Next Gen Penn State

Engaging the University community in the search for Penn State’s 19th president.

Following Penn State President Eric J. Barron’s announcement that he will retire in June 2022 at the conclusion of his current contract, the Penn State Board of Trustees engaged the University community in spring 2021 in a phased approach to help select a world-class leader as Penn State’s 19th president.

The University community participated in Next Gen Penn State to provide valuable input to help inform the selection of Penn State’s next president, through a listening process that gave participants an opportunity to express thoughts and recommendations for the search for the University’s next leader. A report summarizing Penn State community members’ feedback as part of the Next Gen Penn State listening process is now available.

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As a critical component of the overall presidential search, the Next Gen Penn State process engaged the broad University community and key stakeholders in providing valuable feedback — through a survey, small-group stakeholder meetings, and feedback form — to identify the desired qualities and qualifications for our next president.

As part of the overall presidential search process led by the Board of Trustees’ Presidential Recruitment and Selection Committee, the Next Gen Penn State Advisory Group guided community involvement and listening opportunities. The advisory group is comprised of a broad cross-section of students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, trustees and other stakeholders from across the University.

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The Board of Trustees is undertaking a phased approach to hire a world-class leader as the University’s 19th president when President Eric Barron will retire at the conclusion of his current contract. The search process will be led by the Board of Trustees’ Presidential Recruitment and Selection Committee. As a critical element in this phased approach, the Next Gen Penn State listening process engaged and solicited input from key stakeholders, including faculty, staff and students, on the qualities needed in a future leader. The search will launch following the listening phase.

The University community was invited to participate in Next Gen Penn State to provide valuable input to help inform the selection of Penn State’s next president through a process that gave participants an opportunity to express thoughts and recommendations for the University’s next leader. Students, faculty, staff and key stakeholders provided feedback through avenues such as a University-wide survey and feedback form. Additional small-group conversations took place with members from University groups such as Faculty Senate, Student Leaders Roundtable, Staff Advisory Council and more.

The Next Gen Penn State Advisory Group is comprised of a broad cross-section of students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, trustees and other stakeholder representatives from across the University. The members of the advisory group were chosen by the Board of Trustees as part of its role to select and appoint presidents for the institution.

The Next Gen Penn State Advisory Group considered the input received from community members throughout this process and submitted a report to the Presidential Recruitment and Selection Committee, which will help inform their selection of the next president. The report has been shared with the Penn State community.

The Board of Trustees is undertaking a phased approach to hire the University’s 19th president. The process began this spring with the start of the Next Gen Penn State process to hear from and gather input and recommendations from community members. The listening phase will inform the Recruitment and Selection Committee’s search, which will begin in the early summer 2021. 

"We are a large and complex University, and it’s important that our selection process is informed by the entirety of our Penn State family. Together, their voices will be a critical part of the overall process."

— Board of Trustees Chair Matt Schuyler