Students in front of Dover Library on the Gardner-Webb University campus

Presidential Search

Gardner-Webb University President Dr. A. Frank Bonner announced in January 2018 that he will retire after more than 30 years of dedicated service to the University, including 13 years as president.

The Board of Trustees has formed a search committee that includes members of the Board as well as representatives from the faculty, staff and students. This committee will work closely with the search firm selected to assist in this process—Coleman Lew + Associates, Inc. of Charlotte, North Carolina.

This year is an exciting time as we recognize and honor Dr. Bonner’s leadership and legacy and begin the important work of selecting a new president for Gardner-Webb.

If you have questions or comments on GWU’s presidential search process, please email us at

We are committed to pursuing a transparent, inclusive process.