Excelsior College Presidential Search

Excelsior College is searching for its next president, to succeed President James N. Baldwin in July 2020.

We seek a proven, innovative leader for a dedicated team of educators and staff at an accredited, forward-thinking college that delivers the power of knowledge and opportunity to adult learners.


The prospectus offers comprehensive information about the College, the adult learners it serves, the presidential profile, and the search time line.

How to Apply

Greenwood/Asher & Associates Inc. is assisting Excelsior College in this search. Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made.

Application Deadline

Interested individuals are encouraged to apply at their earliest convenience.

Nomination of a Candidate

Individuals who wish to nominate a candidate should submit a letter of nomination that includes contact information for the nominee.

Application Requirements

Application materials should include the following:

  • A letter addressing how the candidate’s experiences match the position qualifications
  • A curriculum vitae or resume
  • Three references

Confidential inquiries, applications, and letters of nominations should be submitted to Narcisa Polonio, executive leadership consultant, at narcisapolonio@greenwoodsearch.com

Search Committee

Excelsior College Board of Trustees Presidential Search Committee Members

Helen Benjamin, PhD, Chair
Chancellor (Ret.)
Contra Costa Community College District
Dallas, TX

David Baime, MS
Senior Vice President, Government Relations and Policy Analysis
American Association of Community Colleges
Washington, DC

Don Dea, MBA
Co-founder, Fusion Productions
Webster, NY

Matthew Loeb, CGEIT, CAE, FASAE
Principal, Optimal Performance Seekers, LLC
Doylestown, PA

Managing Director, Cyber Risk Services
Deloitte & Touche LLP
New York, NY

Jerry L. Neff, BS
Brigadier General ARNGUS (Ret.)
Regional President, M&I Bank (Ret.)
Bradenton, FL

Clar Rosso, MA
Executive Vice President, Engagement and Learning Innovation
Association of International Certified Professional Accountants
Durham, NC

Pamela J. Tate, MA, MS
Former President and Chief Executive Officer, Council for Adult and Experiential Learning
Chicago, IL

Khori Whittaker, MA
President & Chief Operating Officer, Lighthouse Academies
Wesley Chapel, FL

Alec Whitters
CEO and Co-Founder, Higher Learning Technologies
Iowa City, IA 

Excelsior College Staff Liaisons

Mark Howe
Vice President, Human Resources
Office: 518-464-8508

Laurie Keenan
Assistant to the President for Trustee Affairs
Office:  518-464-8575