Presidential Search

Message from the Chair of the Search Committee

It is my distinct honor and privilege to chair the presidential search committee for the next UD President. As I prepare for this task, I keep coming back to UD’s motto: Veritatem, Justitiam Diligite (loosely translated, Love Ye Truth and Justice). This simple and elegant phrase captures perfectly all UD aspires to be. Our unabashedly Catholic character. Our timeless undergraduate Core curriculum. Our outstanding professional graduate programs. Our faculty renowned for its teaching and scholarship. Our rigorous academic programs across disciplines ranging from humanities and fine arts to sciences to business to ministry.

As an alumnus and a trustee, I feel a passion for UD that I know our entire community shares. We are a special place, and each of us wants to do his or her part to ensure UD reaches its full potential in pursuit of its educational mission. I approach my job as chair of the search committee with this ideal in mind.

As our search committee begins its work, we seek input from all members of the UD community. To that end, we have created this webpage where you can provide your input to the search committee. Please use this site to share the priorities you believe our next President should pursue, the traits you believe our next President should possess, and/or any candidate nominations you would like to recommend. Please provide feedback to us as soon as you can so that we may take it into account on a timely basis. The search committee will keep in strict confidence all comments shared with us. We will also post occasional updates to the site noting our progress and sharing announcements.

Our search committee members are excited and optimistic but also cognizant of our serious and challenging work ahead. Please pray for the members of the search committee to exercise wisdom and good judgment in pursuit of our task, and please also pray for the success of the search and the entire UD community.

For the love of UD,
Richard Husseini

Search Committee Members

Our search committee represents a cross section of the UD community, including trustees, faculty (with each of UD’s four schools represented), an academic dean, a National Alumni Board representative, a member with senior staff experience, and the current student government president. We are also particularly pleased that eight members of the search committee are University of Dallas alumni.

  • Richard Husseini, ’88, Trustee, (Committee Chair)
  • Win Bell, Trustee
  • The Most Reverend Bishop Edward J. Burns, University Chancellor and Bishop of the Diocese of Dallas
  • J. Barry Clark, Trustee
  • Andrew Farley, ’98, Trustee and National Alumni Board President
  • Susan Hanssen, Ph.D., Department Chair and Associate Professor of History
  • William Keffler, Trustee
  • Richard Miller, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Operations Management
  • Randall Muck, Trustee
  • Brian Murray, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Management and former Vice President and CFO
  • Joseph O. Neuhoff Jr., Trustee
  • Terry O’Halloran, ’83, Trustee
  • Joshua Parens, Ph.D., Dean of Braniff Graduate School, Director of the Institute of Philosophic Studies, Director of the Philosophy Ph.D. Program and Professor of Philosophy and Politics
  • Laura Felis Quinn, ’86, Trustee
  • Diana Dudoit Raiche, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Catechetics and Pastoral Ministry
  • Mary Ritter, ’85, Trustee
  • Clare Slattery, ’19, Student Government President
  • Patrick V. Stark, Trustee
  • Ellen Steinmiller, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Analytical Chemistry
  • Bridgett Wagner, ’81, Trustee
  • Matthew Walz, Ph.D., Faculty Senate President, Director of Philosophy and Letters and Pre-Theologian Programs, Department Chair and Associate Professor of Philosophy
  • Julie Weber, ’91, Trustee
  • Gerard Wegemer, Ph.D., Professor of English and Director of the Center for St. Thomas More Studies


Search Partner

Witt/Kieffer LogoWitt/Kieffer, a national search firm with substantial experience in presidential and executive searches in higher education, is assisting with the search. Dennis Barden, a senior partner with the firm, will lead the Witt/Kieffer team with Elizabeth Bohan and Christine Pendleton. Dennis has a national reputation for assisting universities in searches with a particular expertise in Catholic higher education. His deep appreciation of our Core curriculum and our professional graduate programs will prove an invaluable resource to the search committee and the board.

Anticipated Search Timeline


Date Event

Mid-August 2018

Search consultant meets with board and officers.

Late August 2018

Search consultant conducts stakeholder listening sessions on campus.

September 2018

Leadership profile describing the ideal candidate and summarizing the priorities for the next president is posted.

Through Mid-November

Candidates are recruited and assessed.

Late November – Late December 2018

Search committee conducts preliminary interviews and selects finalists.

Late January 2019

Finalists are interviewed.

February 2019

Board elects president and makes public announcement.

Through June 2019

University prepares for presidential transition.

July 2019

New president takes office.

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