Presidential Search

Building on Detroit Mercy's Boundless Future

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University of Detroit Mercy has initiated a search for the institution's 26th president. The president is the institutional leader and works in conjunction with the University board of trustees and senior leadership to guide all Detroit Mercy campuses. As the search for our next leader progresses, please check this site for news and updates on the process.

Full Position Description (pdf)

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Position Profile

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Detroit Mercy's presidential search committee is actively engaged in developing a position profile that provides comprehensive details of this unique opportunity and communicates to presidential candidates the importance of building on Detroit Mercy's momentum over the past decade. In addition, this position profile will include information gathered from scoping meetings with Detroit Mercy faculty, staff, students and external community members. The position profile will be available in the near future and we encourage everyone to check this site regularly for updates.

Full Position Description (pdf)

My time at Detroit Mercy has been quite different than what I originally thought it was going to be. The small, tight-knit community that we have here is very important to me."

Danielle Maxwell '19


Estimated Timeline of Presidential Search
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Early September, 2021 green checkbox to show completed task for the month just listed Search Committee Launch and University Community / Scoping Sessions
Late October October task is complete Search Committee Reviews Preliminary Candidate Pool
Early December decorative dot Search Committee Reviews Candidate Pool and Selects Semifinalist Candidates
January, 2022 decorative dot Semifinalist Candidate Interviews
January/February decorative dot Finalist Candidate Interviews

Search Committee

Board of Trustee Members 

Michael J. Brenner, M.B.A. ’67
Executive Vice President
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Judith A. Carey, RSM, Ph.D.
Organizational Consultant/Facilitator

Nancy E. Hazely ’78
Chief Executive Officer
Tax Trilogy, LLC

Michael T. McNamara
Chairman of the Board
Hollingsworth, LLC

Emil J. Brolick ’69, ’72
Presidential Search Committee Chair
Retired President & Chief Executive Officer
The Wendy’s Company

Rev. Joseph G. Mueller, S.J., S.T.D.
DeanJesuit School of Theology, Santa Clara University

Eric J. Stanczak, Jr. ’93
Director, North America Product Development Quality
General Motors Company

Mary M. Fisher, D.D.S. ’81
Owner, Mary Fisher D.D.S

Non-Board Members

Riyad Al-Qawasmi, D.D.S.
Associate Professor of Dentistry and Director of Orthodontics and Graduate Education

Matthew Mio, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair of Chemistry Department

Stephen Wilks, J.D, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Law

Monica Williams
Dean of Students

Kathleen Zimmerman-Oster, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology

Shared Governance and the Presidential Search Process

Additional stakeholders will take part in the confidential interview process for semi-finalist candidates and provide written feedback to the search committee. Faculty participants in the interview process will be elected by their college or school.

Detroit Mercy serves a very wonderful purpose for our community and our society and we need to support that.

Tom Page '71 '76

News and Updates

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  • November 18: An update from Presidential Search Committee Chair Emil Brolick

    Thursday November 18, 2021

    Dear Detroit Mercy Community,

    The search for the next president of University of Detroit Mercy is well underway. Since my last update to the community in September, the presidential position profile has been widely disseminated and announcements were placed in a range of higher education leadership publications and employment outlets. Our search partners at Isaacson, Miller have been in touch with several hundred individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds to develop a pool of qualified potential candidates. Additionally, we have received dozens of recommendations and nominations to consider, including many from members of the Detroit Mercy community.

    In keeping with the timeline published on the presidential search website, the Presidential Search Committee met a few weeks ago to begin the process of reviewing the professional profiles of individuals who have either formally applied for the role or who have expressed potential interest in being considered as candidates for the Detroit Mercy presidency. We will continue the work of recruiting and building the pool of candidates through the month of November. In early December, the Presidential Search Committee will turn its attention to reviewing the full pool of candidates and selecting a small group of semifinalists to advance to the next stage of the search process. In January, semifinalist candidates will be interviewed by the Presidential Search Committee as well as an interview panel composed of elected members of the faculty representing each of the University’s seven colleges and schools.

    The search for the next president of University of Detroit Mercy is advancing according to plan and I am very excited by the progress being made. I look forward to updating with the Detroit Mercy community as the search advances.

