The Saint Mary’s College Board of Trustees announces the search for the College’s 14th president and invites nominations, expressions of interest, and applications for the position.
A Catholic, women’s college of national standing in the liberal arts tradition, Saint Mary’s has a history of empowering women to make a difference in the world. Located in Notre Dame, Indiana, the College was founded in 1844 by the Sisters of the Holy Cross and today enjoys a robust and mutually supportive relationship with the founding congregation. For over 175 years, Saint Mary’s has been providing women with groundbreaking educational opportunities in an environment in which they can thrive. The College has a strong record of developing women’s voices, minds, faith, and values through four years of self-discovery and academic coursework — a mission it now shares with a larger coeducational audience through innovative graduate programs. The College sustains a close-knit student community of approximately 1,500 undergraduates, 157 full-time faculty, and 315 staff on a beautiful 140-acre campus.
This is an ideal moment for a visionary and energetic president to join the College. The next president will be deeply dedicated to the Saint Mary’s mission and will, joining with a talented faculty and administration, define a clear vision and strategic path forward for the College. The president will work to ensure the financial stability of the College through energetic fund-raising and creative revenue diversification, be a leader in and serve as a strong voice for Catholic, women’s higher education, and build strong relationships with various Saint Mary’s stakeholders including and especially a loyal and dedicated alumnae body. The successful candidate will be an inspiring leader who can engage the College’s diverse community in further developing and executing a clear, contemporary, and distinctive vision for a liberal arts education for women that serves society and sustains Saint Mary’s on the path to a successful future.
In order to help the College meet its aspirations, the next president should be a committed Catholic who personifies the institution’s mission and ethos as well as the charism, values, and educational vision of the Sisters of the Holy Cross. The president will be an experienced and collaborative leader with the capacity to be a successful fund-raiser who communicates readily and effectively with an engaged community. The ideal candidate will possess a combination of academic credentials and intellectual abilities that will command the respect of the community; a record of exceptional leadership that demonstrates proven ability to align vision with capability, capacity, and resources, preferably within the academy; evidence of successful executive or managerial experience sufficient to lead a complex institution; and an understanding of current trends and potential strategies that will help Saint Mary’s continue to thrive in the evolving higher education marketplace.
Confidential inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should provide a resume or CV, letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile, available at www.wittkieffer.com and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. These materials should be sent electronically via email to Saint Mary’s consultants Robin Mamlet, Sheila Murphy, and Christine Pendleton at [email protected]. For fullest consideration, materials should be received by no later than October 4, 2019.
All College policies, practices, and procedures are administered in a manner consistent with the College’s Catholic identity. With the foregoing understanding, Saint Mary’s College will not engage in discrimination based on sex, race, color, national origin, religion (except where religion is a bona fide occupational qualification), age, disability, citizenship status, genetic information, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Based on its Catholic values, the College also prohibits discrimination based on sexual or political orientation.
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