Search committee, firm named to select Beloit College’s next president
The search for the next transformative Beloit College president is underway.
Search Committee Chair and Beloit Trustee Nina Weissberg’84 announced the internal committee members today along with the external search firm assisting in the process.
President Scott Bierman announced in September that he would retire as the college’s 11th president at the end of the academic year.
“Our sadness at Scott’s retirement is tempered by the tremendous opportunity to identify Beloit’s next leader,” Weissberg said. “The search committee members represent numerous community perspectives critical to identifying that individual, and we are excited to work with these thoughtful leaders.”
Search firm Russell Reynolds Associates will facilitate the process. Anne Coyle and Former Ripon College President Zach Messitte, will lead the firm’s efforts, with extensive national academic search experience and deep knowledge of Midwestern liberal arts colleges.
Russell Reynolds will lead listening sessions with campus constituents over the next weeks to identify community priorities. Following these sessions, the firm will send a survey to the Beloit community of faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends of the college to gain additional insight.
The search committee will use the data to develop the position specifications. The goal is to identify the next president by late spring 2023.
Beloit College Presidential Search Committee
Board of Trustees
Nina Weissberg’84 — search committee Chair, CEO of Weissberg Investment Corp and Trustee of the Weissberg Foundation
Alex Catalan’10 — college counseling professional at the Seven Hills School in Cincinnati
Don Kent’77 — principal, financial advisor, Bernstein Private Wealth Management
Tori Key’03 — senior analyst and advisor to the CFO at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Washington, D.C.
Dick Niemiec’65 — board chair, interim president of Beloit College in 2008-09; retired senior vice president, Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Minnesota
Rachel Bergstrom — associate professor of biology and co-director of the Advanced Mentoring Program (AMP), recently recognized for her work advancing civically engaged STEM learning and research
Laura Grube’08 — associate professor of economics and business who leads Beloit’s Econ Day, an annual alumni and career development trip to Chicago
Sonya Maria Johnson — assistant professor of religious studies and critical identity studies and Mouat junior professor of international studies and Underkofler Award winner for excellence in teaching
Ron Watson — associate professor of health & society and political science, co-director of Career Channels and co-director of Why Bother, Wisconsin?, Beloit’s initiative to help students make voting a lifelong habit
Erica Daniels — secretary of the board and chief of staff who has been with the college for 10 years
Dave DeGeorge’89 — current Beloit athletic director and baseball coach with the most wins in program history; he has been at the college for over 30 years.
Brandon Joly’23 — Beloit Student Government president, majoring in math, education, and youth studies and Spanish language and culture; on the soccer team and track and field
Saumyaa Gupta’24 — international intern in the Office of Admissions, Resident Assistant, former Beloit Student Government vice president, majoring in political science and psychology
Tim McKevett’86 — now in his ninth year as CEO of Beloit Memorial Health System, and 28 years with the system
Regina Dunkin’96 — President of Beloit City Council, chair of the Greater Beloit Economic Development Corporation, past member of the Beloit School Board, and community relations coordinator for Beloit Memorial Health System
Special Advisor to the Committee
Steve Mahle’67, Board of Trustees member and retired executive vice president for healthcare policy, Medtronic, Inc.