Staten Island
Jun 08, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


The Unique Assets of Wagner and its Presidency: The opportunity to lead at Wagner begins with its extraordinary location in New York City and on Staten Island. The breathtaking and inspiring views from Grymes Hill on Staten Island are unmatched in American higher education as are the opportunities for living and learning in a safe, park-like setting that is part of the most vibrant city and metropolitan area in the United States.

There is at Wagner a profound passion for the educational mission of the institution that is held in trust by an exceptionally committed and engaged board, faculty, and staff. Their love of Wagner and its students is palpable. The faculty of Wagner are selfless and are marked by an unusual sense of the cooperative nature of the academic work they share and a congenial sense of espirit de corps among faculty, staff, and students. These are the essential ingredients of an outstanding community, which is fully focused around the preparation of its students for consequential lives as citizens and leaders. Combined with innovative academic programs, a strong tradition of co-curricular learning and NCAA Division I athletics, the foundation is strong for Wagner moving forward. These are the unique assets of Wagner that make the presidency a great opportunity for a special leader. The 19th president of Wagner College will receive the leadership baton from President Richard Guarasci, who has provided exceptional leadership at the institution since 1997, having served as president since 2002.

About Wagner College: Wagner College, a truly distinctive small, private, traditionally residential liberal arts college within the five boroughs of New York City, seeks a leader of integrity, experience and wisdom as its next president. Located on a beautiful 105-acre campus on Staten Island, Wagner is home to a close-knit community of 2,200 bright students and is a short ferry ride away from access to high-profile internships and urban adventures in Manhattan. Wagner's nationally-recognized academic program, the Wagner Plan for the Practical Liberal Arts, combines learning communities with civic engagement, internships, and research and ensures that students graduate with skills that employers value.

Qualifications: The 19th president of Wagner College must possess an earned doctorate, a comparable terminal degree, or an equivalent combination of education and experience and an established record of successful institutional leadership.

Leadership and Personal Qualities: The next president of Wagner will become part of an organization that has transformed itself during the course of the past 25 years and will be expected to build upon this foundation during the course of the coming decade and beyond. The next president will also be:
• A visionary leader of demonstrated accomplishment who can fully engage the faculty and staff in articulating and shaping the educational vision for Wagner;
• An effective team builder and manager of the very talented executive leadership team who work daily in support of faculty and staff to realize Wagner's mission and vision by stewarding and increasing its resources;
• A leader with a strong record of demonstrated success and a willingness and ability to grow resources;
• A student-centered leader who recognizes and affirms the mission of Wagner to prepare future citizen leaders;
• An energetic person who both sets the tone and the example for faculty, staff, and students with the capacity for building enthusiasm about Wagner;
• A deeply engaged leader in the life of the campus, Staten Island, and New York City; with Wagner alumni around the world; and in national higher education circles;
• A person of integrity and authenticity; an individual with a "true north" and a person who is both "thick-skinned and thin-skinned" to have simultaneously the strength to continually move forward combined with the ability to listen, learn, and adapt in an environment of transparency;
• A person willing to make a deep personal commitment to Wagner by extending the benefits of continuity of leadership that have been essential to the College's growth during the past 25 years; and
• An authentic person who has a good sense of humor.

Additional information on the institution and position can be found in the position profile under Current Searches at

How to Apply: Nominations, applications, and inquiries may be sent in complete confidence. Full consideration will be given to all applications received by September 15. Application materials (to include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the full contact information for five references – who will not be contacted without permission) must be electronically submitted to:
[email protected].

Assisting Wagner College in this search are Jay Lemons ( [email protected] ), Ann Die Hasselmo ( [email protected] ), and Chris Butler ( [email protected] ), consultants with Academic Search, Inc., Washington, D.C. Further information about Wagner is available at

Located in an increasingly diverse metropolitan area, Wagner College is committed to scholarship and community outreach relevant to the needs of New York City. Wagner values campus diversity (domestic and international) and in keeping with this initiative, it welcomes applications from diverse candidates and candidates who support diversity and internationalization efforts.

Wagner College provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Wagner College complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.


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