At a press conference Monday morning, Clyde Willian, chairman of the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's Board of Trustees, introduced the school's 12th president, Dr. John J. "Jack" Midgley. He will take office on July 1, at which time President Samuel Hulbert will be retiring from his 28-year tenure.
Seventeen people made up the presidential search committee, half from the campus and half from the Board of Trustees. Students, faculty, staff and senior staff were represented in the committee. A 10-month nationwide campaign resulted in 60 applicants for the position. The field was narrowed to four finalists, each of whom then visited the campus. Upon the committee's recommendation to hire Midgley, the Board voted unanimously to do so.
Willian, who was also the committee chairman, said the decision was not too difficult. After meeting the four final candidates, it was an "overwhelming consensus that Jack Midgley was the person." Midgley's background was befitting what committee members felt the next leader of Rose-Hulman should have. He added that, in his opinion, Midgley will be able to build on the legacy Hulbert is leaving behind.
Midgley said he will "take the challenge with a great deal of humility," and that he is looking forward to "helping this great facility to the next level."
Hulbert wished him luck and assured him that he had "come to a good place," in reference to both Rose-Hulman and Terre Haute.