Hartford, Connecticut
Sep 27, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
Presidents & Chancellors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Board of Trustees and its Presidential Search Committee invite nominations and expressions of interest for the position of President of Hartford Seminary upon the retirement of Dr. Heidi Hadsell next summer. This position offers an exciting leadership opportunity in a non-denominational graduate school for religious and theological studies. Hartford is uniquely a multi-faith seminary with a proven record of preparing religious leaders for our diverse and complex world. We anticipate the next president will assume office on or around July 1, 2018.


Hartford Seminary was founded by Congregational ministers in 1833 as the Pastoral Union of Connecticut to train ministerial leadership. The Seminary has a history of being cutting edge among its peer institutions long before its re-organization in 1972, when the focus shifted from preparing pastors, missionaries and professional religious educators toward ongoing education for pastors and the broader public in empowering religious communities and building constructive relations between Christians and Muslims. Today, the seminary’s approach is one of interfaith dialogue. Students of different faiths from around the world enroll in programs ranging from leadership certificates to a Ph.D. It was the first seminary in America to admit women in 1889, was a founding member of the Association of Theological Schools, developed the first center for the study of Islam and Christian-Muslim relations in the U.S. in 1973, and was the first non-denominational seminary in North America to name a female president and to hire a full-time Muslim faculty member in 1990 and 1991, respectively. The Seminary also was the first in the country to offer an accredited Islamic Chaplaincy program starting in 2001. 

Hartford’s mission defines it as “an educational institution where a consciousness of God is cultivated and shared.” It affirms the belief that strong religious institutions and healthy communities of faith are necessary to the well-being of individuals and society, of the goodness of religious differences that exist in the world, and the support of faithful living in a pluralistic and multi-faith environment.

Located just west of downtown in Hartford, CT, the Seminary is housed in an award winning modern building that reflects the bold and visionary place Hartford Seminary has within theological education. With this lengthy history of innovation and its strong emphasis on interfaith dialogue, peacemaking, and learning, today Hartford Seminary is well-positioned to be a powerful force in preparing religious leaders and scholars with the knowledge and skills needed for today’s complex and multi-faith world. For additional information about the Seminary and a position profile, please visit

The selected candidate will demonstrate experience with/sensitivity to interfaith dialogue; be a person of faith that shapes professional actions; have academic credentials and/or experiences that give evidence of an understanding of teaching, learning and scholarly endeavors; and be an adept fundraiser, an excellent communicator, a collaborative leader who nurtures community and builds momentum, a strong manager with a record of effective oversight of human and financial resources, strong interpersonal skills, and possess an energy, creativity and excitement for being Hartford Seminary’s next president.

Nominations and Inquiries

The presidential search committee will begin a review of applications immediately and continue work until an appointment is made. The full profile can be viewed at: To assure full consideration, applications should be received by Monday, November 27, 2017 and include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and five professional references with e-mail addresses and telephone numbers. References will not be contacted without prior authorization from the applicant. Applications should be sent electronically (MS Word or PDF Format) to   The search is being assisted by:

Saundra Tracy, Ph.D.
AGB Search

Hartford Seminary is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer

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