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Presidential Search Process Update

Date: April 23, 2015

To: The Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology Community: Trustees, Administrators, Members of the Faculties, Students, Staff, Benefactors, and Friends

From: The Presidential Search Committee

Reference: Presidential Search Process Update

Tasks Completed: Formed in October 2014, the Presidential Search Committee (PSC) has followed a robust search process for seven months, implementing and assessing its various stages, including: marketing and advertising the position; soliciting applications and nominations; receiving, reviewing, and screening the candidates; interviewing candidates by telephone, and thereafter conducting face-to-face off-campus interviews.

In summary, the global search process yielded 41 applications and nominations. The PSC determined that 36 individuals qualified as candidates. After further study, 22 candidates were interviewed and screened by telephone. Upon careful review, eight candidates qualified as semi-finalists. On Monday, March 30, and Tuesday, March 31, 2015, the PSC conducted face-to-face interviews off-campus with the eight semi-finalists. Each semi-finalist was interviewed by all PSC members. Following these interviews, the PSC selected two finalists. Background checks of the finalists were found satisfactory. 

Finalists: Today, the Search Committee is pleased to announce that Reverend Christopher T. Metropulos, DMin, and Sotiris Pagdadis, PhD, have been selected as presidential finalists. Both have been invited to visit our campus on Tuesday, April 28, and Wednesday, April 29.

Tasks Remaining: The search process for president of Hellenic College, Inc. is entering its final stage. Three principal steps remain:

  • Final candidates are to visit the campus on Tuesday, April 28, and Wednesday, April 29, to meet with His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America, who is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and members of the Holy Eparchial Synod, the School of Theology faculty, the College faculty, senior administrators, the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees, the student body, Alumni Association, Archdiocesan Presbyters Council, Philoptochos, Leadership 100, and Faith Endowment.
  • Meeting of the Presidential Search Committee on April 30 to determine its recommendation(s).
  • Meeting of the Board of Trustees May 1 to discuss the recommendation(s) of the Presidential Search Committee and proceed in accordance to the Hellenic College, Inc. bylaws.

We pray for a blessed conclusion of the entire process.   

Brief Bio-Sketches of Finalists

The Reverend Christopher Metropulos, DMin

Fr Christopher has been the pastor serving St. Demetrios, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, since 1990. In addition, he has served as Pastor at Archangel Michael, Roslyn Heights, NY, and Assistant Pastor at St. Demetrios, Astoria, NY.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hellenic College, a Master of Divinity degree from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

Fr Christopher is the founder and executive director of OCN, where he shepherds a dynamic and rapidly expanding ministry.

He has served as the Director and Dean of Admissions of HCHC.

In addition, Fr. Christopher has served the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese as Representative to the UN and US Missions; member of the Archdiocesan Council; and President of the Archdiocesan Presbyter’s Council for two consecutive terms.

Mr. Sotiris Pagdadis, PhD

Dr. Sotiris Pagdadis earned his BS degree in Aerospace Engineering, MS degree in Engineering, and a doctorate in Project Management from The University of Texas at Austin.

He served as a university professor at the Polytechnic Institute of NYU, followed by advisory and teaching roles at Columbia University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Dr. Pagdadis has over 25 years of business experience (capital project planning and financing, and technology assessment), has held leadership roles with PwC, and was founder and president of the Lambousa Infrastructures Consultancy Group.

Dr. Pagdadis is the founder of ECOSFUND, a philanthropic organization providing subject matter expertise to grass roots organizations throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. He was awarded The Order of Alec for outstanding leadership from The University of Texas at Austin in 1984.

He is a member of the Holy Trinity–St. Nicholas Church in Cincinnati, OH, and of Leadership 100.