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The search for the ninth president of Augustana College

The search is underway to find the next president of Augustana College to replace President Steven C. Bahls, who announced his retirement on Jan. 25, 2021, after 18 years of service.

The expected transition day is July 1, 2022.

Starting in February 2021, a committee of trustees, faculty members, administrators and a student will work with an executive search firm, Academic Search, to conduct a national search to identify exceptionally qualified candidates.

John Murabito, chair of Augustana’s board of trustees, will lead the search committee. Murabito, a 1980 Augustana graduate, serves as executive vice president and chief human resources officer at Cigna.

Contact the search committee at, or leave a comment or question.

Also, please see Frequently Asked Questions about the search.

Committee members

John Murabito '80, chair and trustee
Wiley Adams '82, trustee
Barbara Lundblad '66, trustee
Michael Gapen '91, trustee
Gail Richard '76, trustee
Lee Selander '72, trustee
Diane Hill '66, trustee
Dr. Doug Parvin, faculty 
Dr. Megan Havard-Rockwell, faculty 
Dr. Mariano Magalhães, faculty
Anna Castro '95, administrator
Kelly Bethke, coach, faculty
Lauren Hall '22, student

Listening sessions

Academic Search will lead virtual listening sessions from Feb. 24-26 to hear from the campus community what important skills and qualities candidates should possess. Email invitations have been sent to faculty, staff and students.

Contacts and nominations

Academic Search is assisting Augustana College in the presidential search. To arrange a confidential discussion, contact consultants Jay Lemons, Sharon Herzberger or Jennifer Kooken.

Nominations should be submitted to The search consultants will follow up, inviting your nominee to apply for the position. Your nomination will be confidential.