Presidential Search


Latest Update 2/19/18

LHU Campus Community: 

The Lock Haven University Presidential Search Committee conducted preliminary interviews with various candidates and have selected four individuals for further consideration.  The committee will host candidates on campus February 26-March 2.  

The University will share the name and vita for each candidate on the search website 48 hours prior to their arrival on campus.  Open forums will be scheduled on February 27, February 28, March 1, and March 2 as follows: 

  • 9:00 – 9:55 am – Staff Open Forum in PUB #2
  • 1:00 – 1:55 pm – Student Open Forum in PUB #2
  • 2:00 – 2:55 pm – Faculty/Coaches Open Forum in PUB #2

These open forums will be available to be viewed live and there will be an opportunity to send questions remotely.  For those not able to attend in person or view live, the open forums will be recorded for viewing for 24 hours.   

After on-campus interviews are completed and feedback is received from constituents, the Search Committee will meet to identify two candidates to be recommended to the Council of Trustees.   If approved, the names of the two candidates with the endorsement of the Council of Trustees will be sent to the Board of Governors.    The Board of Governors will interview the candidates and name the 15th president of Lock Haven University in the coming weeks.       

“The Committee has done an outstanding job in reviewing a large and highly competitive pool of candidates and we are excited to continue the process to select Lock Haven University’s next president” stated Guy A. Graham, LHU Trustee and Search Committee Chair.

The search process for Lock Haven University’s 15th president officially has begun with the endorsement from the Chancellor’s office on Wednesday, November 15. The first meeting of the Presidential Search Committee, chaired by trustee Guy Graham, was held Thursday, November 16, to discuss the vacancy.

The position opening comes following the announcement of current president Michael Fiorentino, Jr.’s retirement in March 2018. Fiorentino has led the university since July 1, 2011.

During Fiorentino’s time at LHU, the university has seen numerous improvements and reached significant milestones including being ranked first among PASSHE institutions for performance funding in the 2017-18 cycle. A focus on high-impact learning practices and experiential learning has increased opportunities for students in and out of the classroom. LHU student-athletes continue to excel on and off the field, routinely earning academic and athletic honors. Major renovations to the physical campus also have created an enhanced learning environment for students.

“We are very happy with how Michael has led the university throughout his tenure as president,” Graham said. “We look forward to working with a new leader who will continue to advance the university forward and create opportunities for the Commonwealth’s students far into the future.”

The committee is looking for interested and qualified candidates to fill the vacancy in the hopes of submitting their final candidates to the Board of Governors in April 2018 and having a new president in place by summer 2018.

The university will be working with RPA Inc., located in Williamsport, Pa., one of the leading executive recruitment and consulting firms for higher education institutions and nonprofit organizations. Richard Allen founded RPA Inc. in 1988 with the specific mission of assisting institutions of higher education in recruiting highly qualified senior personnel and in enhancing capacity to raise philanthropic income. For more information, visit


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