The UUA Presidential Search Committee—which for the first time played a central role in setting up a UUA presidential race—is seeking feedback about the process leading up to the June 2017 election.
The General Assembly approved bylaw changes in 2010 that transformed the way the UUA chooses its president. Among the changes was the creation of the search committee, a panel of seven people chosen in 2013 by the General Assembly and the Board of Trustees that would select two nominees to run for a single six-year term as president.
In January 2016 the committee nominated two candidates, the Rev. Alison Miller and the Rev. Sue Phillips, but Phillips withdrew from the race a month later. The search committee then introduced another candidate, the Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, although the committee no longer had the authority to nominate a candidate. In March 2016 Frederick-Gray formally entered the race as a petition candidate, as did the Rev. Jeanne Pupke in June 2016. Delegates elected Frederick-Gray at the General Assembly in New Orleans on June 24, 2017.