Lincoln, Nebraska
Oct 02, 2018
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The Board of Governors and its Presidential Search Committee announce the search for the 17th president of Nebraska Wesleyan University. The search begins after more than a decade of dedicated and successful leadership by Dr. Frederik Ohles, who has announced his retirement. This search comes as the university is experiencing strong fiscal stability and outstanding momentum with enrollment, fundraising, academics and athletic achievement.

Nebraska Wesleyan University, located in Lincoln, Nebraska is a thriving, growing, comprehensive, liberal arts-based institution with approximately 2,100 students. Its academic programs are rooted in an enduring commitment to excellence, a belief in the power of personal attention, teaching and learning, and a strong tradition of shared governance. NWU has a long history of producing remarkable results. Chartered by Methodists in 1887, Nebraska Wesleyan has an ongoing, beneficial relationship with the United Methodist Church. Its core values are: community, diversity, excellence, liberal arts, personal attention, and stewardship.

U.S. News & World Report has recognized Nebraska Wesleyan in the Regional Universities-Midwest category since 2016, following its recent growth as a comprehensive university. NWU is in the top ten percent of all colleges and universities in this category, ranking 17th among 175 institutions. Nebraska Wesleyan has also been recognized favorably by The Princeton Review, Forbes, Colleges of Distinction, and Money Magazine. It is a founding member of the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree Campus USA program and has been named a military-friendly school. 

New student enrollment for Fall 2018 reached a record high in Nebraska Wesleyan’s 131-year history. Traditional student enrollment has grown 20 percent in the past four years. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Nebraska Wesleyan offers five baccalaureate degrees—Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Science in Nursing—and four master’s degrees—Master of Business Administration, Master of Education, Master of Science in Nursing, and a joint MSN/MBA. It will launch a Master of Social Work in fall 2019 and is in the planning stages of a Master of Athletic Training. NWU’s largest undergraduate programs are business/accounting/economics, nursing, health & human performance, psychology, and biology. The theatre program, recognized as one of the top 25 programs in the country, is extraordinary for an institution of this type, with 100 majors and a new main-stage production opening every two to three weeks during the academic year.

Nebraska Wesleyan’s Lincoln location brings with it an inviting combination of opportunity and energy. With a population of 280,000, Nebraska’s growing and youthful capital city has been dubbed the “Silicon Prairie” for its many high-tech startup firms. The American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) has named Lincoln a top college city in the U.S. and a top place for college graduates to work. The city has a rich cultural life with theaters, museums, art galleries, a children’s science museum and zoo, 6,000 acres of public parks, and excellent hiking trails. Lincoln celebrates diversity in all its forms and proudly serves as a refugee resettlement city. At any given time, more than 65 different languages are spoken in Lincoln's excellent public and private K-12 school systems.

Nebraska Wesleyan has a robust campus environment with more than 90 student-run organizations, including six fraternities and sororities. NWU is the only NCAA DIII school in Nebraska and competes in the American Rivers Conference. The Prairie Wolves have celebrated many conference championships as well as national championships in 2018 in men’s basketball and in 2006 in men’s golf. The university is a nationally-recognized leader for combined excellence in academics and athletics, ranking eighth in the nation (among all divisions, all time) with 173 Academic All-Americans and sixth in the nation for NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships. 

Nebraska Wesleyan University’s next president will be a servant leader with experience managing a complex organization. She or he will bring a highly-relational approach, outstanding communication skills, authenticity, and self-confidence balanced with humility, integrity of the highest order, a strong work ethic, and a clear understanding of higher education to her or his work. The Presidential Search Committee is eager to consider many possible pathways to the Nebraska Wesleyan University presidency. Candidates possessing a terminal degree will be preferred.

Detailed information about the position, a leadership agenda, and the application process are available in the search profile at:

The Nebraska Wesleyan University Presidential Search Committee will begin to evaluate the applicant pool during the fall of 2018. Although applications will be welcomed until the time that a new president is selected, candidates should submit materials by November 19, 2018 to ensure fullest consideration. All application materials will be considered in full confidence and should be submitted electronically to [email protected]. The new president is expected to begin work on July 1, 2019.

Ms. Julie E. Tea - Partner, Ms. Susan Van Gilder - Partner, and Ms. Julie Williams-Krishnan - Senior Associate at Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, LP are partnering with Nebraska Wesleyan University in this search. Nominators and prospective candidates are encouraged to contact them at [email protected] to arrange confidential conversations.  

Diversity is a core value of Nebraska Wesleyan University’s mission and we embrace it as a source of strength. Nebraska Wesleyan University provides equal educational and employment opportunities to qualified persons in all areas of university operation without regard to religion or creed, age, genetic information, gender identity and expression, sexual identity and orientation, veteran status, disability, marital status, race, or national or ethnic origin, in compliance with state and federal laws, including but not limited to Title XII, Title IX, and the ADA.


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