The Search for Berea College’s Tenth President

Fall Aerial of Campus

Following President Lyle Roelofs’ retirement announcement during the Fall 2021 semester, Berea College has begun the search for our 10th president.

Selecting a president is one of the most important responsibilities of the Board of Trustees, and attracting a highly qualified and talented pool of candidates for the position is of utmost importance. The Board of Trustees has appointed a search committee (see below) to conduct the search and engaged an executive search firm, Academic Search, to partner and assist in the process.

Updates regarding the search process will be shared with the campus community via email and posted on this website.

Search Committee Members

Berea College has appointed a search committee made up of trustees, faculty, staff, alumni, and students led by Berea College trustees Charlotte Beason and David Shelton. The committee is dedicated to upholding Berea College’s mission by finding a president who embodies the characteristics and skills needed to uphold our community’s Great Commitments.

  • Charlotte Beason ’70, Member of the Board of Trustees
    Co-chair, Presidential Search Committee
  • David Shelton ’69, Member of the Board of Trustees
    Co-chair, Presidential Search Committee
  • Vicki Allums ’79, Member of the Board of Trustees
  • Kennaria Brown, Faculty Member
    Associate Professor of Communication, Chair of the Communication Department
  • Ruramai Chivasa ’24, Student
  • David Chow, Vice Chair, Board of Trustees
  • Samantha Earp ’86, Member of the Board of Trustees
  • Megan Hoffman, Faculty Member
    Professor of Biology, Biology Department
  • Cameron Holbrook ’24, Student
  • Mario Nakazawa, Faculty Member
    Associate Professor of Computer Science, Computer Science Department
  • Miriam (Mim) Pride, Fd ’66, Member of the Board of Trustees
  • Joe Saleem ’08, Staff Member
    Women’s Soccer Coach
  • Teri Thompson, Staff Member
    Vice President for Strategic Initiatives
  • Emmanuel Tuffuor ’88, Member of the Board of Trustees
  • Stephanie B. Zeigler, Chair, Board of Trustees

Anticipated Timeline

October 2021
President Roelofs announces plans to retire effective June 30, 2023; Search firm and Search Committee are introduced
March 2022
Search Committee invites input from the Berea College community to develop leadership profile for the next President
June 2022
Search is officially launched
Fall 2022
Search Committee conducts candidate interviews
Fall/Winter 2022
Board of Trustees Elects New President
July 2023
10th President of Berea College takes office
Two students conversing on campus
Photo: Nay Kaw ’23

For nominations, inquiries or interest in the search, email

For questions about the search process, email For media inquiries, contact Jodi Whitaker.

Berea College’s Great Commitments

The eight Great Commitments of Berea College are more than a mission statement. Together, they make up the moral framework that informs every action we take toward serving our students, our community, and the world beyond.

To provide an educational opportunity for students of all races, primarily from Appalachia, who have great promise and limited economic resources.

To offer a high-quality liberal arts education that engages students as they pursue their personal, academic, and professional goals.

To stimulate understanding of the Christian faith and its many expressions and to emphasize the Christian ethic and the motive of service to others.

To promote learning and serving in the community through the student Labor Program, honoring the dignity and utility of all work, mental and manual, and taking pride in work well done.

To assert the kinship of all people and to provide interracial education with a particular emphasis on understanding and equality among Blacks and whites as a foundation for building community among all peoples of the earth.

To create a democratic community dedicated to education and gender equality.

To maintain a residential campus and to encourage in all community members a way of life characterized by mindful and sustainable living, health and wellness, zest for learning, high personal standards, and a concern for the welfare of others.

To engage Appalachian communities, families, and students in partnership for mutual learning, growth, and service.