Mars Hill University
Mars Hill University (MHU), a four-year, coeducational, residential, liberal arts university located in Mars Hill, NC is seeking an innovative, visionary, strategic leader with a passion and enthusiasm for student-centered, quality, liberal arts education. Rooted in the Christian faith, MHU challenges and equips students to pursue intellectual, spiritual, and personal growth through an education grounded in a rigorous study of the Liberal Arts, connected with the world of work and committed to character development, to service, and to responsible citizenship in the community, the region, and the world.
Located in the town of Mars Hill in the mountains of North Carolina, one of the most beautiful and scenic regions of the eastern US, MHU is the oldest college or university in western North Carolina on its original site. MHU was founded in 1856 as the French Broad Baptist Institute in Madison County. Shortly thereafter, and inspired by Acts 17, the name was changed to Mars Hill College in honor of the famous site of learning and biblical significance where the Apostle Paul stood and made his historic address. The College was chartered by the State of North Carolina in 1859 and in 1962 transitioned from junior to senior college status. In 2013, after a period of achievement and growth, Mars Hill College transitioned to Mars Hill University.
Today, Mars Hill’s vision is to be a preeminent private university, nationally recognized for transforming engaged learners into ethical citizens and successful leaders in an ever-changing world. With six undergraduate degrees and three graduate degrees, MHU offers 35 majors and 33 minors to a student body of 1140 undergraduate students and 160 graduate students. MHU’s Adult and Graduate Studies (AGS) programs have been serving non-traditional students in western North Carolina since the 1970s. With a student to faculty ratio of 11:1, this diverse student body consists of 51% first generation college students, 34% students of color and 75% from North Carolina. As a NCAA Division II member of the South Atlantic Conference, MHU offers 11 men’s and 11 women’s intercollegiate varsity sports.
MHU’s location also offers an attractive quality of life. From the spectacular 178-acre MHU campus, sitting at an elevation of 2,330 feet, a majestic panorama of lofty peaks may be viewed, including the highest peak of the Appalachian Mountains, Mount Mitchell. Asheville, the largest city in the western third of NC and located approximately 20 minutes to the south, is known for its quality arts, crafts, and music offerings. The area enjoys thriving visitor and outdoor industries and has become a leading entrepreneurial and economic center. Named one of the “Top 10 Best Places to Live in the USA” by Money magazine, the area combines small-town charm with an extraordinary urban sensibility.
For additional information about Mars Hill University, please visit their website at www.mhu@edu.
Reporting directly to the Board of Trustees, the President serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the University with responsibility for ensuring the success of the institution’s mission, enrollment management, academic integrity, fiscal stability and viability, fundraising efforts, personnel development, and physical plant management. Positions reporting to the President (the President’s Leadership Team) include: Executive Vice President (Chief Academic Officer); Vice President for Institutional Advancement; Vice President for Finance & Facilities Management; Associate Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students; Assistant Vice President for Human Resources & Strategic Initiatives; Executive Director for Auxiliary Services & Planning; University Chaplain; Senior Director of Marketing and Communications; and the Director of Athletics. Additional positions currently reporting to the President include the Director of Admissions and the Director of Financial Aid. In addition, the President develops and maintains productive relationships with the Foundation Board, the National Alumni Board, and the Board of Advisors.
The ideal candidate will have a passion for student-centered liberal arts education, along with a proven record of effective and successful leadership and managerial skills needed to lead an institution of higher education with a commitment to academic freedom. She/he will espouse principals based on strong Christian faith: integrity, honesty, sincerity and compassion. This visionary and strategic thinker will think innovatively and explore new ideas and strategies while considering the needs of multiple constituencies and respecting the history and tradition of the institution. The successful candidate will possess exceptional interpersonal, communication (both oral and written), fundraising, and financial management skills. With an enthusiasm for the mission, vision and values of Mars Hill, this leader will participate in the activities of the campus, religious community, the town, county, and region. Appropriate academic credentials are required. Compensation will be commensurate with experience and will include a competitive package.
Mars Hill University is an equal opportunity employer.
For additional information contact: For consideration please forward resume/CV and cover letter to:
Coleman Lew + Associates, Inc.
326 W. 10th Street - Charlotte, NC 28202
Ken Carrick, President
Janny DeLoache, Consultant
704.377.0362 or 800.533.9523 or fax 704.377.0424
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