Association President

Richmond, Kentucky
Apr 03, 2017
Institution Type
Outside Academe

Association President

Appalachian College Association

The Appalachian College Association is seeking a dynamic new leader to revitalize the organization by bringing to life the Association’s emerging strategic focus on improving education across all levels in the Appalachian communities we serve. The Association seeks to become a vital hub for creativity, collaboration, and community engagement through the work of its 35 private four-year liberal arts member institutions spread across the central Appalachian region. Collectively serving over 54,000 students, the Association actively seeks to enhance and develop both its member institutions and the people of their home communities through higher education and related services. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Serve as the lead ACA spokesperson across higher education and the Appalachian region; be the face and voice of passionate advocacy for all things Appalachia and for our member campuses.
  • Work with member campus presidents, chief academic officers, librarians, and other campus leaders to identify new avenues for collaboration and success. Become a visible and accessible presence on member campuses.
  • Develop partnerships with external organizations who share our passion for advancing the cultural, economic, environmental, educational, social, and demographic advantages and challenges of Appalachian life.
  • Seek out and capitalize on external funding opportunities that promote ACA’s vision and member campus efforts to achieve that vision.
  • Inspire and lead a central office that will support the organization’s direction as we pivot toward the future.

The ideal candidate will bring substantial knowledge and experience of the Appalachian region, ideally through experience as a faculty member and/or an administrator in one or more small, private, liberal arts institutions. S/he will have an earned doctorate [or equivalent], and senior leadership experience in a complex organizational environment. The preferred candidate will demonstrate progressively responsible experience in organizational leadership, relationship-building, advocacy, fundraising, grant writing, and community outreach and/or economic development. The preferred candidate will demonstrate a track record of strategic planning and ability to motivate and lead a cohesive team of professionals to high levels of success. The position will require substantial regional travel and occasional national travel.

We anticipate filling this position by July 1, 2017, or as shortly thereafter as practical.

Applicants should forward electronically in PDF format a complete resume and letter of interest to:

Dr. Dan Lunsford, Search Committee Chair, at

To apply by United States postal mail, please send a complete resume and letter of interest to:

Dr. Dan Lunsford, Search Committee Chair

PO Box 6701

Mars Hill, North Carolina 28754-0370

Priority will be given to candidates who apply by April 21, 2017.

The Appalachian College Association (ACA) is an equal employment opportunity employer. In addition to the Commonwealth of Kentucky statues and employment regulations, we invite you to review the current "EEO Is the Law" poster as part of the application process. A link to the most current posters is here. Please also see the 2015 Supplemental EEO Poster here.  Candidates are subject to pre employment verifications not limited to background checks and drug screening.

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