During the coming months, Lakeside Chautauqua will be searching for our next President/CEO. The person ultimately selected will lead us into our 150th Anniversary and be responsible to continue to advance our mission and four pillars of Chautauqua.

To Apply

Lakeside Chautauqua has exclusively retained the services of Montague & Associates to lead the search for the President/Chief Executive Officer. The team is being led by Founder/CEO Mary Lee Montague.

View Position Specification

Lakeside Chautauqua is an equal opportunity employer. Those interested in applying for the position should direct a complete chronological resume to Montague & Associates team member:

Nancy DeMoss
Vice President, Candidate Management
Montague & Associates
(704) 517-8146


March 2020 Update

Dear Lakeside Community,

The search for the new President/Chief Executive Officer. is live and underway. The Search Committee, with significant input from the community, staff and Board of Directors, has completed the development of the Position Specification to be used for all marketing and recruiting related to the search. Thank you to the committee and our search partner, Montague & Associates, for their diligence in getting us to this place.

Our next step is to identify the pool of potential candidates for the position. We have developed a broad set of evaluation criteria that will provide focus on the desired attributes of Lakeside Chautauqua’s next President/CEO. Over the months ahead, the search firm will use these criteria to assess candidates for the role. The Search Committee will meet on April 25, 2020 with Mary Lee Montague, CEO of Montague & Associates, to review the search results to date. No times have been set for candidate interviews at this time.

We would also ask you to help us identify people who might be qualified candidates. Please share the job specification with anyone you think may be a qualified and interested candidate or possible source. Please contact our search consultant, Mary Lee Montague, at marylee@mlmontague.com with names and additional contact information related to potential candidates.

Additional updates will be shared along the way. But please understand this is a process with a proven methodology and results and we must all ‘trust the process.’ Our timing on this complex search is a moving target and the Search Committee is comfortable making sure we take the necessary time to identify candidates that are well qualified and vetted.

The committee will continue to stay in touch with Lakeside during the process, while also respecting the confidential nature of candidates that comes with all searches. Don’t hesitate to contact me at presidentialsearch@lakesideohio.com if you have any questions. Be assured that we will treat all information from you in total confidence.

Thank you for your continued interest and support.


Kurt Geisheimer
Search Committee Chair
Lakeside Chautauqua Board of Directors Chair

February 2020 Update

Dear members of the Lakeside community,

The Search Committee continues its important work to recruit and select our next President/CEO. We are near finalizing the search profile to be used for all marketing and recruiting related to the search. The Lakeside Chautauqua Board of Directors has retained a professional search partner, Montague & Associates, to assist the Search Committee. We anticipate launching the search live in the marketplace during the first part of March once the due diligence process is concluded.

The search is off to a good start. Please don't hesitate to contact me at presidentialsearch@lakesideohio.com if you have questions. And thank you for your interest and your support.

Kurt Geisheimer
Search Committee Chair
Lakeside Chautauqua Board of Directors Chair

December 2019 Update

The Lakeside Chautauqua Board, at its quarterly meeting in November 2019, appointed a nine-member Search Committee that will launch a national search for our next President/CEO. Members of the Board and Search Committee understand that this is one of the most important things we will do during our tenure on the Board. We're committed to a thoughtful, thorough and careful process in order to find a person who will embrace Lakeside’s mission, provide leadership to both the staff and community and ensure that the best years for Lakeside are in front of us.

The Search Committee recently held its first meeting and discussed the steps toward retaining a search firm that will assist the committee in finding the right person. We’re also focusing on the development of a position profile and defining the skills and personal characteristics for our next President/CEO. At its highest level, the search process will be to match the candidate to the position profile.

We're extremely confident in the leadership of Dan Dudley, our Interim CEO, and the entire Lakeside staff to guide us through this interim period. On behalf of the Board, I wish to express gratitude to Dan and the staff for their efforts and dedication during this time of transition.

We intend to communicate our progress to the community and keep you apprised of where we are in the process. In the meantime, on behalf of the Board, I want to wish you a holiday filled with love and a new year rich with blessings.

Kurt Geisheimer
Lakeside Chautauqua Board of Directors Chair