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President and CEO

American Association of State Colleges and Universities
Washington D.C.

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Executive Administration Jobs
Presidents & Chancellors, C-Level & Executive Directors
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

President and CEO

The Board of Directors of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) invites applications and nominations for a dynamic, innovative, and equity-minded leader to serve as its next president and chief executive officer (CEO). After five years of exemplary service, the current president, Dr. Mildred García, is leaving AASCU well-positioned and with an impressive collection of programs and services, strong relationships with key funders, and a reputation for successfully promoting student success, access, opportunity, and social and economic mobility. The new president and CEO will build on this foundation to extend into the future AASCU's legacy as a champion of public, four-year institutions that serve a diverse student population. The new president and CEO is expected to take office in January 2024 for this full-time, in-person position located at the AASCU office in Washington, D.C. This position also requires travel.

AASCU is a higher education association of 350 public colleges, universities, and systems whose member institutions advance social mobility for students of all backgrounds, positively impacting them, their families, and their communities for generations to come. For more than 60 years, AASCU has worked with its members to deliver on the American promise of access, affordability, and educational opportunity and on the commitment to serve as stewards of place in their communities. AASCU's suite of programs and services are responsive to member institutions and focused on prioritizing equitable outcomes, helping shape legislative priorities, equipping campus leaders, developing global citizens, making vital connections, and providing customized support.

The next president and CEO of AASCU will be an experienced college or university president/chancellor who has recently served at a regional public institution and has a deep understanding of the current higher education landscape and the challenges of the students, leaders, and campuses AASCU serves. More information about AASCU and the priorities and qualifications for the next president and CEO is provided in the search profile, available for download at:

Nominations, applications, and inquiries may be sent in complete confidence. Applications must include a thoughtful letter of interest addressing, as appropriate, the leadership agenda/priorities and desired qualities and attributes outlined in the search profile; a curriculum vitae; and a list of five professional references with contact information (who will not be contacted without permission). All materials should be sent to:

The position is open until filled, but only applications received by September 29, 2023, will be guaranteed full consideration. Confidential discussions about the position are welcome and may be arranged by contacting Jay Lemons at, Maria Thompson at, or Jennifer Kooken at

Equal Opportunity Employer

AASCU is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Commitment to Diversity

AASCU is committed to creating and maintaining a workplace in which all employees have an opportunity to participate and contribute to the success of the business and are valued for their skills, experience, and unique perspectives. This commitment is embodied in all association policies and the way business is done at AASCU.

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