December 5, 2014

Presidential Search Update

Dear Members of the La Salle University Community,

I am writing to provide another update on the search for the new President of La Salle University. As you may recall, in early November, the Presidential Search Committee met and selected a number of candidates who would be invited to participate in confidential preliminary interviews with the committee. These candidates were selected to meet with the committee on the basis of their experience, the quality of the written material they presented, and their preliminary interviews with our search consultant.

The search committee has spent considerable time interviewing these candidates in the last month. We are very pleased to report that the committee has found the depth and breadth of the candidates’ backgrounds and leadership abilities to be quite impressive, and we are confident that this Presidential Search will yield a dynamic leader for La Salle.

The committee will continue its dialogue with these candidates, while extensive credential-and reference-checking takes place during the next few weeks.

We thank you for your continued support and enthusiasm. We will continue to keep you apprised of our progress and will have an additional update for you in early 2015. If you have any questions, please direct them to


William R. Sautter, ’71
Chair, Board of Trustees
Chair, Presidential Search Committee

November 4, 2014

Presidential Search Update

November 4, 2014

Dear Member, La Salle Community,

I am writing to provide another update on the search for the new La Salle President. Our most recent meeting of the Presidential Search Committee was held on Friday, Oct. 24. Candidates have been identified and will be brought in for initial interviews on Friday, Nov. 7.

The candidates were chosen from a pool of accomplished individuals, many of whose backgrounds and experiences seemed especially consistent with the qualifications established for this position. The committee is very excited to begin the interviews and formally launch this phase of the search process.

I will provide additional updates as the process unfolds, and ask that everyone please respect the confidential nature of the search.

I thank you for your continued interest and support. As always, if you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact the Search Committee at

For your convenience, the Presidential job description can be accessed here. It is also available on the Presidential Search portion of the La Salle Web site.


William R. Sautter, ’71
Chair, Board of Trustees
Chair, Presidential Search Committee 

October 14, 2014

Presidential Search Update

Dear Members of the La Salle Community,

We are pleased to report that our Presidential Search continues to progress in a satisfactory manner and that we have begun to identify several attractive candidates for consideration.

Last week, we held another thought-provoking Search Committee meeting. During the meeting, our consultant, Andrew Wheeler, shared the important information he learned from the recent open campus meetings. The purpose of those meetings was to solicit input from faculty, staff, and students about the attributes they would like to see in La Salle’s next President. We thank everyone who came out to the meetings for their participation; your input was incredibly valuable. In the coming weeks, Andrew also plans to meet with alumni and with a larger representation of students to get their perspectives. In addition, the Search Committee focused time on the further refinement of the Presidential job description.

The Search Committee has begun to receive input from the La Salle community via the e-mail address. Your input will inform the committee as we move forward in this process, so we encourage you to continue to provide your feedback.

The next meeting of the Presidential Search Committee will take place later this month, and we will provide you with additional updates on our progress at that time.

We thank you for your continued support and engagement.


William R. Sautter, ’71
Chair, Board of Trustees
Chair, Presidential Search Committee



September 23, 2014

Presidential Search Update

Dear Members of the La Salle University Community,

We thought you would appreciate knowing that a series of engaging campus meetings took place Sept. 18 and 19 between Presidential Search Consultant Andrew Wheeler and La Salle faculty, staff, and students. The purpose of these meetings was to discuss the future leadership needs and priorities of the University and the key opportunities and challenges facing our next president.

Just as we asked for input from faculty, staff, and students about the set of attributes that our next president must possess, we are looking for that same feedback from the rest of the La Salle Community. I strongly encourage you to provide your opinions via a specially-created email Your feedback will inform our recruitment process moving forward.

We also wanted to inform you that the first meeting of the Presidential Search Committee took place on Sept. 12. There was great energy and enthusiasm among the committee members and the meeting was very productive. The Committee plans to set an aggressive schedule to keep the search process moving forward. Its next meeting is set for later this month.

