The Board of Trustees of St. Thomas Aquinas College (STAC) invites inquiries, applications and nominations for the position of President. STAC is a coeducational, independent, nonprofit institution of higher education founded in 1952 by the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill, whose values and spirit continue to pervade the campus. Located in Orangetown, NY, the College is set on a bucolic, suburban 60-acre campus in the historic Hudson Valley just 15 miles outside of New York City and in close proximity to the major metropolitan area of northern New Jersey. The College serves both undergraduate and graduate students, offering a values-based education in the liberal arts and sciences, business, and education. The new President is expected to take office on July 1, 2020.
Throughout its history STAC has remained committed to the core principle of its namesake: to enlighten the mind through truth. Following the precepts of Thomas Aquinas, the College sees the nexus of teaching and learning to be the foundation of the quest to improve the human condition. Today, the College attracts and supports students of all faith traditions and seeks to foster a commitment to community and social justice through its academic and co-curricular programming.
Total enrollment for Academic Year 2017-2018 included 1,778 undergraduates and 137 graduate students. STAC has a robust dual enrollment program with local high schools, enrolling nearly 900 students each semester. STAC offers a wide range of academic majors, minors, and specializations at the undergraduate level, enabling students to earn degrees in Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Science in Education. They also offer a Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Education, Master of Science in Teaching, and Master of Public Administration in Criminal Justice, as well as Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees. In addition to its own graduate programs, the College has created articulation agreements with other colleges and universities, including New York University, New York Medical College and Manhattan College. Furthermore, the College has two remote locations (West Point and Sullivan Correctional Facility) that allow STAC to extend the fulfillment of its mission. The College is in the midst of an ambitious $29-million comprehensive campaign to raise funds to support student scholarships, academic innovation, athletics and wellness, and student housing.
The next President of STAC will be a visionary and entrepreneurial leader who will be able to advance innovation while embracing the rich heritage and values of the institution, continuing the spirit of community and family that abounds on campus. The STAC community will look to the President for empowerment, collaboration, and exemplary leadership to take advantage of opportunities to strengthen the institution for long-term success. It is expected that the new President will foster and promote a strong sense of community both on campus and within the local community. Of great importance will be a demonstrable track record and strong examples of transformational leadership providing evidence of vision and strategy development, stakeholder alignment and mobilization, and sustainable results and impact. This will be necessary to ensure the College's next leader is capable of transitioning STAC to its next phase of academic excellence and relevancy in a continuously and rapidly evolving market for higher education, graduates, and faculty.
For more information about this opportunity, position requirements, as well as application and nomination procedures, please review the full position profile located on the Academic Search website at www.academicsearch.org/searches/. Additional information about the institution may be found at https://www.stac.edu.
The position will remain open until filled, but only applications received by Wednesday, September 4, 2019 can be assured full consideration. This search is being assisted by Academic Search, Inc. Nominators and prospective candidates may arrange a confidential discussion about this opportunity with one of the Senior Consultants. Maya Ranchod Kirkhope may be reached directly at [email protected] or (703) 380-9195 and Sharon Herzberger at [email protected] or (562) 298-2804.
It is the policy of St. Thomas Aquinas College that no person on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnic origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability shall be discriminated against, excluded from participation or employment in, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity for which St. Thomas Aquinas College is responsible.
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