The search is underway to find the next president of Ohio Wesleyan University, succeeding President Rock Jones, who is retiring at the end of the 2022-23 academic year.

Selecting a president is one of the most important responsibilities of the Board of Trustees, and to facilitate this process, the Board of Trustees has appointed a search committee to conduct the search and has engaged executive search firm Academic Search to serve as a strategic partner in the process. 

OWU Community Input

The search committee welcomes and invites input from the OWU community. Academic Search held on-campus listening sessions May 31-June 1 and August 25-26 and also conducted a confidential survey to help inform the search, including the search profile, which outlines the preferred professional experiences, essential values, and personal characteristics of OWU’s next president. 

You are invited to contact our search consultants at with questions.

Nominations and Inquiries

The presidential search committee invites you to suggest people you know who could serve effectively as our next president or who might recommend potential candidates. When nominating, please complete the confidential online nomination form or forward the name(s) and contact information, including email address, to our consultants at Updates regarding the search process will be shared with the campus community via email and posted on this website.

Search Timeline

Following input from the campus community, the search officially launched in September 2022. Confidential interviews will be conducted in November and December, and a recommendation will be made to the OWU Board of Trustees in December. Plans call for a new president to be announced in January and to take office July 1, 2023. See the full timeline.