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"I wanted to see different
types of people," said sophomore
transfer student Jeremy Shaheen.
"Each person at this college is
different and has something
unique about them. That was
big for me. I just really like the
culture here so far."
According to Strickler, the
search didn't simply focus on
collecting as many students as
possible. Instead, it focused on
finding students who would
positively contribute to the
institution while benefitting from
it on an individual level.
"We're Guilford College, with
our Guilford sense of place and
our Guilford sense of community
and the value that we place on
diversity," said Strickler. "We
(have to) get the right number of
bodies, we need to get the right
number of folks coming in the
door, but we also need to find
people who are going to thrive
here. Right now, we feel ... we've
Although the Admissions
Office had much to do with the
success, Strickler emphasized the
importance of letting students
decide for themselves if Guilford
was a good fit.
"We do not sell any student
on Guilford College," Strickler
said. "The students essentially
convince themselves that
Guilford's the right place, and
we just facilitate the conversation
that allows that to happen."
This was certainly the case for
first-year Mo San, who didn't
need much convincing when
making her college decision.
"Guilford has a good
reputation, and it's a writing
intensive school and a small,
diverse school," said San. "I'm
loving it here so far, and I'm
proud that I get to be here."
The Admissions Office's
success is obvious, but Strickler
believes that the true test of the
success is still unknown.
"One of the real challenges is
that people look at enrollment as
a number — first day they arrive.
And enrollment is a combination
of that number first day and
(students') experiences and their
growth and their participation in
their community over one, two,
"The real test isn't how many
you have walking in first day.
The real test is how many you
have walking in the first day and
First-year Momo Ssin twirls glow sticks among friends at the concert on Aug. 24 during her first weekend on campus.
then staying to rise and attain
While the long-term successes
can't yet be measured, the
Admission Office has started the
school year off on a good foot,
which Strickler attributes to the
collaborative elbow grease and
brainstorming of many.
"This is a community-won
effort," said Strickler. "The
number of people who have
invested their time and energy
in helping us this year — faculty.
staff, other students — has been
phenomenal. I have been amazed
at the willingness of our human
resources here to invest their time
and energy to assist us. "It makes
our job easier. But I would never
say our job is easy."
The traditional student body Senate had its first official
meeting of the year and started it off by inviting Sandy
Bowles, director of judicial affairs, and Aaron Fetrow, dean
of students, to discuss the new judicial point system.
Senate is hoping to bring Craig Munhall to discuss
Meriwether Godsey’s food catering service for students
and to field general questions about food on-campus.
We need to hear your voice! Have an idea? Concern?
Great recipe? Killer knock-knock joke? It’s important to
Questions? Email: senate(^guilford.edu or visit
Compiled by Samir Hazboun, Community Senate president
Search Committee seeks Chabotar’s succesor
BY BRYAN DOOLEY
Do you know any educators who are collaborative,
smart with money and can communicate effectively
with students, faculty and staff?
How about someone who understands and lives by
the Guilford core values and embodies all that makes
If so, tell them that Guilford is hiring.
On June 30, 2014, Guilford's current president, Kent
Chabotar, steps down after 12 years of leadership. Before
that happens however, a replacement must be found.
The search for the next president ramped up over the
summer with the formation of the Presidential Search
"No one person can meet all the criteria suggested by
the Board, faculty and others," trustee and Presidential
Search Committee chair Carole Bruce said in an email.
"Strong leadership skills to lead the college in the
manner of Friends in strategy, academic quality, fund
raising, financing and student life are among the core
"The Search Committee is currently accepting
nominations from all members of the Guilford
At this point, the search process is in its infancy.
"The search committee has met once in July," Suzanne
Ingram, assistant director of communications and
marketing and staff representative for the committee,
said in email. "We introduced ourselves and explained
our roles at the college. We were presented with the
charge to the committee from the board of trustees."
The charge laid out responsibilities and a deadline
of Jan. 31, 2014, for when the board expects the search
committee's short list of three qualified candidates.
The committee is composed of representative
members from among faculty, staff, traditional students,
CCE students, current administration, the board of
visitors, alumni and the trustees.
The committee has also received feedback from
faculty in the form of the "Faculty Statement on the
Next President of Guilford College."
Search committee members expressed that it is early
in the process, but they are highly committed to the best
outcome of this important search.
"I have been teaching here since 1999," said Jim
Hood, professor of English and committee member. "I
am an alumnus and both my children went here. I want
to ensure the future of the college."
Junior Lyes Benarbane voiced similar goals from a
traditional student perspective.
"I am very committed to this position (on the search
committee)," said Benarbane. "Guilford has nestled
itself very deeply where my commitments lie. I think
I can leave an important legacy for the next hundred
years. It is most important that the undergraduate
educational level for traditional students is at the fullest
it can be."
Kami Rowan, associate professor of music, offers
three goals that most of the committee members would
I want a president that can deal with all factions
of the college and work well with them," said Rowan.
Someone who will uphold and support the values of
Guilford and manage the financial situation."
Next in the process is hiring a search consultant
firm, along with writing and approving a leadership
statement, which is similar to a job description. The
search committee welcomes feedback throughout the
Rowan is excited about this huge transition in the
"There's a lot of forward momentum at Guilford
right now," said Rowan. "I am really excited about
where Guilford is in marketing, technology and where
our study abroad is going. The new president can really
help keep this momentum going."