President Harder announces retirement plans
At the June 2017 meeting of the Bluffton University Board of Trustees, board chair
Kent Yoder announced that Dr. James M. Harder, Bluffton’s ninth president, has shared
plans to retire on June 30, 2018, after serving in the role of president for 12 years.
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Search committee chair
The board appointed incoming vice chair of the board, Cheryl Hacker, a 1981 Bluffton alumna who serves on the fiscal affairs committee and the Simply Innovate campaign committee, to chair the search committee. Search committee members, comprised of Bluffton trustees, faculty and staff, alumni, students, representatives of the Mennonite Education Agency, Bluffton’s constituent Mennonite church conferences and the local community, will be appointed by the board's executive committee, with the goal of achieving a presidential transition during the summer of 2018. (6/13/2017)
Executive search firm request for proposals
Requests for proposals were sent to qualified executive search firms to assist the
Board of Trustees in the recruitment and hiring of the 10th Bluffton University president.