Presidential Search

March 31, 2020

Dear Salem Academy and College Faculty and Staff,

I am pleased to let you know that the search for Salem’s new president is underway. As chair of the Board of Trustees and the Presidential Search Committee, I am honored to serve with a group of extremely talented individuals who bring a deep understanding of the institution along with diverse experience to this process. Our first (virtual) meeting will be today, March 31.

Joining me as members of the Committee are:


Ms. Mimi Aledo-Sandoval C’01, Policy Director, Alliance for Early Success, Washington, DC
Dr. Sarah Berga, Incoming Chair and Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Buffalo,  Buffalo, NY
Dr. Patrice Davis C’89, Vice President for Student Services, Trident Technical College, Charleston, SC
Ms. Terrie Davis A’63, C’67, Attorney (retired) and community volunteer, Winston-Salem, NC
Ms. Lossie Freeman C’97, Director of Corporate Partnerships, Zip Code Wilmington, Wilmington, DE
Rev. David Guthrie, President, Moravian Provincial Elders Conference (Southern), Winston-Salem, NC
Ms. Katherine Holland-Ortiz C’00, Executive Director, Perkins International, Perkins School for the Blind, Watertown, MA
Ms. Robin Howell A’79, Paralegal, Wells Fargo, Charlotte, NC


Ms. Michelle Hopkins Lawrence, Faculty Member, Department of History, Salem Academy
Dr. Tina Flowers, Chair and Assistant Professor, Department of Business and Economics, Salem College
Dr. Sheryl Long, Director and Associate Professor, Teacher Education and Graduate Studies in Education, Salem College
Dr. Traci Porter, Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Salem College


Ms. Kathy M. Barnes C’81, Vice President of Institutional Advancement
Mr. Kenneth Buchanan, Vice President for Finance and Administration, CFO
Dr. Shawn Ricks, Assistant Vice President for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Ms. Emily Young, Salem’s Director of Human Resources and Benefits, is the staff member who will support our Committee.


Amira Rady (A’20) from Lawrenceville, New Jersey, Sisters Scholar, Honor Cabinet President

Alexus Effler (C’20) from Marion, North Carolina, Studying Communications and Sociology, SGA President

At our first meeting, we will discuss the timeline and structure of our search process, including how we will seek input from the Salem community, as well as our initial thoughts on the qualifications of the leader we will seek.

I will report to the community periodically on the search process. Be assured that our Committee will be diligent in our efforts to recruit the best person—energetic, appreciative of our heritage, and enthusiastic about our future—to lead Salem at this important time in the institution’s history.


McDara P. Folan signature

McDara P. Folan, III
Board of Trustees