Dear Michael, 

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I’d like to express our sincere appreciation to you and all of the members of our faculty. Although COVID-19 circumstances have dramatically altered your plans for teaching, you have stepped up at an important moment. As a charter class alumnus, I understand how impactful faculty are to students and IMSA’s transformative experience.

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 faculty who wish to be considered for participation in the PSC. We will be promoting the application to faculty and sending you all applicant submissions by September 23, 2020 for review.

We ask that IMSA Local Council 604 nominate three finalists from the faculty 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; however, please be clear, transparent and ensure each application is reviewed and given due process. Your nominations will be presented to the Trustee members of the PSC who will choose a finalist 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, I want to thank you and all members of our faculty, especially during these challenging times. Please direct any questions to me at


Dr. Erin Roche '89
Chair, Presidential Search Committee