The first of a series of Presidential Search advertisements were posted in the Sept. 16 online publication of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, as well as within the current electronic and Sept. 19 print edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education. An online ad is currently running in The Chronicle of Philanthropy and a print version will run in its Oct. 9 edition. In addition to our recruitment efforts, we expect that the ad placements will attract the attention of potential candidates. The advertisement can be viewed at

Throughout the next several months, the Search Committee will be putting out a series of email communications and postings to the La Salle Presidential Search Web Site to keep you apprised of developments in the search process. I ask that you express your views, submit recommendations for potential candidates, and ask questions by emailing us at We are very interested in hearing what you have to say.


William R. Sautter, ’71
Chair, Board of Trustees
Chair, Presidential Search Committee


August 22, 2014

Presidential Search

Dear Member of the La Salle Community,

This is an exciting and pivotal time in the University’s history. I am confident that we will have a very successful and productive year, and that the culmination of this year will be the appointment of a new, talented, and committed President. As we begin a new academic year, I want to take this opportunity to update you on the progress that has taken place on the Presidential Search this summer.

Recently, I appointed a Presidential Search Committee to help move this important process forward. The Committee includes many talented individuals with diverse perspectives, with representation from students, faculty, alumni, trustees, and the Brothers of the Christian Schools. I am very appreciative of their commitment of time and energy to this significant initiative.

The first meeting of the Search Committee will take place within the next few weeks. Its members are:

William R. Sautter, CPA, ‘71
Chair, La Salle University Board of Trustees
Chair, Presidential Search Committee
President and CEO, Elliott-Lewis Corp.

James P. Gallagher, Ph.D.
Interim President, La Salle University

Elizabeth Harper Briglia, CPA, CAP,’80
President, La Salle University Alumni Association
Vice President of Donor Services and Grantmaking
Chester County Community Foundation

Swee-Lim Chia, Ph.D.
Co-Chair and Associate Professor, Marketing Department, La Salle University

John M. Daly, M.D., ’69
Member, La Salle University Board of Trustees
Donohoo Professor of Surgery, Temple University School of Medicine, Temple University Hospital, and Fox Chase Cancer Center

Zupenda M. Davis, Dr.PH., MPH, MCHES
Assistant Professor and Director, Bachelor of Science of Public Health Program, La Salle University

Edward J. Fierko, ’63
Member, La Salle University Board of Trustees
President, EJF Associates

Brian A. Goldstein, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Nursing and Health Sciences, La Salle University

Holly Harner, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Chair, Department of Urban Public Health and Nutrition, La Salle University

Brother Dennis Malloy, F.S.C., ’74, M.A. ’83
Member, La Salle University Board of Trustees
Visitor, Brothers of the Christian Schools District of Eastern North America

Dennis S. Marlo, CPA, ’64
Member, La Salle University Council of President’s Associates
Managing Director, Sanctuary Group, Ltd.

Margaret McGuinness, Ph.D.
Vice President for Mission, La Salle University

Lane Neubauer, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Students, Counseling and Health Services, La Salle University

Elizabeth A. Paulin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Economics and International Studies, NCAA representative
La Salle University

Marci Bossow Schankweiler, ’90
Member, La Salle University Council of President’s Associates
President, For Pete’s Sake Cancer Respite Foundation

Ashley Torres
Student, President, Students’ Government Association, La Salle University

William Weaver, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Integrated Science, Business, and Technology Department, La Salle University

Brother Joseph Willard, F.S.C., ’64
Executive Assistant to the President, La Salle University

In addition, numerous nationally recognized search firms with experience in higher education presidential searches were interviewed. Following a highly competitive process, Andrew C. Wheeler, the Managing Director and Practice Leader of the Education and Not-for-Profit Practice at Diversified Search in Philadelphia, was selected to assist us. He and his firm have extensive experience working with colleges and universities.

