Presidential Search




The Search for the 8th President of Stillman College

In September, Stillman College announced that Dr. Cynthia Warrick, the first woman to serve as president of Stillman, would retire at the conclusion of her contract in June 2023.

Stillman’s presidential search committee is tasked with finalizing a position description, which will define the skills and traits the next president needs to be successful. The committee will collaborate with the search firm to engage college stakeholders, develop the search timeline, distribute the position announcement, review applications, conduct initial interviews, and present finalists to the Board of Trustees for consideration.

The presidential search committee will begin accepting candidate applications and nominations soon, and the Board of Trustees expects to make its final decision on the next president by June 2023.

Stillman College is committed to its policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation.

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Search Committee

In November 2021, the Stillman College Board of Trustees formed its 13-member presidential search committee, chaired by trustee, retired Lt. Gen. Willie Williams, Marine Corps. The search committee is comprised of various representatives from numerous Stillman constituencies and includes the following members:

  • Chairman Lt. Gen. (Ret) Willie WilliamsTrustee/Alum
  • Co-Chairman Dr James AndersonTrustee/Alum
  • Mr. Arick Evans, Jr. – Student
  • Ms. Shanterica Blake Alum
  • Ms. Michele ColeyAlum
  • Dr. Sonya HutchinsonFaculty
  • Mr. Mark McKinley – Trustee
  • Dr. Samory Pruitt – Trustee
  • Mr. J. R. RichardsonAlum
  • Ms. Theresa Spralling – Vice Chair, Board of Trustees
  • Ms. Leslie Turner – Trustee
  • Mrs. Corrine Williams Alum
  • Ms. Jaela WilliamsStudent

Search Firm

Stillman College will be assisted in the presidential search by the executive recruiting firm Greenwood Asher & Associates, LLC (G/A&A).

For nearly 20 years, Greenwood Asher & Associates has leveraged evidence-based best practices and experiences to design customized searches for institutions. The firm provides concierge-level service and support to its clients to identify and recruit high-quality, diverse, executive talent.

There will be several opportunities for the broader Stillman community to participate in the search process, including listening sessions with G/A&A as they solicit input on the characteristics of the next Stillman president.

News and Updates

Campus/Community Listening Sessions

A vital component of the search process is ensuring we hear from all facets of the Stillman community as we strive to determine the unique qualities, experiences and characteristics the next Stillman President should possess.

We invite Stillman constituents and stakeholders to participate in this information-gathering process coordinated by Marion Frenche, search manager and the practice leader for diversity, equity and inclusion for Greenwood/Asher & Associates, the executive search firm facilitating the Presidential Search process.

Information Sessions Schedule

These are just the initial meetings, but there will be several other open session opportunities and focus groups with specific constituent groups like student leadership and external stakeholders. Community announcements will be made in advance of these meetings via social media, but please check this page for updates and information as the search process unfolds.

Session/Audience Date/Time Session Details Virtual Link
Community Leaders
January 23, 2023
1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Open (In person & virtual)
2222 9th St, Tuscaloosa, AL
Zoom Link to be provided
GA&A Training Session
January 23, 2023
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Tuscaloosa City Leadership
January 24, 2023
8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.
January 24, 2023
9:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Office Call w/Stillman’s President
President’s cabinet
January 24, 2023
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Open (In-person & virtual)
Location & Zoom info TBD
Staff Leadership
January 24, 2023
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location TBD
Faculty & Staff
January 24, 2023
4 p.m.
Wynn Humanities Center
Room 142
January 24, 2023
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Location TBD
Students & Alumni
January 24, 2023
3 p.m.
Wynn Humanities Center
Room 142
Board of Trustees & Search Committee
- GA&A Listening Session
January 24, 2023
6 p.m. – 7 p.m.


Greenwood Asher and Associates is eager to receive feedback from all Stillman College stakeholders on the qualities, characteristics, experiences, knowledge, and skills your next President should exhibit. This survey is CONFIDENTIAL, and all raw data will go directly to Greenwood Asher to be disaggregated and summarized for the search committee and Board of Trustees.