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President, Kentucky Wesleyan College

Kentucky Wesleyan College, a liberal arts institution that prepares students intellectually, spiritually, and physically to achieve success in life, seeks an outstanding leader as President. The College is located in Owensboro, Kentucky, the business and cultural hub of western Kentucky, which is situated on the banks of the Ohio River. Founded by the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1858, Kentucky Wesleyan is an environment where student success is the top priority. Students learn to think critically, communicate effectively, and live ethically in a complex and rapidly changing world. Kentucky Wesleyan offers 29 majors and 13 pre-professional curriculums to 738 full-time, on-campus students with a student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1. These programs are organized within four academic divisions: Fine Arts & Humanities, Natural Sciences & Mathematics, Professional Studies, and Social Sciences. Students and faculty value Kentucky Wesleyan’s small community and intimate classroom settings for the personal attention given to student progress and cultivation of critical thinking skills.

Kentucky Wesleyan College was ranked No. 15 in the nation in the Baccalaureate Colleges category of the 2018 Washington Monthly College Rankings, based on their contribution to social mobility, research, and promoting public service. College Consensus also recognized Wesleyan with the No. 2 ranking in the Best Colleges and Universities in Kentucky for 2018, while Princeton Review named the College “Best in the Southeast” for the 15th consecutive year. Kentucky Wesleyan is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate degrees and is approved by the University Senate of the General Board of Higher Education & Ministry as a United Methodist-related academic institution. The Kentucky Wesleyan Panthers compete in the NCAA Division II and are members of the Great Midwestern Athletic Conference.

Desired Presidential Attributes

The Presidential Search Committee seeks a proven leader who fundamentally understands the mission, needs, and value of a liberal arts college environment. Other characteristics sought by the search committee are intellectual achievement; impeccable integrity; a record of successful leadership; fundraising and major campaign experience; demonstrable success in promoting diversity and inclusion; transparency and communication; well-developed fiscal and management skills; excellence in human relations; and creative problem solving. Candidates should have an earned doctorate, a comparable terminal degree, or the equivalent combination of education and experience.

Search Process

Nominations, applications, and inquiries may be sent in complete confidence. Full consideration will be given to all applications received by Thursday, August 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 Kentucky Wesleyan College in this search are Ann Die Hasselmo ([email protected]) and Chris Butler ([email protected]), consultants with Academic Search, Inc., Washington, D.C. Additional information can be found in the profile at https://academic-search.com/sites/default/files/KWCPresidentProfile.pdf. Further information about Kentucky Wesleyan is available at http://kwc.edu/.


Kentucky Wesleyan College is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made without respect to color, race, national origin, religion, sex, age, genetic disposition, disability that does not relate to the job, veteran status or any other basis that would be in violation of any applicable federal, state, or local law.




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Posted: 6/11/2019
Application Due: 8/10/2019
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