On behalf of the Board of Trustees, welcome to Adler University!
It is a great honor to serve Adler as board chair. I’ve had the pleasure of being a trustee since 2014 and have had the opportunity to participate in the University’s growth, support communities through service and partnerships, and most importantly, see hundreds of students graduate as socially responsible practitioners who are prepared to create meaningful change advancing social justice.
As the University embarks on a new strategic plan, the opportunities at Adler continue to grow. Developed with campus stakeholders, the plan will guide the University through the next three years as a road map for how we will continue to serve our students and address societal challenges. We are excited about what lies ahead and how our social justice mission will continue to be strengthened across everything we do.
As Trustees, we are stewards and ambassadors for the University, and we are honored to steward our Adlerian legacy and mission.
In carrying out its responsibilities, the Board of Trustees for Adler University has the following role:
These working groups are established by the Board and open to all Trustees — they may also include employees and other individuals who do not serve on the Board.
Currently, the Board of Trustees has five standing committees.
This committee assists the Board in monitoring and assessing the University’s academic programs. To this end, the committee:
This committee develops and maintains the strategy to assure the Board has qualified Trustees, committed leadership, and excellent governance practices. To this end, the committee:
This committee assists the Board in oversight of the financial health of the University and the integrity of its financial processes. To this end, the committee:
This committee assists the Board in discharging the its responsibilities relating to compensation of the University’s President and to review and make recommendations to the Board regarding the University’s Compensation Philosophy. The Committee shall consist of members of the Board, each of whom is free of conflict of interest. To this end, the committee:
This committee assists the Board in securing funding from individuals, corporations, and foundations. To this end, the committee:
This committee amplifies the ongoing importance of this work to internal and external stakeholders; to care for and guide the coming years of challenging work in this area; to ensure accountability for the Board and administration; and to establish a new governance and communication channel for the Board.
In the spring of 2023, President Crossman announced his plans to step down at the end of August 2024, following 21 years of service. The Board of Trustees selected executive search firm Russell Reynolds Associates to support our hiring efforts for the next president of Adler University through an international search. Russell Reynolds, with offices in Chicago and across the globe, has extensive reach and a track record of success in higher education.
The Presidential Search Committee has gathered a great deal of input from the Adler community regarding the qualities and characteristics they would like to see in the next president. Stakeholder sessions and surveys have helped inform the position specification for this search, reflecting our collective vision of the University’s future.
A search committee, chaired by Board Vice Chair Nicola Idehen, will shepherd the search process, with support from Russell Reynolds. The Board of Trustees has selected a diverse and passionate group of individuals with representation from trustees, faculty, staff, and students, including:
We welcome recommendations for potential candidates who embody the values of Adler University. If you know someone who possesses the qualities described in the position specification, please contact [email protected] with your suggestions.
Every year, the Adler community is invited to nominate individuals for an opportunity to serve on the University’s Board of Trustees. Current Trustees identify selection criteria for the recruitment process annually, and the Board Trustee and Governance Committee reviews prospects, contacts selected candidates, and presents recommended candidates for approval by the full Board. This process ensures trustee positions are filled with the most-needed members and avoid awkwardness if a person is approached but not ultimately invited to join.
Nominations can also be submitted throughout the year by emailing the Office of the President.
Raymond offers insight on the ups and downs of working in a rural community, his work with LGBTQ+ advocacy, providing support for students from immigrant and refugee families, and how his time at Adler University prepared him for this line of social justice work.
“I know I’ll be ready to achieve my goals after my time here at Adler,” Abby Bautista said. “And I can be honest today; I would not be at Adler if I didn’t get that scholarship.”
Pamela Kaye Tuazon, a second-year international student, received the $10,000 scholarship on International Women’s Day — March 8 — during the inaugural Joy MacPhail Women’s Leadership Showcase, which seeks to support and promote the next generation of women leaders.