Wartburg College has named a committee and firm to spearhead the search for a new vice president for academic affairs. 

President Darrel Colson said he anticipates naming a successor to Dr. Ferol Menzel by mid-February.

Menzel retired in June after 12 years as vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty. Dr. Fred Ribich has assumed the role on an interim basis.

The search committee includes:

• Dr. Chip Bouzard, professor of religion

• Dr. Julie Kliegl, assistant professor of business administration

• Dr. Neil Martinsen-Burrell, associate professor of mathematics

• Dr. Amy Nolan, associate professor of English

• Dr. Todd Reiher, professor of psychology

• Dr. Stephanie Toering-Peters, associate professor of biology

• Dr. Dan Kittle, director of the Center for Community Engagement

• Dr. Peter Nash, professor of religion and liberal studies

• Jennifer Sassman, director of financial aid

• Dr. Deb Loers, vice president for student life

• MacKenzie Benson ’12, student body representative

 Reiher will chair the committee, while Cindy Carlson, administrative assistant to the president, will provide staff support.

 Myers McRae, a higher education executive search and consulting firm, will assist in the search. David Gring, the lead consultant, has worked with Wartburg on previous searches.

Gring will visit the campus Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 26-27, to meet with members of the search committee as part of an effort to develop a college profile and job description.

 Work on building the candidate pool will begin following a formal announcement of the opening in early October. Eight to 10 candidates will be interviewed off-site with the most promising candidates brought to campus in late January or early February.

“We owe our thanks to those who have consented to serve on the committee,” Colson said. “They will be busy and theirs is an important job. We are seeking someone who can build on the fine work that Ferol Menzel did for 12 years, someone who can capture the vision articulated in our strategic plan and lead us all to its fulfillment. 

“All of us should look for every opportunity to support our search committee in its work. Indeed, from time to time, Todd or I might well ask for a bit of your time to help in this effort. Thanks in advance for what you will do.”