St. Francis College, founded in 1859 by the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn, has a proud tradition of educating the whole person for a rich, relational life and developing students’ talents and abilities to their fullest potential as rooted in the Franciscan values of compassion, generosity, respect and service. Graduates have become leaders in the public and private sectors. The College has surging healthcare and science programs, thriving management, communications, psychology, and accountings departments, along with Division I sports teams, and boasts student athletes of the highest caliber. St. Francis College alumni have a record of success and are well prepared for graduate study, meaningful, fulfilling careers, and collaborative, service-oriented leadership.
The College now seeks a dynamic, effective and forward-looking president to continue to build upon this successful legacy.
St. Francis students experience a strong liberal arts core curriculum integrated with pre-professional programs in a wide range of disciplines, designed to prepare them for the rigors of an increasingly competitive, technological and globalized marketplace and society. Accessible tuition and generous financial aid make St. Francis College a great higher educational investment for New York City’s ethnically and economically diverse populations. The cost is a reflection on the original mission of the College more than 150 years ago, to educate first generation immigrants, a mission that has not changed as students from the five boroughs and around the world continue to mirror a changing city.
Nestled in Brooklyn Heights, an historically landmarked neighborhood of tree-lined streets and brownstone buildings, the College of 2,700 students strives to take advantage of all that Brooklyn has to offer with opportunities and partnerships that allow students to immerse themselves in the extensive intellectual, cultural, and professional prospects afforded by New York City, and to serve the needs of the local community in which they live and study. Its location provides a confluence of cultures and religious beliefs, reinforcing the College’s commitment to maintain and celebrate its diverse student body.
The College’s new president will inherit an institution that is laudably focused on its mission and operates under sound business principles. Building from this solid base, the president will work in concert with the College community and an active, engaged Board of Trustees to strengthen the institution’s position in a highly competitive marketplace and to ensure that the delicate balance is maintained between accessibility for a highly diverse student population and a strong financial foundation. Accomplishing these ends requires a professional of considerable leadership and management acumen and experience, preferably from within higher education. An earned terminal degree and a record of teaching and scholarship are preferred; candidates with exceptional personal and professional backgrounds and records of success from beyond the professorate will be given full consideration. St. Francis’ president will be an individual who understands and embraces the College’s Catholic foundation and Franciscan charism and who resonates with and can actively advocate on behalf of the mission and values of the College.
St. Francis College is focused on the success of its students and the service that they, the faculty, staff, administration and Board of Trustees can provide to the vibrant, diverse community it calls home. The president will have the opportunity to play a central role in fulfilling a compelling mission of guiding students to think critically, make morally sound decisions, encouraging responsible citizenship and an awareness and commitment to issues of social justice and the environment. The president will be an individual who will work collaboratively with all members of the College community, possessing strong communication skills, is an able astute manager, and a seasoned fundraiser. The president should recognize the fluid landscape of higher education and will articulate a vision for the College that is creative, relevant and transformative.
Confidential inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should provide a resume or CV, letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile, 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 St. Francis College’s consultants Dennis M. Barden, Sheila Murphy and Kim Brettschneider at SFCPresident@wittkieffer.com.
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St. Francis College
Attention: Dennis M. Barden, Sheila Murphy and Kim Brettschneider
2015 Spring Road, Suite 510
Oak Brook, Illinois 60523
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