The Catholic University of America

The Results of the CUA Presidential Search E-Survey . . .

December 18, 2009
On behalf of the Presidential Search Committee, I am writing to make you aware that the initial stage of our project is proceeding quite well. Our success is due, in no small part, to the enthusiasm and engagement the CUA community has demonstrated.
I am grateful to those who participated in meetings that were held on campus in November with students, faculty, staff, and administrators by our consultants from Spencer Stuart. It is my understanding that these constituency meetings were constructive, open, and candid; which is exactly the kind of exchange for which I was hoping.
I am also grateful to those who responded to the E-Survey which was posted on our website and sent to the CUA community. The response was very strong (I am told among the highest level of participation our search firm has experienced) with approximately 2000 students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumni providing input. I thought it would be useful to share with you the aggregate results of the survey. The input from our community regarding CUA’s priorities will help to form the basis of the Position and Candidate Specification which the committee plans to share with you very soon. The following is a summary of the E-Survey responses:
  • Regarding short term goals, our constituents across the board expressed an interest in furthering CUA’s academic excellence, the importance of a strong faculty, and a continued focus on our Catholic identity. Strong interest was also expressed for greater support of student issues and the building our financial resources;
  • The responses regarding long term goals were largely the same indicating that our community is in alignment going forward;
  • Regarding the characteristics you are seeking in CUA’s next President, four characteristics received very high responses:
o   Decision-making and executive skills;
o   A commitment to Catholic education and identity;
o   Communication skills;
o   Fundraising and resource building.
Again, I am grateful for your participation in CUA’s Presidential Search and I wish you and your families a blessed and peaceful Christmas holiday.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Rev. Allen H. Vigneron
Archbishop of Detroit
Chairman, CUA Board of Trustees and
Chairman of the CUA Presidential Search Committee