The Search Committee

One of the most important responsibilities of the Bates Board of Trustees is to recruit, select and appoint the President of Bates, a leader who will guide the college toward our highest aspirations for this great institution.


It is our privilege to serve as trustee co-chairs of the Bates Presidential Search Committee, which has now been fully constituted. The full committee membership is:

Valerie Smith ’75
Co-Chair, Presidential Search Committee and Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee, Bates Board of Trustees

Michael Chu ’80, P’12
Co-Chair, Presidential Search Committee and Member, Bates Board of Trustees

Alison Bernstein P’09
Vice Chair, Bates Board of Trustees

Michael Bonney ’80, P’09, P’12, P’15
Chair, Bates Board of Trustees

Sarah Risley Pearson ’75
Co-Chair of the Advancement Committee, Bates Board of Trustees

Darrell Crate ’89
Co-Chair of the Advancement Committee, Bates Board of Trustees

Steve Fuller ’82, P’13
Chair of the Infrastructure Committee, Bates Board of Trustees

Gene Wiemers
Bates Vice President for Information and Library Services, staff representative

Jacqui Holmes ’13
student representative

Marcus Bruce ’77
Bates Professor of Religious Studies

Matt Coté
Bates Associate Professor of Chemistry and Associate Dean of the Faculty

Emily Kane
Bates Whitehouse Professor of Sociology

John Kelsey
Bates Professor of Psychology

Catharine Stimpson, LL.D. ’90
Bates Trustee Emerita, University Professor at New York University’s Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education and Dean Emerita of the NYU Graduate School of Arts and Science, will serve as an adviser to the committee.


Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates

The Presidential Search Committee has selected Storbeck/ Pimentel & Associates, one of the leading firms in the area of higher education presidential searches, to assist the committee in the execution of its charge.