Clarion, Pennsylvania
Mar 27, 2018
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Clarion University of Pennsylvania is pleased to invite qualified submissions of interest and nominations of candidates to become the 17th president of this outstanding University.

The Clarion University Presidential Search Committee is seeking a transformational leader with experience in expressing a passion for the mission of public education and inspiring teamwork who will continue to do so with our exceptionally qualified and committed faculty and staff.  The new president must articulate Clarion’s values of providing relevant programs and practice-based learning experiences to fulfill the ever-changing needs of its students, its community and the 21st-century workplace.  The new president will not only fundraise but “friendraise” so that the university’s many and broad-based constituents are joining together exemplifying our legacy of being a public institution that believes in the potential of every student.

Clarion’s next president will have the opportunity to lead a vibrant, teaching-focused, student-centered university towards successes in the 21st century.  The successful candidate will have earned a terminal degree and possess a strong record of leadership as a senior administrator. 

Founded in 1867, and now celebrating its 150th anniversary of providing exceptional educational opportunity for students, Clarion University specializes in preparing students for professional careers in fields including education, business, health and human services, and arts and sciences. Enrolling more than 5,200 students from 45 states and 16 countries, Clarion University’s diverse academic portfolio includes 97 certificate, associate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctorate degree programs, 60 minors, and 16 teacher certification programs offered both online and on-ground across two state-of-the art campuses.

Clarion University is a proud member of Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education. The president is the institution’s chief executive, reporting to the Board of Governors of the State System through the Chancellor. The President also works closely with the university's Council of Trustees regarding university policy and fiduciary matters.

A complete presidential prospectus may be found at  For additional information about Clarion University, visit

To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by April 12, 2018, and include a letter of interest expressing how the candidate’s experience and qualifications meet the strategic priorities and desired leadership criteria identified in the presidential prospectus. In addition, submissions should include a curriculum vitae and five professional references with associated email addresses and phone numbers. References will not be contacted without prior authorization from the applicant. All candidate names will remain confidential with the exception of those individuals invited to campus interviews. Application and nomination materials should be submitted electronically to [email protected]. If you had applied for this position earlier, you need not reapply.

Please direct questions to Garry W. Owens, Ph.D., or Sally Mason, Ph.D., Executive Search Consultants, AGB Search at [email protected], or [email protected]. Prospective candidates are encouraged to contact or Dr. Owens or Dr. Mason by email to arrange a phone conversation to discuss this opportunity.

To ensure the strength of the State System of Higher Education, the Board of Governors recently adopted a resolution to commit to the long-term sustainability of each of the 14 state-owned universities. In so doing, they have identified three strategic priorities: (1) ensuring student success; (2) leveraging the strengths of each university; and (3) transforming the governance and leadership structure.

Clarion University of Pennsylvania is committed to equal employment and equal educational opportunities for all individuals regardless of gender, gender identity, race or color, ethnicity, national origin or ancestry, age, mental or physical disability, religion or creed, genetic information, affectional or sexual orientation, veteran status, or other classifications that are protected under applicable law.

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