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Timeline & Meeting Schedule - VMI Superintendent Search

The Virginia Military Institute began its search for a new superintendent on Oct. 29, 2020 when BOV President Boland appointed Gene Scott '80, member of the VMI Board of Visitors, as chair of the Superintendent Search Committee.

The revised timeline for the search, and meeting schedule is as follows. Any meetings to be livestreamed will be done so directly on this page the day of the meeting. Following the conclusion of the meeting, they will be available through a link. Please note, this page will be updated with any changes to, or confirmation of, the schedule below.

The VMI Board of Visitors will hold a public meeting on Thursday, 15 April 2021 beginning at 10:00 a.m. via video teleconference at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia.  The board will meet for the purpose of notifying the public of their intent to vote on the selection of the next Superintendent of the Institute. The meeting will be streamed live on this page. The Board of Visitors will receive public comments only on matters pertaining to the meeting between 10:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m., 15 April 2021.  Individuals must pre-register and will need to provide the following information via email: name, email, phone number, VMI affiliation, (e.g. cadet, faculty member, employee, alumni, parent, or member of the public), and request for any reasonable accommodations.  The deadline for pre-registration is 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, 14 April 2021.  Please note in the subject line that you are registering to speak during the public comment.  Registration requests should be sent to Lt Col Sean Harrington at harringtonsp@vmi.edu.  You may also call (540) 464-7132 with any questions.Should you have any interruption with the video broadcast of the meeting, please contact the VMI Communications and Marketing office at (540) 464-7207.  Speakers will proceed in the order of pre-registration and should be entered into the meeting at 10:00 a.m. to facilitate meeting operations.  Speakers will be limited to three (3) minutes apiece.  Every effort will be made to accommodate all speakers within the time constraints of the meeting.
Nov. 2020
  • Select Search Committee
  • Select Search Firm
  • Gather input, establish criteria
Nov. 16, 2020 Committee Meeting,  8AM – 12:55PM -
Public Notice | Agenda | Livestream Recording | Minutes
Dec. 1, 2020 Advertisement Posted
Dec. 4-16, 2020  Search Firm Listening Sessions - Search committee members and WK team members hear from VMI stakeholder groups
Dec. 9, 2020 Committee Meeting, 8-10AM -
Public Notice | Agenda | Livestream Recording | Minutes
  • Comments and guidance for committee
  • Timeline proposal
  • Discussion of desired candidate qualifications
  • Questions from committee members
By Dec. 23, 2020 Search Committee Approves Revised Leadership Profile and Advertisement
  • Advertisements placed
WittKieffer Active Recuritment Period - Ongoing through March 5, 2021
February 8, 2021 Search Committee Meeting, 11AM -
Public Notice | Agenda | Livestream Recording
  • Search updates and feedback from the marketplace
  • Preparation for candidate review 
Week of March 8, 2021 Candidate materials posted for committee review
March 22, 2021 Search Committee Meeting, 12:30PM - 
Public Notice | Agenda | Livestream Recording
  • Presentation and selection of candidates for interviews
Week of April 5, 2021 First-round Candidate Interviews (two full days)
Mid-Late April 2021 WittKieffer conducts referencing on finalists
Mid-Late April 2021 Second-round/Campus Interviews with Finalists
  • Finalists meet with the Board of Visitors for consideration
Mid-Late April 2021 Search Committee Meeting (two hours)
  • Preparation of report to Board of Visitors
April 15, 2021 Board of Visitors Meeting, 10AM -
Public Notice - 12 April 2021

The board will meet for the purpose of notifying the public of their intent to vote on the selection of the next Superintendent of the Institute. The meeting will be streamed live on the BOV Upcoming Meetings page.
April 29 – May 1, 2021 Board of Visitors Elects New Superintendent
  • Arrangements negotiated during scheduled spring meeting
Late May 2021 New Superintendent Announced

The Board of Visitors must immediately turn its attention to the search for our new superintendent. In doing so, we will stay focused on our mission of preparing citizen-soldiers from all walks of life. I ask that our alumni remain focused on the positive mission and support the Institute and Board as we secure a future in which the Institute continues to contribute in unique and vital ways to our nation and state.
Mr. John W. Boland, President, VMI Board of Visitors