Dear Brian and Members of the IAA Cabinet, 

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I’d like to express our sincere appreciation for your volunteer efforts to facilitate connections, support and fellowship among all Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy alumni. As a fellow alum, I share the personal connection to IMSA and the vested interest in its leadership for future generations.

The IMSA Board of Trustees is beginning the process of seeking the 4th president in the history of the Academy to replace President José M. Torres who will be retiring at the end of the academic year. 

We are treating the presidential transition as a strategic imperative which supports and protects IMSA’s reputation, value proposition, and integrity. The Board has appointed IMSA Board of Trustees Chair Dr. Erin Roche (‘89) to lead a Presidential Search Committee (PSC) which includes Trustees Roche, Dr. Paula Olszewski-Kubilius, Kathleen Clarke (‘93), Dr. Steve Sims, Dr. Luis Núñez, Dr. Marsha Rosner, and four non-trustees. In past searches, the Director of Human Resources has supported the PSC. Therefore, Traci Ellis, Chief Human Resources Officer and Toni Peterson, Senior Administrative Assistant, have been tapped to provide executive support to the PSC. The purpose of the PSC is to identify and nominate, consistent with IMSA’s mission and the Board’s current strategic initiatives, to the IMSA Board of Trustees one President candidate for the Board’s consideration. 

We are committed to a transparent and inclusive process with PSC representation from alumni, faculty, staff, and Cabinet. We have created a PSC Interest Application form for alumni who wish to be considered for participation in the PSC. We will be promoting the application to alumni and sending you all applicant submissions by September 23, 2020 for review. We ask that IAA nominate three finalists from the alumni applicant pool using the PSC Nominee Submission Form, including the name of each nominee and a 3-4 sentence summary of why you believe an individual meets the selection criteria for the PSC by September 30, 2020. We understand the turnaround time is short and very much appreciate your partnership in helping us establish the PSC in a timely manner.

You are welcome to define a review process that works best for you; however, please ensure your process is clear, transparent and ensures each application is reviewed and given fair and equal consideration.
The individuals you nominate will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

Please refer to the PSC Nomination and Selection summary document which succinctly captures the details, deadlines and deliverables of the PSC application, nomination and selection process.

Again, on behalf of the Board, I would like to thank you and the IAA Cabinet for promoting a continuous and lifelong relationship with IMSA and your commitment to advancing its mission. Please direct any questions to me at


Dr. Erin Roche '89
Chair, Presidential Search Committee