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    Company Name: Santa Clara University
    Position Title: DEAN, College of Arts & Sciences

    Santa Clara University (SCU), a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in California's Silicon Valley, is entering an ambitious period of growth and expansion and has developed a bold new vision and integrated strategic plan, Santa Clara 2020.  The University is launching new interdisciplinary initiatives, promoting technology-enhanced teaching methods and building facilities that respond to the changing landscape of higher education, our increasingly technological society, and an innovative approach to liberal arts education. 

    The search committee invites inquiries, nominations, and expressions of interest for the position of Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.  Santa Clara seeks a visionary and creative academic leader with a distinguished reputation as a teaching scholar and a commitment to advancing the University’s mission that is dedicated to academic excellence, social justice, and educating the whole person. 

    Founded in 1851 by the Society of Jesus as Santa Clara College, SCU is California's oldest operating institution of higher learning.  The University offers its more than 8,000 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master's, Ph.D., and law degrees.  Distinguished nationally by the fourth-highest graduation rate among all U.S. master's universities, SCU demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. 

    The College of Arts and Sciences, in which 3,140 undergraduate students are pursuing majors, has nearly 350 faculty members, and approximately 130 full- and part-time staff.  It is the largest academic unit and represents the academic core of the University.  The College’s 24 departments and academic programs offer more than 35 undergraduate degree programs.  All undergraduates at the University are provided a common educational experience through the Core Curriculum, whose courses are predominantly offered in the College of Arts and Sciences.  More information about Santa Clara University and the College of Arts and Sciences can be found on its website at

    The Dean is the chief academic and administrative officer of the College and reports to the Provost.  The next Dean will provide overall academic, administrative, and financial leadership for the College.  The Dean is responsible for strategic planning and vision, educational programmatic leadership, faculty recruitment and development, promoting shared and responsible governance, external relations and fundraising, resource and budget allocation, staff and facilities management, and integration with other campus units, among other duties.  The next Dean will also have a unique opportunity to work with faculty and stakeholders to develop a new strategic plan for the College. 

    The ideal candidate will be an innovative, goal-oriented, and collaborative leader and have extensive administrative experience as a dean, associate dean, department chair, or a comparable administrative position with academic, managerial, and fiscal responsibility.  She or he will have an earned doctorate (or terminal degree) in a relevant discipline of the College, a distinguished record of scholarship and teaching, and be eligible for appointment at the rank of full professor.  The successful candidate will have a record of leading change, enthusiasm to engage in fundraising, and broad interest in the liberal arts.  The next Dean will embrace the core commitments of the University's mission and identity as a Jesuit, Catholic university, will actively promote academic, scholarly, and creative (artistic) excellence, will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and will enhance diversity and inclusion.  A full position description (Leadership Profile) can be requested via the dedicated email address below. 

    Interested individuals should provide a letter of interest describing professional background and qualifications for the position as well as a current CV.  This search will be conducted with respect for candidate confidentiality, which will be maintained until finalists are invited to campus towards the end of the process.  The search will remain open until an appointment is made but to ensure the fullest consideration, materials should be sent electronically as soon as possible or by November 15, 2014, to Witt/Kieffer, and the consultants to the search committee: Brian Bloomfield and Jean Dowdall, Ph.D.

    Santa Clara University is an equal opportunity employer.  

    Posted October 8, 2014

    Company Name: Saint Leo University
    Position Title: PRESIDENT

    Saint Leo University is one of American higher education’s true success stories. Established in 1889 by the Benedictine Order, the university, long independent, has in recent years become a model for efficient, effective operations based on core principles of fidelity to mission, adherence to institutional values, accountability for execution, and commitment to vision and planning. The result is a remarkably strong balance sheet and an institutional culture so strong and positive that the university is listed on the Honor Roll of The Chronicle of Higher Education’s annual list of the best academic workplaces nationally.

    To continue and to enhance this record of success, Saint Leo University seeks a president to lead this multi-faceted institution.

    Saint Leo is organized into six distinct units: University College, its traditional campus of approximately 2,350 traditional undergraduate students just north of Tampa, Florida; its graduate programs, currently totaling over 3,000 students; Center for Online Learning, a distance education program currently enrolling approximately 3,000 students (FTE); Military Centers, onsite locations on military bases enrolling approximately 4,000 students; Civilian Centers, largely on the campuses of community colleges, enrolling approximately 2,000 students; and Stand Alone Centers sited independently across the region and the country, currently enrolling 2,000 students. The university’s budget exceeds $170 million and has in recent years generated surpluses exceeding $10 million per annum. The 134 full-time faculty members on the traditional campus are unionized, with a four-year CBA newly in place; the university’s full-time, off-campus faculty benefit from the same arrangements made with the bargaining unit. The institution is dedicated to a process of “smart growth” based first and foremost on its commitment to students.

