Tusculum College seeks a president to build on its history of success and lead the university to the next level of achievement.
Founded in 1794, Tusculum is the first college in Tennessee, the twenty-eighth oldest college in the nation and the oldest coeducational institution affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Its main campus is situated in Greeneville, TN near the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, with additional satellite locations in Knoxville, TN and Morristown, TN. Nine of Tusculum’s buildings and the Tusculum Arch on the wooded 140-acre main campus are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Tusculum is home to nearly 1,800 students, 55 percent who are traditional undergraduates and 45 percent who are adults and working professionals. Tusculum’s Judeo-Christian “civic arts” education balances a strong liberal arts foundation with national and international service-learning experiences. Tusculum’s citizen-scholar approach coupled with its affordability makes it an appealing private institution of higher learning.
The campus has recently completed several major capital initiatives including the 100,000 square feet Meen Center for Science and Math as well as the renovation and expansion of the Garland Library, nearly tripling its size. In addition to the physical development of the campus, Tusculum continues to expand its academic offerings, including an increased emphasis on undergraduate research. In the fall of 2017, Tusculum will offer bachelor’s degrees in healthcare management, information technology, and talent development, and in the fall of 2018 will launch a master’s degree in accountancy. Also, Tusculum is within weeks of celebrating the successful conclusion of its capital campaign having raised over $24 million to support the institutions highest priorities.
There is much to be excited about in this era of growth and opportunity. Tusculum’s next president will have the courage and conviction to take the institution to the next level of excellence and the experience to provide visionary leadership at this important point in Tusculum’s history. To do so, the president will increase revenue via private philanthropic support and a multi-faceted approach to financial success; increase enrollment, particularly in Graduate and Professional Studies and online programs; lead the institution through the implementation of a recently crafted, dynamic strategic plan which elevates the expectations of success for its faculty, staff and students; and continue to nurture a community of students, staff and faculty who believe whole-heartedly in the mission of Tusculum.
Tusculum’s next president must be a magnetic and enthusiastic leader, working in concert with Tusculum’s community and an active and engaged Board of Trustees, to inspire unity and dedication to strengthen the health of the campus culture for the institution’s long-term success. The ideal candidate should be business-minded with proven financial, leadership and management acumen and exhibit the highest integrity and transparency in leadership. A terminal degree, experience in a college or university setting, and a record of teaching and scholarship are preferred; in exceptional cases, professional and personal experience will be considered in lieu thereof. Of critical necessity is a thorough understanding of current trends in the evolving higher education marketplace accompanied by a vision for how institutions like Tusculum can adapt to and thrive in this new environment.
Tusculum’s 225th anniversary is in 2019. What a grand celebration to lead, pulling together elements of Tusculum’s history, weaving it together with the present, and casting a vision for its future to an engaged and excited constituency. More information about the College and the presidential search can be found at: www.tusculum.edu.
Confidential inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. For full consideration, please respond by July 10, 2017. Candidates should provide a resume or CV, letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile available at www.wittkieffer.com, 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 Tusculum College’s consultants Ann Yates and Melissa Fincher at TusculumCollegePresident@wittkieffer.com.
In compliance with all applicable federal and state laws, and with its own policies and philosophy, Tusculum does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, age, disability, national origin, sexual orientation, military or veteran’s status, genetic information, or any other protected discriminatory factor, in its employment practices (e.g. hiring, administering terms and conditions and termination) or in the provision of, or access to educational programs and services.