Moving forward, our next step will be to update the Presidential Search Profile document we created last year. In order for the Search Committee to update this profile, Andrew will begin to collect from La Salle constituencies the attributes that they believe the next President will need to possess to advance the University. Andrew will be visiting the University in September to conduct this study. All members of the La Salle community will have the opportunity to participate in this process. In the coming weeks, we will provide you with more information regarding how you can provide your input.

This is the first of regular messages you will receive from me as the search process moves forward. This site will serve as a repository for all public information related to La Salle University’s Presidential Search. The site also has an e-mail link,, for sharing your thoughts and questions directly with the Search Committee.

I thank you in advance for your support as we move through this very important process.


William R. Sautter, ’71
Chair, Board of Trustees
Chair, Presidential Search Committee

May 6, 2014

La Salle University Names
James P. Gallagher Interim President

gallagher-web-smallPhiladelphia, PA —– La Salle University, established through the legacy of St. John Baptist de La Salle, patron saint of teachers, and known for its academic excellence, practical teaching, and devotion to students, today announced the appointment of James P. Gallagher, Ph.D., as Interim President. Today’s appointment was announced by William R. Sautter, ’71, Chair of La Salle’s Board of Trustees.

“Dr. Gallagher is an extremely respected, seasoned president and accomplished academic leader who is ideally suited to maximize La Salle’s potential during this interim period,” Sautter said. “In addition to his other duties as Interim President, I have also asked him to play a major role in the search for the next President of La Salle University and to participate in the further development of the University’s strategic plan.”

Gallagher will succeed Brother Michael J. McGinniss, F.S.C., Ph.D., ’70, who, in May 2013, announced his intention to step down at the end of his term on May 31, 2014, after 15 years as President.

“I look forward to providing the best leadership possible to the La Salle community and to participating in the life of the University,” Gallagher said. “In addition, I look forward to supporting the University as it takes steps into the future and to assisting the Board of Trustees in the search for the next President of this fine institution.”

Gallagher is widely known nationally and regionally for his educational administration and leadership. Among his many notable accomplishments, Gallagher served as President of Philadelphia University for 23 years. During his tenure, he successfully guided the school through a major transformation from Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science to Philadelphia University. He more than quadrupled the University’s applications for admission, expanded its academic offerings, constructed state-of-the-art facilities, significantly increased its endowment, and raised its national and international profile as a quality institution of higher learning. Under Gallagher’s leadership, the University grew to include six schools offering more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. By the time Gallagher left Philadelphia University in 2007, more than half of all students enrolled in the school were majoring in programs that had not existed 15 years earlier.

During his career, Gallagher played a key role in the state’s educational system, holding a number of high-level appointments. He is a former Chair of the Pennsylvania Board of Education, a position he held for nearly a decade, and a former Commissioner of Higher Education for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He also served as a member of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission for several years and is a former Trustee of The American University of Rome.

Gallagher served as Interim President of Arcadia University in 2011.

He was President of Mount Aloysius College in Cresson, Pa., from 1977 to 1981, where he was the first lay leader in the school’s history. Previously, he served in senior administrative roles at The American College in Bryn Mawr, Pa., St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, and Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Gallagher is a widely respected leader, having served as a critical member of numerous civic and educational organizations, including the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and the Association of Independent College and University Presidents of Pennsylvania (AICUP). Gallagher has served as a member of the Connelly Foundation Board of Directors since 2007.

Gallagher holds a Ph.D. in higher education from The Catholic University of America. He completed post-doctoral studies at Yale University’s School of Management and the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University. He earned a Bachelor of Science from St. Francis College in Pennsylvania and a Master of Education from Duquesne University.

La Salle University was established in 1863 through the legacy of St. John Baptist de La Salle and the Christian Brothers teaching order, which St. La Salle founded in 1680. La Salle is an educational community shaped by traditional Catholic and Lasallian values. The University is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 30 schools in the North Region and among the top 10 Catholic schools in the region.

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