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Dear Campus Community,

In my role as chair of the Presidential Search Committee, I am writing to share with you the progress that has been made in preparing to launch the search for Ripon’s 14th president.

First, after interviewing several search firms, I am pleased to announce that the College has engaged Russell Reynolds Associates. For more than 50 years, Russell Reynolds has built a reputation as a premier executive search firm known and respected for their depth and breadth of specialized expertise complemented by their high-touch client approach. I’d like to invite all Ripon College constituents to join Russell Reynolds in the coming weeks as they facilitate stakeholder meetings to gather input from our community about the attributes the next president should possess. Furthermore, all constituents will receive an email with a link to a survey asking for their input. Our goal is to have as many members of the Ripon community participate as possible. A presidential search email address will be created in the coming days so that at any point during the search, members of the campus community can share their input.

Second, we have finalized the composition of the Presidential Search Committee. The committee will actively engage the immediate and extended Ripon College community in the search, review the credentials of interested candidates, select a group of finalists to interview, and present to the Board one candidate who they believe is best-prepared to lead the Ripon College into the future. Being a member of this committee will require a significant time commitment, and I am deeply grateful to each of the individuals listed below for their willingness to participate.

Administrative Liaison

Kara Kinas Jankowski, Chief of Staff to the President and Dean of Faculty


Tom Abendroth ’81, Chair of the Board of Trustees
Nick Eastman, Assistant Professor of Educational Studies
Jackie Hanson ’23, current student
Dante Houston ’01, Trustee
Shawn Karsten ’09, Vice President for Advancement, Marketing and Communications
Memuna Khan, Professor of Biology, Chair of the Department of Biology
Linda Kinziger, Director of Financial Aid
Rebecca Matzke, Associate Dean for Faculty Development, Ralph Hale Ruppert Distinguished Professor of History
Tom Moniz, Attorney with von Briesen & Roper, s.c., community representative
Connie Moser ’84, Trustee
Travis Nygard, Associate Professor of Art History, co-director of the Caestecker Gallery
Carrie Roca-Dawson ’94, member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors
Lisa Wollan ’78, Trustee
Kimberly Woolley ’94, Trustee

I look forward to sharing updates with you as the search progresses.


Mark Franzen ’83, Trustee and Chair of the Presidential Search Committee
Members of the Ripon College Community,

I’d like to update you on our plans for the search for Ripon College’s next president. We are taking the initial steps for launching the search process. I am pleased to announce that Mark Franzen ’83 has agreed to chair the search committee. Mark has been a member of the Ripon College Board of Trustees since 2011 and currently serves as secretary and as chair of the Academic Affairs Committee.

We are in the process of determining the membership of the search committee. This committee will vet candidates and make a final recommendation of a candidate to the Board. The committee will comprise representatives from a spectrum of the College community, including trustees, members of the faculty, and representatives from the student body, alumni, College staff and administration, and the community.

As the Board has in the past, we plan to retain an executive search firm to work with the search committee to help develop a candidate pool and conduct the evaluation process. We already have asked a number of firms for proposals and hope to have a firm selected in the next few weeks.

Our objective is to launch the search process as soon as possible so that we could have it completed by the start of the 2022 school year. However, the Board recognizes the need to be flexible on timing in pursuit of our primary goal of finding the best person to lead Ripon College in the coming years. We will continue to update you as we move forward. I look forward to working with you during this important period.


Thomas Abendroth ’81, Chair Ripon College Board of Trustees