Presidential Search

Presidential Search

Presidential Search

UOG Announces Presidential Search

The Board of Regents (BOR) of the University of Guam seeks nominations and applications for the position of president. After 10 highly successful years at the helm, President Robert Underwood has announced his retirement, effective June 30, 2018.

UOG seeks an accomplished, innovative leader who will build on the University’s “Good to Great” initiative, implementing a progressive and evolving strategy for excellence and growth.





The Presidential Search finalists will be visiting the campus from June 11 to 15.

The University is hosting special meetings for Faculty, Staff, and Administrators to give you a chance to meet each finalist. The finalists will give brief remarks followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

The schedule for the Faculty meetings and the Alumni, Students, and Staff meetings are posted below.

Please note that dates, times, and venues may be subject to change. Please check this page for the most recent schedule.




For those unable to attend, you will be able to view each forum through a YouTube live stream at:

The link will be active at the beginning of each forum. Recorded videos of each forum will also be uploaded to YouTube within 24 hours.




Forums with Finalists for University of Guam President
Dr. Thomas Krise - Monday, June 11
  • Faculty Forum: 11am-11:50 am, CLASS Lecture Hall

  • Alumni, Students and Staff Forum: 12pm-12:50 pm, CLASS Lecture Hall

Dr. Anita Borja Enriquez - Tuesday, June 12
  • Alumni, Students, and Staff: 12:30pm-1:20 pm, CLASS Lecture Hall
  • Faculty: 1:30pm-2:20pm, CLASS Lecture Hall
Dr. Bruce T. Murphy - Wednesday, June 13
  • Faculty: 11:30am-12:20pm, CLASS Lecture Hall
  • Alumni: Students, and Staff, 12:30pm-1:20pm, CLASS Lecture Hall
Dr. Ronald Larsen - Thursday, June 14
  • Faculty: 11am-11:50am, CLASS Lecture Hall
  • Alumni, Students, and Staff: 12pm-12:50 pm CLASS Lecture Hall





Dr. Anita Borja EnriquezBio:

Anita Borja Enriquez is Senior Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs and Accreditation Liaison of the WASC Senior College and University Commission at the University of Guam. A former management consultant, she served as Dean of the School of Business and Public Administration where she secured over $1.5 million in federal grants to establish and support the Guam Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), Guam Veterans Business Outreach Center, UOG Pacific Center for Economic Initiatives, and “Buy Local Guam” marketing educational campaign. 

Dr. Enriquez was founding member of the Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce Board, Guam Marketing Association, and Guam Museum Foundation Board. She is Secretary of the Rotary International District 2750 Pacific Basin Group, and serves on the Guampedia Foundation Board, the Pacific Islands Small Business Development Center Advisory Board and the Guam-Micronesia Mission Education Board. She has also served on the Guam Education Board, Guam Chamber of Commerce Small Business Committee, Guam Procurement Advisory Council, Guam Visitors Bureau’s Administrative and Legislative Affairs Committee, Junior Achievement Board, and Rotary Club of Tumon Bay Board. 

Dr. Enriquez earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Management from University of Maryland University College, Master of Business Administration degree from University of Guam, and Doctor of Business Administration degree in International Business (Marketing emphasis) from United States International University (Alliant International University). She is also a graduate of the Guam Community College’s Vocational High School Division, Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Institute for Management and Leadership in Education, and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ Millennium Leadership Initiative Institute. Dr. Enriquez is a strong advocate for value-added leveraged and collaborative partnerships, improved social mobility and social justice to advance communities and economies, cultural preservation and island sustainability, and building opportunities to enhance overall quality of life.



Dr. Thomas W. Krise Thomas W. Krise, Ph.D., graduated from All Saints Cathedral School on St Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. He earned a B.S. in history from the United States Air Force Academy, an M.S.A. in human resources management from Central Michigan University, an M.A. in English from the University of Minnesota, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Chicago. He served 22 years on active duty in the U.S. Air Force, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He served on the faculty of the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, as a Senior Military Fellow of the Institute for National Strategic Studies in Washington, and as Vice Director of the National Defense University Press.

Formerly, he was President of Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington, where he continues to serve as President Emeritus and Professor of English. Prior to PLU, he was Dean of Arts and Sciences at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, and Chair of the Department of English at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.

