Northland College, a liberal arts institution with a progressive focus on the environment and sustainability, seeks a visionary leader and institution builder as its new president. The College is an ambitious institution with a pioneering program and mission. The president will lead and work alongside a passionate and committed community of faculty, staff, students, and trustees who are excited for the future of the institution.
Northland College actively links its students to the experiential learning and interdisciplinary approach of a liberal arts education and to the responsibilities individuals and communities face as members of the natural world. These two pillars of the College - liberal arts and environmental responsibility - engage students in powerful academic and applied experiences. Northland College embraces a true sense of place and is deeply entwined with its surrounding community - Lake Superior, the north woods, and the city it calls home - Ashland, Wisconsin. The College blends its environmental and liberal arts strengths in establishing new forms of social and environmental stewardship.
Like many liberal arts colleges today, Northland has in the recent past experienced financial constraints and declining enrollments. Under the outstanding stewardship of outgoing President Michael Miller, the College has nonetheless achieved some remarkable successes. During President Miller’s seven-year tenure, the College established four of five exciting and innovative centers that conduct research, directly connect with academic programs, and lead outward community engagement on a variety of environmental and sustainability issues from interdisciplinary perspectives. Northland also expanded athletics from ten to fifteen intercollegiate sports that nearly forty percent of degree-seeking students participate in. In January of 2017, the College signed an historic sixty-year lease agreement with the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest to serve as the operator and programmer for Forest Lodge - 872 forested acres and historic estate along the shore of Lake Namekagon east of Cable, Wisconsin.
From an expanded network of donors; a reinvigorated, sophisticated, and generous board of trustees; successful faculty recruitment; strengthened relations with tribal communities; and trend lines toward greater financial stability and increasing student enrollment, the next president will have an opportunity to lead an institution that now rests on strong foundations and is poised to strategically seize the opportunities before it. The president must lead in developing a strategic plan; championing the liberal arts and sustainability; continue to steward and expand its financial resources; create, and where necessary strengthen, existing initiatives - whether academic or extracurricular; enhance recruitment and the retention of more students; productively and meaningfully engage with the campus and College’s surrounding community; and lead a talented and committed senior leadership team.
The next president must build on recent successes and continue to advance the institution and secure its well-being for future generations. The successful candidate will be a seasoned administrator with a background in sustainability, a successful track record in fundraising, an appreciation of shared governance, and an eagerness to innovate. This is an opportunity for a creative leader who resonates with the Northland story and is energized by the opportunity to lead the College to greater levels of achievement. Northland seeks a leader who will demonstrate passion and commitment to its mission and values; has a record of effective, visionary leadership; brings the expertise to manage its business model; and embraces the community within and surrounding Northland College.
Northland College has engaged Isaacson, Miller to assist with this search. Inquiries, nominations and applications should be directed in confidence to: www.imsearch.com/6393.
Northland College has adopted a strategic initiative to increase the diversity of its faculty and staff. The College provides equal opportunity for all qualified persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Northland College is an affirmative action employer. People of color, women, and others who would provide diverse perspectives to our College are encouraged to apply for this position.
Northland College is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. Northland College is an equal opportunity employer.