Presidential Search

Hollins University campus

The search for Hollins University’s 13th president is currently under way.

Linda Koch Lorimer ’74 and Debbie Meade, members of the Hollins Board of Trustees, are serving as co-chairs of the presidential search committee. Lorimer has a distinguished record in academia that includes the presidency of Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and the position of vice president for global and strategic affairs at Yale University. She guided Hollins’ past two presidential searches. Meade enjoyed a stellar career as president and publisher of The Roanoke Times. She was also appointed to the Roanoke Higher Education Authority Board of Trustees and served two terms, including one as vice chair.

Lorimer and Meade are joined on the presidential search committee by fellow trustees as well as representatives from university faculty and administration and the Student Government Association.

Isaacson, Miller, one of the country’s most prestigious search firms, has been retained to assist the search committee. Hollins worked closely with Isaacson, Miller during the university’s previous presidential search. Higher education is their largest and most comprehensive practice, and they have a strong track record of recruiting at women’s colleges.

In addition, Nancy Oliver Gray, who is serving as Hollins’ interim president during the 2019-20 academic year, is playing an important role advising in the search process. The search committee is drawing upon the experience and insight from her 12-year tenure as the university’s 11th president, invaluable assets as Hollins identifies the right individual to strengthen and advance the institution.

Hollins welcomes suggestions for candidates for the presidency at Recommendations for the experiences and attributes Hollins should look for in its next president can be shared with the presidential search committee via a confidential mailbox at

Presidential Search Committee Members 

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