Saint Joseph, Missouri
Dec 05, 2018
Executive Administration Jobs
Presidents & Chancellors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Missouri Western State University is pleased to invite qualified submissions of interest and nominations of candidates to become the fifth President of this outstanding University.

The President is Missouri Western’s chief executive, reporting to the Board of Governors and working closely with the University Foundation. The next President of Missouri Western will be a transformational leader who builds on the exceptional strengths of the University, including its statewide applied learning mission, strong teaching tradition, rich environment for scholarship, high quality faculty, committed staff, inspirational students, and who will work closely with the supportive community of St. Joseph, Missouri. The Search Committee anticipates the next President will take office in summer 2019 following appointment by the Board of Governors.

Founded in 1915, Missouri Western State University is a comprehensive public university located on over 700 acres in St. Joseph. Missouri Western provides a blend of traditional liberal arts, fine arts, business and professional degree programs. As the state’s largest open-enrollment university, Missouri Western serves a diverse student population, and more than 40 percent of its students are first generation. Missouri Western is also designated as the state’s official applied learning university, so all students gain hands-on, practical experience in their chosen fields before graduation. With its focus on affordability, access and hands-on learning, Missouri Western is poised for growth. Over the past two years, the number of incoming freshmen has jumped 22.6 percent and total enrollment has grown nearly six percent. This year, Missouri Western adopted its latest five-year strategic plan, Pathways to Excellence, with an overarching goal of student success through a culture that demonstrates the University’s values of service, quality, enthusiasm, freedom, respect and courage.

The fifth President of Missouri Western State University will be a dynamic and inclusive leader who passionately embraces and promotes the University’s statewide mission in applied learning and identity as an open access, comprehensive regional university on the rise. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to diversity, a distinguished record of collaboration with various constituencies, and the ability to work effectively with legislators on behalf of the University. The candidate of choice will have a strong academic background and a substantial record of accomplishment at the executive level, demonstrated success in fundraising and external relations, and a Ph.D. or other terminal degree.

Missouri Western State University is committed to the educational, economic, cultural, and social development of the region it serves. The historic city of St. Joseph has a population of approximately 76,000, a metropolitan statistical area of about 127,000, and a favorable location 30 minutes north of Kansas City International Airport and forty-five minutes to downtown Kansas City. Missouri Western is the sixth largest employer in St. Joseph and appreciates the benefits of many effective partnerships with regional business and industry, government agencies, and school districts. The University hosts the Summer Training Camp for the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs.

A complete presidential leadership profile may be found at For additional information about Missouri Western State University, visit

The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. For full consideration, application materials should be received by January 7, 2019 and include a letter of interest that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the position profile, a curriculum vitae, and five professional references with email addresses and telephone numbers. References will not be contacted without the prior knowledge and approval of candidates. Application materials should be sent electronically (PDF format or Microsoft Word) to [email protected]. All applications and nominations will be handled in confidence.

AGB Search is assisting Missouri Western State University with this very important search. Candidates are encouraged to reach out to the consultants to discuss this opportunity.

Garry W. Owens, Executive Search Consultant, AGB Search

[email protected]

C: 806.239.3049

Kimberly Templeton, Principal, AGB Search

[email protected]

O: 202.776.0820

C: 540.761.9494

Missouri Western is committed to providing a diverse campus environment. Applicants for underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply.