Brooklyn, New York
Courage, Strength, and Fortitude
Medgar Evers College, part of The City University of New York (CUNY), seeks a collaborative, innovative, student-centered leader and scholar to serve as its next president. This is an attractive opportunity for an experienced and visionary leader with a sincere commitment to preserving the rich legacy of Medgar Evers College as an urban, social-justice focused, Predominantly Black Institution.
Born out of the civil rights movement and social justice struggles of the late ’60s, the College was named for the slain civil rights leader and icon Medgar Wiley Evers, who stood for excellence and the fight to preserve human rights and equality. The College’s philosophy that education has the power to positively transform the lives of individuals is still at the core of its mission. Located in the heart of Central Brooklyn, Medgar Evers College enrolled 5,800 students, mostly in credit-bearing degree programs in the Fall of 2019.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2020, Medgar Evers College grew out of a community effort committed to serving students with diverse educational, socioeconomic, political and cultural backgrounds. The opportunity to lead this institution comes at a crucial time in this nation’s history when protestors across the country are calling for social justice and racial equality, themes that underscored the civil rights work of the College’s namesake. The College and the broader Central Brooklyn community are filled with talented, entrepreneurial, diverse and engaged individuals eager to welcome and partner with the school’s next president to advance these ideas of equity, inclusiveness and justice.
The Medgar Evers College president leads a community-driven college with a mission to develop and maintain high-quality, professional, career-oriented undergraduate degree programs in the context of a liberal education. As a Predominantly Black Institution in the CUNY system, the College educates students across four schools and 30 degree programs and is recognized for its quality and affordability. It is among the top 25 public northern regional colleges in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 national rankings, as well as a top performer on rankings highlighting social mobility. The College has nearly 1,100 staff and faculty and a budget of $93 million.
Reporting to the Chancellor, the president will have an opportunity to establish a lasting legacy that honors the school’s mission and namesake and restores its luster as a proud beacon of opportunity. This leader must reestablish the College’s prominence and reputation in Central Brooklyn and beyond; serve as the model for student-centered leadership at the College; lead the effort to carve out the College’s niche in a competitive higher education landscape; develop a sustainable business model and promote the College externally to attract new resources; and foster meaningful engagement with external communities. The President will need to partner and collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to achieve these goals. Candidates should bring a deep commitment to the Medgar Evers College mission, a record of successful and strategic executive leadership, fundraising ability, and a proven history of building an inclusive, diverse and equitable campus culture.
Review of candidates will begin in November 2020 with first-round candidate interviews targeted for January 2021. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by December 15, 2020.
Isaacson, Miller has been retained to assist in this recruitment. Applications, including a résumé/CV, letter of interest, and list of names and contact information for five references (individuals who report or reported to the applicant, to whom the applicant reports or reported, faculty members, and community/business leaders), should be sent electronically to:
Keight Tucker Kennedy, Partner
Sheryl Ash, Partner
Martens Roc, Senior Associate
1300 19th Street NW
Washington, DC 20010
CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category including sexual orientation or gender identity.