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Office of the President

May 3, 2021

The search for our next President

To the La Salle University community:

As the Board began to plan for this leadership transition over the past two months, it prioritized strong, stable leadership to continue the forward momentum the University has achieved under Dr. Hanycz. The Board also recognized that a presidential search process requires a length of time and thoroughness— for necessary stakeholder and community engagement—that we did not want to compromise.

Based on this, the Board decided that the appointment of an Interim President now would allow the process of a presidential search to properly unfold over the coming months. A small working group of the Board of Trustees, in consultation with the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate, explored multiple pathways toward an interim appointment.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I am pleased to announce that Executive Vice President Tim O’Shaughnessy, ’85, has agreed to assume the responsibilities of Interim President of La Salle University, effective June 1. I have asked Tim to start in this role ahead of Dr. Hanycz’s formal departure, allowing her the time to relocate and to enjoy deserved downtime before she begins her new role on July 1. Dr. Hanycz has expressed her willingness to assist Tim as he takes up his new role, a gesture for which the Board is appreciative.

Tim will not be a candidate for the permanent position, and he will serve in this leadership capacity through the completion of the presidential search process. Ensuring a direct tie between our interim leadership structure and the Lasallian mission was of critical importance. For this reason, Brother James Gaffney, FSC, the former President of Lewis University in Romeoville, Ill., and a former La Salle Trustee with 30 years of service to our University, has agreed to serve as Senior Advisor to the Interim President.

A number of priorities were identified during our process of appointing an interim president. We sought a candidate with senior administrative experience, a deep knowledge of Catholic education in Philadelphia, an understanding of our university, and a firm commitment to the Lasallian mission—all of which Tim brings to this role.

An alumnus of La Salle’s School of Business, Tim joined the University’s Executive Cabinet in January 2021, bringing with him more than 30 years of executive experience across the private and non-profit sectors. In his short time at La Salle, Tim has worked closely with Dr. Hanycz and the members of her executive leadership team to move important University projects and initiatives forward.

The Board has great confidence in Tim and his focused leadership and commitment to La Salle University. He has demonstrated an abiding passion for this institution and we are grateful to him for accepting the role of Interim President at this critical juncture in La Salle’s history.

The search for La Salle’s next President
With the appointment of the Interim President now completed, we fully turn our attention to the presidential search. To that end, the Board has appointed AmyLynn Flood, ’95, as the Chair of the Presidential Search Committee with Board Vice-Chair, Meg Kane, ’03, and Faculty Senate President Swee-Lim Chia, Ph.D., associate professor of marketing, serving as Vice Chairs. Their work together in leading this effort begins immediately.

The search process will include opportunities for our entire La Salle community to participate as we embark on a national search for the University’s 30th President. This Committee will be composed of faculty, staff, students, Christian Brothers, Trustees, and alumni to ensure broad representation of our community. Nominations for the University Presidential Search Committee are open today and will continue through May 17.

Once the full committee is seated, it will meet to review the process as developed collaboratively by our Committee leadership. We expect that a search firm partnership will be established by July 1 and listening sessions with the La Salle community will commence upon our return to campus for the Fall 2021 semester. Our goal is to announce a new President in early 2022. Regular updates, including the announcement of the full Presidential Search Committee, will begin in June.

Sincerely,

William W. Matthews, III, Esq., ’90
Chair, Board of Trustees
La Salle University