DATE: June 1, 2004


Richard Balducci David Panciera

William Detrick Andres Roman

Tim Doran John Sholtis, Jr.

Ricardo Green Fr. John Sullivan

Shawn McQuillan Mertie Terry

Angelo Messina


Lawrence McHugh, Chairman

Karl Krapek Joseph Mengacci

Theresa Eberhard-Asch Ronald Pugliese

John Doyle Gail Williams

RE: Recommendation for the Appointment of a President of Western Connecticut State University

It is with great pleasure that the Search Committee brings forth a recommendation to appoint Dr. James W. Schmotter as the next President of Western Connecticut State University. Attached please find a summary of his credentials and the search process from Chancellor Cibes, the appointing resolution, and Dr. Schmotter’s letter of application and resume. Action on this recommendation will take place at the June 11, 2004 Board meeting which has been scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. in the Student Center on the Midtown Campus at Western.

At the conclusion of the Board meeting, there will be a press conference, followed by a buffet luncheon honoring Dr. Schmotter and his wife to which all trustees are invited.

The recommendation has been shared with the University Advisory Committee and the university community, however, until the Board has formally approved the appointment, we ask that any requests for comments or information from the media be referred to Chairman McHugh or Chancellor Cibes.






I am greatly honored to inform you that the Trustees’ Search Committee is recommending that the Board of Trustees vote to appoint Dr. James W. Schmotter as the next President of Western Connecticut State University.

Dr. Schmotter received a B.A. in History at Muskingum College, and in 1973 earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in History from Northwestern University, where his dissertation focused on colonial ministers in New England. He subsequently did graduate coursework in higher education administration at Columbia University. He began his academic career at SUNY at Binghamton, before moving to the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell, where he was consecutively Assistant and Associate Dean from 1979 through 1992, responsible for admissions, external relations and international programs.

In 1992, Dr. Schmotter was appointed Dean of the College of Business and Economics at Lehigh University, responsible for all aspects of management at the College. Since 1997, he has served as Dean of the Haworth College of Business at Western Michigan University. One of the largest business colleges in the United States, the Haworth College of Business enrolls about 5,600 undergraduate students and about 600 MBA students.

As an historian who has achieved great success as a dean of two business schools, Dr. Schmotter has spent most of his career doing "intellectual cross-pollination," as he has said, "translating insights from the humanities to business education, and vice versa." One of his references refers to him as a "great leader, (who) would bring with him his diverse academic background. He has a great understanding of business and the liberal arts." Others have said that he "is very articulate and is very persuasive," who is "wonderful with faculty." "The students love him," said another. "I’m afraid I may say something that might actually get him hired away from Western Michigan."

Dr. Schmotter is being recommended as the next President of Western after an extensive search process supported by the consulting firm of A. T. Kearney. He was originally one of 115 candidates for the position, all of whose credentials were fully reviewed. 23 were actively considered by the University Advisory Committee and the Trustees’ Search Committee. The Trustees’ Search Committee asked 9 candidates for airport interviews in early April. Of those nine, five were invited to Western for more extensive interviews with campus personnel in May. One candidate withdrew at that stage, and another withdrew after the interviews were completed.

After the candidates met with the Trustees’ Search Committee, the University Advisory Committee, and faculty, staff and students, the University Advisory Committee recommended three finalists to the Trustees’ Search Committee. Your fellow trustees came to the conclusion that of the three, Dr. Schmotter was the most outstanding of the candidates, and a great "fit" for Western.

Dr. Schmotter’s credentials and references have been reviewed, additional interviews with persons who know Dr. Schmotter have been conducted, and other relevant background checks have been performed.

The Trustees’ Search Committee is convinced that Dr. Schmotter will provide outstanding leadership for Western in the coming years, and strongly recommends that the full Board of Trustees vote to approve his appointment.