    Thank you,

    Emil Brolick
    Chair, Presidential Search Committee

  • September 13: A message from Presidential Search Committee Chair Emil Brolick

    Monday September 13, 2021

    Dear Detroit Mercy Community,

    As Chair of the Search Committee for University of Detroit Mercy’s 26th president, I want to thank those of you who took the time to attend a meeting this week with representatives of Isaacson, Miller, our presidential search consultants. It is important to remain open and listen to all voices as the search to replace President Antoine M. Garibaldi moves forward.

    In our efforts to make this process as transparent as possible, the University has created a web page for information about the search. On, you will find a place to provide input and even nominate a particular candidate. This site will be where announcements will be posted as the search progresses, as well.

    We hope you will find this web page an important resource as we seek the University’s next president.

    Thank you,

    Emil Brolick
    Chair, Presidential Search Committee

  • September 03: A letter from the Presidential Search Committee Chair

    Friday September 03, 2021

    As chairman of the Presidential Search Committee, it is an honor to serve in this role as we seek our 26th President of University Detroit Mercy. It is the goal of our search committee that we work with our search consultants Isaacson, Miller to identify a successor President who will build upon the legacy and momentum established by President Antoine M. Garibaldi during his distinguished tenure as President.

    The Board of Trustees is committed to a comprehensive and thorough search that provides the best outcome for Detroit Mercy to identify an accomplished, innovative and visionary leader who will inspire our University community to a bright and successful future. Our search consultants from Isaacson, Miller will be conducting numerous scoping sessions over the next few weeks, including on campus open forums. I hope many of you will participate in this central part of the search process. Your input is essential as we launch this important effort.

    Our search committee is comprised of individuals with deep ties to the University, who truly value our Jesuit and Mercy institution and the students and community we serve. I thank the search committee members for their commitment to this process and to the University Detroit Mercy. Most importantly, I am grateful to our University community and look forward to hearing from you during this process.

    The Building on Detroit Mercy’s Boundless Future: Presidential Search website contains information for everyone to learn more about the search process as well as areas where individuals can make inquiries and read updates. I want to express a special thanks to our search partners, Isaacson, Miller for their expertise and guidance. As you will read on this website, Isaacson, Miller brings a wealth of experience and knowledge for higher education presidential searches. I am confident that in working with the search committee, Isaacson, Miller and with your input, we will identify an exceptional leader for our University Detroit Mercy.

    Finally, please check in on this website periodically. We will share updates with the university community and other announcements as we progress.

    Best regards,
    Emil J. Brolick ’69, ’72
    Retired President & Chief Executive Officer
    The Wendy’s Company
    Chairperson, Presidential Search Committee


Search Partner: Isaacson, Miller

Isaacson, Miller is a national executive search firm devoted to recruiting exceptional leaders for mission-driven organizations. The firm has grown steadily, and today, Isaacson, Miller stands alone as a large, national, retained search firm dedicated to the full range of public and civic missions. We have active practices in higher education, healthcare, conservation and environment, advocacy, arts and culture, foundations, preK-12 education and education improvement, human services, social justice, and other endeavors that advance the public good.

Many of our clients and past candidates become part of an extended network and share our goal of strengthening civic infrastructure. They see their own missions reflected in the work of the firm and choose to assist us, generously, in our quest for the finest talent in their fields. In 2019 83% of our searches were for returning clients.

We believe that civic organizations are essential to a strong civil society, a vigorous democracy, and to a free market economy. Civic institutions educate us all. They encourage the marketplace of ideas through research, teaching, and advocacy. They inspire innovation, and, through foundations and philanthropy, they arouse the charitable endeavors of private citizens. The civic sector serves as the guardian of our economic and societal strength. We have made its success our business.

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I am blessed to have had the influences of alumni from the University of Detroit as well as the University of Detroit Mercy throughout my life. My grandfather, father, uncles, and now my older brother have all graduated from this University. Each one of them has impacted my life profoundly, and this University has impacted each one of them, making them the men and the leaders they are today. And I have been blessed to learn and grow, and to help serve each other and the community of Detroit.

—  Elizabeth Yager '19