Converse University
Spartanburg, South Carolina

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Converse University, a private, liberal arts, residential, doctoral degree-granting institution located in Spartanburg, SC is seeking an innovative, visionary, strategic leader to serve as the University’s 12th President. Converse’s mission is to empower students to become transformative leaders who see clearly, decide wisely, and act justly and whose vision is to advance a culture of belonging and collaboration that ignites creativity, innovation, and transformation.

Founded in 1889 as Converse College, an institution for women, the College matured into one of the leading colleges for women in the South. In 1964, Converse introduced graduate programs, including the Master of Art in Teaching (MAT) program, the first degree of its kind in South Carolina. In 2019, Converse marked a historic milestone with its new status as a doctoral degree-granting institution. In 2020, Converse College decided to expand its undergraduate residential program from single gender to co-educational. The Board of Trustees also approved a name change from college to university, effective July 1, 2021. The name change acknowledges Converse’s long-held university status and positions the institution to lead the charge for educational and economic excellence in the region. Within the University umbrella, Converse maintains the Converse College for Women, an empowering undergraduate living-learning community that focuses on mentorship, service, and leadership that continues a sisterhood that spans more than 130 years. Converse serves a diverse student body with a total enrollment of approximately 1500 students, of which approximately 850 are undergraduates. Students hail from 29 states and 9 countries. Converse offers these students a comprehensive academic program that merges the liberal arts and career-focused majors where every student can participate in experiential learning: internships, student research, leadership development, community service, and study-travel. Academic programs at Converse are offered through five schools and departments: The Arts; Education & Graduate Studies; Humanities, Sciences, & Business; Converse College for Women; and Converse International School.


Converse is located in the vibrant city of Spartanburg, and within easy driving distance of Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, and Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, and less than a half-day’s drive from several major regional destinations. Unmatched statewide in economic development for new investment and job creation, Spartanburg is a higher education hub with seven diverse institutions; home to a thriving cultural district with public art on nearly every corner; and community-minded approaches to education and public health.

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The President serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the University with responsibility for ensuring the success of the institution’s mission, academic integrity, fiscal stability and viability, enrollment management, fundraising efforts, personnel development, and physical plant management. In doing so, the President works closely with the Board of Trustees in developing, communicating, and executing a strategy consistent with the overall mission, vision, and core values of Converse. As such, the President will provide innovative and visionary leadership serving a community of scholars, where students and faculty pursue scholarly excellence and collaborate in the search for truth while developing in students personal honor, confidence, curiosity, and skills to be life-long learners. Overall, the President provides leadership for the University’s 92 faculty and 143 staff.

The ideal candidate will exhibit a passion and commitment to an academically excellent, student-centered, liberal arts education in a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming environment, along with a proven record of successful leadership and managerial skills. The new President should become personally invested in the future of Converse, continue to raise the profile of the University, and promote its mission. As such, the President will provide innovative and visionary leadership in academic, fiscal, administrative, and professional matters, relative to all faculty, staff, and students at the University. He/she will espouse and model leadership principles based on integrity, honesty, sincerity, inclusiveness, collaboration, humility, servant leadership, and compassion. The successful candidate will possess exceptional interpersonal, communication and public speaking skills, along with a strong financial acumen and superior business management abilities. This dynamic fundraiser will enthusiastically participate in activities of the campus, greater Converse community, the city of Spartanburg, and the state and surrounding region. Appropriate academic credentials are required; a terminal degree is strongly preferred. However, interested individuals with outstanding success in business or a professional career are encouraged to apply. Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

Buffkin / Baker

To make a nomination, provide a referral, or for additional information, please use the contact information below. While applications and nominations will be accepted until a successful candidate has been appointed, interested parties are encouraged to submit their materials by, or preferably before, December 3, 2021. To apply, please submit a resume and/or vita, and cover letter, to: [email protected]

Ken Carrick, Partner


Janny DeLoache, Principal


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