    In short, Saint Leo is the very model of modern university business practices.

    To lead the university to new heights based on its current, robust baseline, its new president must be steeped in the business of higher education. He or she must be a leader, a visionary with an operational bent, with a deep commitment to the university’s core values and the ability to galvanize its community around plans and aspirations for its future. To this end, he or she will be a person of faith with a significant exposure to and appreciation for Catholic, Benedictine values and traditions. Above all, he or she will be student-centric in all decision-making, focusing the institution’s assets on service to its many and diverse students and student bodies. An earned terminal degree is very highly desired.

    Saint Leo University’s new president will inherit a university whose commitment to its students is in keeping with its rich history and whose business practices in many ways define the cutting edge of modern higher education leadership. Recruitment will continue until an appointment is made. Nominations, applications, and letters of interest (including a cover letter and resume) should be submitted via email to For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by October 31, 2014. Candidates invited for preliminary interviews will be informed the week of November 17, and those interviews will take place on December 1 and 2, 2014. Finalists will visit the campus during January 2015.

    Material that cannot be emailed may be sent to:

    Saint Leo University
    Attention: Dennis M. Barden and Karen Goldstein
    2015 Spring Road, Suite 510
    Oak Brook, IL 60523

    Confidential inquiries and questions concerning this search may be directed to the consultants supporting this search at 630-575-6152.

    Saint Leo University has a strong commitment to principles of equal employment opportunity and equal access to education. Saint Leo University does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, ethnic origin, nationality, genetic information, gender, race, religion, or veteran status, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law in its educational programs, admissions policies, financial aid, employment, or other school administered programs.

    Posted September 4, 2014


    Company Name: Marquette UNIVERSITY
    Position Title: PRESIDENT

    Marquette University, a private, coeducational, Catholic, Jesuit institution in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, seeks an enthusiastic and visionary leader to serve as its 24th President. Marquette is committed to excellence, faith, leadership, and service. The university aims to graduate students who are transformed by their education and who, in turn, will transform the world. 

    Founded in 1881, Marquette is the largest private university in Wisconsin. The university enjoys steady and strong enrollment, with over 11,000 students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries, including approximately 8,000 undergraduates, 2,000 graduate students, and 1,200 professional students in dentistry, education, health sciences, law and nursing. Marquette’s attractive 90-acre campus on the edge of Milwaukee’s downtown is home to a highly collegial community with more than 1,200 faculty members in 12 academic divisions. Marquette is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and underwent its decennial reaffirmation of accreditation visit in late 2013.

    Among its peers, Marquette is distinguished for its emphasis on connecting academic excellence and service to others. In Marquette’s 2013 senior survey, 87 percent of seniors said they participated in community service, devoting approximately 422,000 hours of their time each year. Marquette also prides itself on a proud intercollegiate athletic tradition as a NCAA-Division I institution competing in the Big East Conference. 

    Marquette’s Board of Trustees approved a new strategic plan, Beyond Boundaries: Setting the Course for Marquette’s Future, in 2013. The President will play the decisive role in shaping and implementing this plan, inspiring and supporting faculty, students, and the university community. To succeed, the President will: 

    Serve as a compelling advocate and spokesperson for Catholic, Jesuit education in the 21st century, within the university and beyond; 

    Be the chief advocate and leader of the university’s mission; 

    Nimbly address and meet the challenges facing higher education while enhancing Marquette’s commitment to the almost 500-year-old Jesuit educational tradition; 

    Expand the university’s resources, in particular through philanthropy by serving in a prominent role of cultivating and soliciting donors, as well as providing leadership in the largest comprehensive campaign in Marquette’s history;

    Lead efforts to enhance and implement the strategic plan; 

    Develop a cohesive leadership team, including hiring a permanent Provost and integrating him or her into a high-functioning leadership group; and

    Grow and strengthen Marquette’s diverse community and culture of inclusiveness. 

    Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. Applicants should send the following separate documents to a detailed letter of application, a curriculum vitae, and a list of at least eight references including complete contact information and a description of the relationship to the applicant. References will not be contacted without the permission of the candidate. Electronic submission of applications and correspondence is strongly preferred. Inquiries and nominations can be submitted to the same e-mail address or to the search firm representatives at the address or phone number listed below.

    Marquette University
    Dennis M. Barden, Jean A. Dowdall, and/or Ann A. Yates
    2015 Spring Rd., Suite 510
    Oak Brook, IL 60523
    630-575-6167 and/or 651-332-2587

    Posted November 22, 2013