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DWU's presidential search revs up

The process for hiring Dakota Wesleyan University's 20th president is officially under way.

A search committee has been formed and is headed by DWU Board of Trustees Chairman Brad Pratt.

Current President Bob Duffett announced in December he would be leaving the university in May after leading Dakota Wesleyan for 12 years.

Duffett took a job as president at Eastern University, a private Christian school in St. Davids, Pa., a suburb of Philadelphia, and will start their in July.

DWU has set up a website to give potential candidates more information about the university and let them know what characteristics they are looking for in the new president.

Candidates must submit a resume, a letter of interest reflecting their leadership characteristics and a 500- to 1,000-word response to the question "What is your perception of challenges and opportunities faced by Christian higher education in the next 10 years?"

Applications are being accepted until March 11.

"It's still relatively early in the process to know what kind of candidates we have at this point," Pratt said.

The search committee, which is made up of trustee members, will narrow applicants down to which one will receive phone interviews and after that process winnow the field down further for in-person interviews.

The committee will then make a recommendation to the Board of Trustees, who will vote on the matter. To be approved, a candidate must receive a majority vote from the 30-person board.

Pratt said there is no set date as to when he would like someone to be hired for the job. He said the job is being advertised nationally and correspondence was sent to alumni notifying them of the opening.

"Mostly we are just concerned with finding the right person for the job," Pratt said.