John Taylor - CEO





May 4, 2015, ACUI welcomed its fifth executive director, John Taylor, former senior director of auxiliary services and director of university unions at the University of Michigan.

Full Release


Related Resources

About ACUI:

2011-15 Strategic Plan [pdf]
ACUI Organization Chart [pdf]

About the Position:

Position at a Glance
Informational Brochure and Job Description


ACUI Prepares for Leadership Transition (March 2015)
Taylor Selected as Next CEO (January 2015)
Greenwood/Asher Contracted to Recruit Next CEO (August 2014)
ACUI Begins Search for Next CEO (April 2014)
ACUI Plans 2015 Executive Leadership Transition (March 2013)


CEO Search Process

CEO Search - Phase 6

Screening Committee

Once Greenwood/Asher and Associates has vetted a candidate pool, a screening committee will hold the first round of interviews with candidates.

The Board of Trustees has appointed the following individuals to serve on that committee:

  • Immediate Past President: Mark Guthier, University of Wisconsin-Madison (Chair)
  • Past International Leadership Team Member: Willie Banks Jr., Cleveland State University
  • Past President: Debra Hammond, California State University–Northridge
  • Association Executive: Kevin Kruger, NASPA
  • Past International Leadership Team Member: James McHaley, Northwestern University
  • Staff Member: Justin Rudisille, ACUI
  • Past International Leadership Team Member: Sharon Silverstein, Suffolk County Community College
  • Current International Leadership Team Member: Gail Sutton, George Mason University
  • Association Executive: Pam Watts, NIRSA
  • Student Member: Ben Williams, Miami University

The Board of Trustees will interview finalists and has final authority in deciding who to hire for the position.

Search Timeline

  • March 3, 2014: Request for proposal sent to prospective search firms
  • March 31, 2014: Questions due from potential firms
  • April 7, 2014: Optional pre-bid meeting at the ACUI annual conference, JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes (12:30–1:30 p.m.)
  • April 18, 2014: Search firm proposals due by 5 p.m. Eastern
  • June 2014: Search firm secured and recruitment begins
  • December 2014: Final interviews
  • January 2015: New CEO introduced
  • May 2015: Current executive director’s retirement  

Search Firm Contacts for Applicants

Jan Greenwood or Betty Turner Asher, Partners
Debra Cruce, Executive Search Consultant
Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc.

ACUI Contacts for Members

Sarah Aikman
ACUI President
Northern Kentucky University
J. Scott Derrick
ACUI President-Elect
University of North Carolina–Charlotte

Questions also can be directed to

Updated May 4, 2015