Monmouth University Launches Search For New President

March 16, 2012

WEST LONG BRANCH – Monmouth University today announced that it has begun its national search for a new president to succeed Paul G. Gaffney II who will be retiring on June 30, 2013 after a decade of dedicated leadership.  Monmouth University Chair of the Board of Trustees Robert B. Sculthorpe ’63 assembled a 16-member search committee to oversee the selection process.  The members were selected from a cross section of the University in order to gain input from as many different areas as possible.


The committee is comprised of nine trustees (five who are alumni), two faculty members, one academic department chair, two students (an undergraduate and a graduate) and two administrators.  The members of the search committee include: Marcia Sue Clever, M.D.; Alfred Ferguson, Esq.; John Greco, Jr. ’74; Henry Mercer, III ’87; Charles Parton; Jeana Piscatelli ’01 ’02; Michael Plodwick ’82; Alfred Schiavetti, Jr.; Michelle Spicer Toto ’94; Nancy Mezey, associate professor, Department of Political Science and Sociology/director of Institute for Global Understanding; Robert Scott, associate professor, Department of Economics, Finance and Real Estate, Jiacun Wang, associate professor/chair, Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering; Christine Benol, assistant vice president of Enrollment Management/director of Enrollment Research & Technical Support; Michael Maiden, director of University Advancement Publications; Samantha Hopkins, undergraduate student; and Mychal Mills, graduate student.


The committee will review candidate applications in the coming months.  Finalist candidates will be interviewed on campus in January 2013 and the Board of Trustees expects to choose a new president by the end of the February 2013.  Theodore Marchese of AGB Search in Washington, D.C. has been chosen as the search firm assisting the University in identifying its next president. The firm will provide consulting services to the University’s Board of Trustees in order to attract a suitable applicant pool and provide overall guidance to the search process.  Nominations for presidential candidates can be sent to the search firm at




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