California State University, Dominguez Hills seeks a dynamic, community-focused leader with a strong commitment to diversity and student success to serve as its next president.
California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) is a comprehensive urban university located in the South Bay area of Los Angeles County and is one of the 23 universities of the California State University (CSU) system, the largest public four-year system of higher education in the United States. Established in 1960, and moved to its current location to serve the educational needs of local communities in 1966, CSUDH enrolls close to 15,000 students. Each year the university awards more than 3,000 undergraduate and graduate degrees, certificates and credentials through its six colleges: arts and humanities; business administration and public policy; education; extended and international education; natural and behavioral sciences and health, human services and nursing. CSUDH has a large distance learning program, serving more than 4,000 students annually. CSUDH competes in the NCAA Division II through 10 different sports and is one of 13 universities that compete in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA), the most prominent Division II conference in the nation. The Toros are proud to boast four NCAA national titles. The university is a leader in fostering a college-focused culture in the communities it serves and developing outstanding programs with a goal of becoming a national model for student success grounded in academic excellence.
The institution’s impact on the local community cannot be understated. Originally founded, in large part, as a response to the region’s need for higher educational opportunities, the campus continues to serve its deeply diverse population. For example, in 2009, the CSUDH Center for Orthotics and Prosthetics opened in nearby Long Beach to train practitioners who serve the Veterans Administration Long Beach Medical Center. CSUDH has established a Center for Innovation in STEM Education (CISE) that serves as a regional and national think-tank to address disparities and opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. CSUDH has credentialed more science and mathematics teachers in the state of California than any other institution over the past 10 years. In addition, service learning—a method of teaching that combines classroom instruction with meaningful community service—gives students real-world learning experiences that enhance their academic learning while providing a tangible benefit for the community. Sixty-five percent of CSUDH students participate in service learning projects each year. Today, CSUDH generates over $400 million in economic activity annually.
CSUDH’s commitment to success of its diverse student body is unwavering. As a Hispanic-Serving Institution, it ranks 33rd in the nation for the number of bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanic students and 8th in the nation for the number of liberal arts degrees awarded to Hispanic students. The university also ranks first in California for the number of bachelor’s degrees awarded to African American students. CSUDH ranked 33rd among 100 top colleges and universities in the country according to a 2014 TIME magazine ranking that assessed how well institutions serve students—placing the highest importance on graduation rates, affordability and percentage of students receiving Pell Grants. For the third year in a row, Washington Monthly magazine ranked CSUDH among the top ten in the nation for “contribution to public good.” U.S. News & World Report ranked CSUDH 12th among the most ethnically diverse universities in the West offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees in its 2013 annual “Best Colleges” report. The university is distinguished by a committed faculty, small classes and a diverse and growing student population, many of whom are the first generation in their family to attend a university.
The incoming president will be expected to provide leadership within a strong shared governance environment and build productive and sustainable relationships across CSUDH, within the local community and throughout the CSU system. The president should be highly committed to diversity and inclusion with an unwavering focus on student success and the mission of CSU. The president will work closely with campus constituents to leverage its current momentum and success by executing the campus’s strategic plan. It will be important for the next president to be knowledgeable and respectful of the institution’s social justice roots and how its founding continues to influence its culture and relationship with the local community. The president should have strong interpersonal skills, an inspirational and selfless leader and an active listener with high energy. The next president will have the opportunity to leverage CSUDH’s unique identity to become a national model for its contributions to the public good and resolute commitment to low-income, minority, first generation and adult college students. Additional information about the position, including a Leadership Profile, can be found at www.wittkieffer.com.
Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by January 18, 2018. Candidates should provide a CV, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile and the names and contact information of five references. Candidate confidentiality will be respected and references will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. Inquiries and application materials should be sent via email to the search consultants, Zachary A. Smith, Ph.D., Suzanne Teer and Sophie Stava of Witt/Kieffer, at CSUDominguezHillsPresident@wittkieffer.com. Questions may also be directed to the consultants through the office of Eden Stroud at 630-575-6154.
Documents that must be mailed may be sent to:
c/o Eden Stroud
2015 Spring Road, Suite 510
Oak Brook, IL 60523
The California State University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.