Krise was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica and has published numerous articles and other works, including Caribbeana: An Anthology of English Literature of the West Indies, 1657-1777 (1999) and Literary Histories of the Early Anglophone Caribbean: Islands in the Stream (2018).

Dr. Ronald W. LarsenBio:

Ron Larsen served as Interim Chancellor of Montana State University Billings from January 2017 until May 2018. Prior to his appointment as chancellor, Larsen served as Associate Provost at Montana State University (MSU) in Bozeman, where he was a key member of the senior management team in the MSU Office of Academic Affairs. He currently serves in the role of Vice Provost. Larsen also served as Interim Dean of the MSU Graduate School in 2012-2013. Before assuming the Associate Provost position, Larsen served as a MSU faculty member since 1985 and as head of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering from 2002 to 2011. He also was chair of MSU's Faculty Council in 2000-2001. He has a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from MSU and a doctorate in chemical engineering from The Pennsylvania State University.

Ron and his wife Pris live in Bozeman, Montana, and enjoy exploring the community and the region. They have three adult children and six grandchildren.

Dr. Bruce T. MurphyBio:

Dr. Bruce Murphy is a consultant with the Registry for College & University Presidents Inc. of Peabody, Massachusetts. He was the fifth President of Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana for four years. He was also a Professor of Educational Leadership at Nicholls.
Under his leadership Nicholls achieved regional accreditation with no recommendations, opened a $12 million Culinary Arts building, established the state’s first US Department of Education approved program for students on the Autism spectrum, and hosted the university’s first NCAA DIV I playoff game, among other accomplishments.
Prior to his presidency, he served for eight and a half years as Vice President for Academic Affairs at the Air Force’s Air University in Montgomery, Alabama. Under his academic oversight the institution transitioned from Level III (masters) to Level V (doctorate) membership in the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Dr. Murphy led efforts to successfully add the Ph.D. in Military Strategy as well as the nation’s first Master of Flight Test Engineering degree taught by the USAF Test Pilot School in Mojave, California.
Dr. Murphy has spent his entire career in the study, teaching and practice of leadership. He served in the U.S. Army completing both Airborne (parachutist) and Ranger (commando) training and taught Leadership at West Point. Following military service, Dr. Murphy taught for three years in the Department of Human and Organization Development at Vanderbilt University and was the Founding Director of the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership Program and Chair, Walker School of Business at Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania. Bruce was the founding Dean of the School of Business and professor of management at Point Park University in Pittsburgh.
Bruce was elected by the SACS membership to serve on its Commission on Colleges as a trustee for five years and subsequently on the Commission’s Appeals Committee. After becoming President of Nicholls State, he was again elected to a trustee position with Compliance & Review Committee chair responsibilities. He has led the review of over 100 institutions and deliberated on over 400 institutional cases.
Murphy received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California at Berkeley and Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Systems Management degrees from the University of Southern California. He also earned a Master of Arts from Teachers College at Columbia University and a Doctorate in Education from Vanderbilt University. He is a graduate of the Institute for Educational Management (2007), the New Presidents Seminar (2014) and the Seminar on Advancement Leadership for Presidents (2015) at Harvard University.
Both Dr. Murphy and his wife, Jeanne Murphy, are retired from the U.S. Army. They achieved the ranks of lieutenant colonel and colonel, respectively.




A position profile for UOG President and a job announcement are available for download at:


The University of Guam Presidential Search Committee (UOG PSC) will begin reviewing and evaluating applications as they are received and will continue to accept and review credentials until the position is filled. To ensure fullest consideration, candidates are advised to submit their materials by, April 27, 2018.


Dr. Richard A. Wueste, of AGB Search, is assisting with the search process. Nominators and prospective candidates may contact Dr. Wueste at or at 540-431-5131.


The BOR appointed the UOG PSC to coordinate the search for the new University President. The UOG PSC consists of eight members:

  • William Leon Guerrero, PSC Chairperson
  • Elizabeth Gayle,Chairperson, UOG Board of Regents 
  • Elvin Chiang, Treasurer, UOG Board of Regents
  • Antoinette Sanford, Immediate Past Chairperson,UOG Board of Regents
  • Christopher Felix, Member,UOG Board of Regents
  • Dr. Kate Moots, President, UOG Faculty Senate
  • Annie Fay Camacho, President, UOG Student Government Association
  • Sophia Chu, General Manager, Hyatt Regency Guam


About AGB Search
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