Director, THRIVE

Brunswick, Maine
Jan 18, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Bowdoin College invites nominations and applications for the inaugural THRIVE Director. One of the nation's oldest and finest institutions of higher education, Bowdoin seeks an energetic, innovative, and highly ambitious individual to establish and lead a college-wide initiative designed to foster achievement, belonging, mentorship, and transition in support of low-income and first-generation students as well as those traditionally underrepresented on college campuses. A $5-million gift from Netflix co-founder and CEO Reed Hastings '83 will provide for the development of this new program to substantially transform the college experience, selecting and overseeing an annual cohort and managing a summer institute, improving and streamlining the academic support resources that the College offers. Reporting to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, the inaugural Director will engage students as well as faculty and staff across the campus, in an effort to put the College at the forefront of student success.

Bowdoin stands at a significant moment of opportunity and responsibility. Increasingly, College policies have enabled talented students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds to enroll. The Class of 2021 at Bowdoin College is, by several measures, the most culturally diverse and socioeconomically representative class in the College's history. A record 52% of the class receives financial aid at Bowdoin; 34% are students of color; and more than 16% are members of the first generation of their family to attend college. These students often face challenges navigating the college environment and finding a path to success. While Bowdoin currently provides a wealth of academic and co-curricular resources, these resources will be expanded and made more cohesive, comprehensive and accessible.

THRIVE comprises a range of undertakings, including academic enrichment, service and leadership development, peer-mentoring, financial support, and the newly established Bowdoin Scholars program. THRIVE will also create physical space on campus where students can gather to discuss their college experiences, learn from one another, and reflect on their academic and co-curricular challenges and accomplishments. Importantly, this space will also serve as a location for students, faculty, staff, and administrators to convene to engage one another around topics of relevance to low-income, first-generation, and traditionally underrepresented students.

The successful candidate will bring a relentless commitment to supporting students and a desire to help shape the future of the Bowdoin College experience. The Director will be highly collaborative and a visible and engaged member of the campus community. This person will bring deep knowledge of issues pertaining to persistence and success for low-income, first-generation, and traditionally underrepresented students combined with an understanding and appreciation of a liberal arts education.

Bowdoin has engaged Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist with this search. Inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed in confidence to Andrew Lee, Vice President or Jon Miller, Senior Associate at Isaacson, Miller:

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