The Idaho State Board of Education invites applications and nominations for the position of president of Boise State University. It is anticipated that the new president will assume office during the summer of 2018.
Boise State University is a metropolitan doctoral research university with more than 24,000 students. It has established creative and research strengths in materials science and engineering, geosciences fine arts, creative writing, biomolecular studies, public policy and more. Located on the banks of the scenic Boise River and just blocks from the cultural, political and economic center of Idaho, Boise State’s vibrant campus has undergone a $400 million transformation over the past 15 years. Over the same time, Boise State more than doubled its graduate programming, earned a doctoral research designation by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, and has become a top choice for students from Idaho and across the West. The university has been called “demonstrably on the move” by the Chronicle of Higher Education and was one of five universities in the country recognized in 2017 by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities for innovative approaches to improving retention and graduation rates. It has welcomed record-setting first-year classes in the past two years and set a record for the number of total graduates in each of the past nine years. Boise State today boasts Idaho’s largest graduate school, enrolls around one-third of all students in Idaho’s public higher education system, and confers nearly half of all bachelor’s degrees awarded by the state’s public universities.
As the chief executive officer of Boise State University, the president is responsible for academic and administrative leadership, including advocacy and fundraising to support the institutional mission. The president facilitates, nurtures, coordinates, and supports the Boise State University administration, students, faculty, and staff, and carries out university, and Idaho State Board of Education policies and procedures. The President reports to the Idaho State Board of Education, which acts as the University’s Board of Trustees.
The successful candidate will have an earned terminal degree from an accredited college or university. He or she will have substantial experience in a senior leadership capacity in a highly complex environment, including direct supervisory roles. The successful candidate will have a strong record of academic achievement and curiosity, as well as exemplary professional experience. As well, he or she will have shown a demonstrable record of accomplishment in developing a climate respectful of diversity and inclusion. Moreover, she or he will have a proven record of academic and executive leadership based in shared governance, partnerships, and decision making.
Dr. Roderick J. McDavis, Dr. Sally Mason, and Dr. Garry W. Owens—all representing AGB Search—will be assisting the Boise State University Presidential Search Committee. Prospective nominators or potential candidates are encouraged to contact Dr. McDavis, Dr. Mason or Dr. Owens directly by email prior to submitting materials.
Application materials must be submitted electronically and should include: 1) a letter of interest that addresses specifically how the candidate’s experiences and qualifications intersect with Boise State’s qualifications and listed strategic priorities outlined in the leadership profile; 2) a curriculum vitae; and, 3) the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of five references for future contact — please also include your professional relationship with each reference listed. No references will be contacted without prior permission granted by the candidate. All candidate names will remain confidential, except for those individuals invited to campus interviews. Application and nomination materials should be submitted electronically by the target date of March 12, 2018 to: BoisePres@agbsearch.com
Boise State University is an equal opportunity employer and educator. The University believes that commitment to fairness and respect for all creates an environment that is conducive to the free and open exchange of ideas. Boise State University is committed to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and qualified applicants for employment as provided for by federal, state and local law. The University endeavors to recruit, hire, train, and promote employees in all job titles in accordance with the University’s Affirmative Action Program. All other personnel actions are administered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or any other status as protected under applicable federal, state or local law.
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