Salem, Massachusetts
Feb 21, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
Presidents & Chancellors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Salem State University seeks a visionary and collaborative president to build on its history of success and lead the university to the next level of achievement.

Salem State is on the move. Designated a university in 2010, the university has been energized by new state-of-the-art facilities, an increase in freshmen applications, improved student graduation and retention rates, growing alumni engagement, talented leadership throughout the organization and an expanding role in the region.

Located just 15 miles north of Boston, Salem State is one of the largest state universities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and is an important partner in the economic, cultural and intellectual vitality of the greater north-of- Boston region. Situated in the historic seacoast city of Salem, Massachusetts on more than 115 acres and five campuses, Salem State provides a diverse community of over 9,000 students a high quality, student-centered education; one that prepares them to contribute responsibly and creatively to a global society and to serve as a resource to advance the region’s cultural, social and economic development. 

The university supports a full-time faculty of over 350 and offers 32 undergraduate degree programs in the liberal arts, human services and business, along with graduate degrees in programs such as education, science, humanities, business, criminal justice, and nursing, among others. The university also has a continuing education division that offers both credit and non-credit programs.

With a 15 to 1 undergraduate student to faculty ratio, student learning opportunities are personal and collaborative, yet large enough to broaden students’ understanding of their world. The university’s students hail from 28 states and 63 countries. The university is proud that 34.8 percent of its 2016 freshman class self-identified as being students of color. Salem State has over 65 student groups and clubs, 15 varsity teams along with intramural sports, and hundreds of student activities scheduled throughout the year. The university has a nationally award-winning residence life program. One-third of the undergraduate degree-seeking population, including two-thirds of the freshman class, lives on campus. More information about the university and the presidential search can be found at; a complete leadership profile will be available for review in early March. 

Salem State’s president will be a high energy leader of people and programs with outstanding relationship-building, communication and interpersonal skills. To be successful, the president must possess: the capacity to articulate and implement a shared vision; a commitment to shared governance; a record of successful administrative experience; an external community relations perspective; and proven financial management skills. The ideal candidate will have an earned terminal degree; in exceptional cases, personal and professional experience may be considered in lieu thereof. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a track record for creating and strengthening relationships with multiple stakeholders. Successful, hands-on experience with constituent relations and fundraising is essential.

Confidential inquiries, requests, nominations, and applications are invited. Review of applications will begin on March 31, 2017, and continue until the position is filled. Candidates should provide a resume or CV, letter of application and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. These materials should be sent electronically via email to Salem State University’s search consultants at




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