GEORGETOWN, KY – AGB Search, founded by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, has been engaged by Georgetown College to assist in the selection of candidates to be considered for the Collegeâ€™s presidency. Georgetownâ€™s current president, Bill Crouch, is retiring June 30, 2013.
AGB, which works exclusively in the field of higher education, was chosen after careful review of several well-qualified executive search firms. In announcing the selection to college employees and alumni, William J. Houston, vice-chair of the Collegeâ€™s Board of Trustees and chair of the Presidential Search Committee, said, â€śAGB has a strong track record of helping schools like ours recruit and identify presidents, provosts and deans.â€ť In the last three years, AGB has conducted more than 100 successful leadership searches, Houston said.
The specialist assigned to work with Georgetown College is James Davis, Ph.D., a former president of Shenandoah University in Virginia, where he served for 26 years before retiring in 2008.
â€śShenandoahâ€™s affiliation with the United Methodist Church gives Dr. Davis insight into the needs of a Christian college,â€ť said Mr. Houston. â€śHis tenure also provides him familiarity with the challenges Georgetown faces in seeking a new leader after 21 years of President Bill Crouchâ€™s leadership.â€ť
Crouch, who became Georgetownâ€™s 23rd president in 1991, announced his pending retirement in October, 2012.
Georgetownâ€™s Presidential Search Committee is working to identify the characteristics being sought for the institutionâ€™s next president. It has already solicited input from students, faculty, staff, and alumni and will be formulating a profile during a series of meetings on campus with Dr. Davis this next week. The goal is to have a new president chosen by the end of May, 2013.