and backgrounds,” said Christi Fields, chair of the Franklin College board of trustees. “They understand the importance of this responsibility and are committed to developing a robust and transparent process to attract a talented pool of candidates and to appropriately vet them. The board is confident that the committee will bring outstanding candidates forward for its consideration.”

Witt/Kieffer was selected following presentations to the committee by two firms.

“Witt/Kieffer is a national leader in the higher education market sector,” said Due. “The firm’s presence, experience and resources combined with its understanding of liberal arts institutions, assure that Franklin will have access to the strongest pool of potential candidates to lead the college in a dynamic and exciting period.”

Witt/Kieffer has been in business for 45 years and is focused on serving organizations committed to improving the quality of life. The firm’s clients include colleges and universities, not-for-profits, hospitals and health systems, academic medical centers, and other mission-driven organizations. For more information, visit

President James “Jay” G. Moseley announced in May that he would retire from Franklin College effective June 30, 2015.

Founded in 1834, Franklin College is a residential, liberal arts institution with a scenic, wooded campus located 20 minutes south of downtown Indianapolis, spanning 207 acres, including athletic fields and a 31-acre biology woodland. The college prepares students to think independently, to lead responsibly and to serve with integrity in their professions, their communities and the world. The college offers its approximately 1,000 students bachelor of arts degrees in 55 majors from 25 academic disciplines, 41 minors, 11 pre-professional programs and four cooperative programs. In 1842, the college began admitting women, becoming the first coeducational institution in Indiana and the seventh in the nation. Franklin College maintains a voluntary association with the American Baptist Churches USA. For more information, visit

Source: Franklin College

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