The Presidential Search Committee includes representation from a variety of constituents including students, faculty, staff, alumni, the administration, and, of course, the Board of Directors.

Search Committee Chair

Michael J. Merriman ’78
Member of the Board for 17 years; Chair of the Board since 2016; Chair of Executive Committee and Ex Officio Member of all Committees; member of the 2004 Presidential Search Committee. Operations Advisor, Resilience Capital Partners; former CEO of Lamson & Session; former CFO of American Greetings Corporation; and former President and CEO of Royal Appliance/Dirt Devil.

Board of Directors

William P. Donnelly ’83
Member of the Board for 6 years; Chair of the Advancement Committee since 2012; Executive Committee and Student Affairs Committee member. Executive Vice President, Mettler Toledo.

Evelyn Jenkins Gunn, PhD ’72G 
Member of the Board for 11 years; Student Affairs Committee member. Carnegie Scholar and Fellow (NBCT), and National Academy for the Advancement and Teaching of Learning.

Teresa (Kluesener) Lewandowski ’78
Member of the Board for 4 years; Chair of the Mission and Identity Committee since 2015; Executive Committee and Human Resources Committee member; former President of the JCU Alumni Association. Director of Journal Production and Manufacturing Services, American Chemical Society.

David M. O’Brien ’72
Member of the Board for 4 years; Chair of the Human Resources Committee since 2015; Executive Committee, Audit Committee, Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee, and Student Affairs Committee member. Retired Executive Vice, Highmark, Inc.

David W. Short ’81
Member of the Board for 18 years; Chair of the Board for 6 years; Executive Committee, Academic Affairs Committee, Advancement Committee, Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee member; University Committee on Collaborative Governance. Retired Chairman and Co-CEO, The American Funds Group.

Jesuit Community

Rev. Martin Connell, S.J. PhD
Rector, Jesuit Community of John Carroll University; and Associate Professor of Education

University Faculty

Barbara K. D’Ambrosia, PhD
Faculty Council Chair; and Professor, Mathematics and Computer Science

Ed P. Hahnenberg, PhD
Jack and Mary Jane Breen Chair in Catholic Systematic Theology

University Staff

Lisa Brown Cornelius
Director of Residence Life

University Student

Zachary C. Thomas ’18
English and Creative Writing Major; and Newman Civic Fellow for 2017

University Senior Leadership

Doreen Knapp Riley
Vice President for University Advancement

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