Presidential Search: Qualifications


An earned terminal degree is preferred. Candidates with evidence of extraordinary intellectual engagement will be considered. Significant experience in leadership roles is required. The President will identify with and make a commitment to the College as a Catholic, mission-driven, small liberal arts institution of higher learning.

The College's executive officer will be a person with high energy, highly developed people skills, and a can-do spirit. He or she will be of sound character and good judgment, and possess an inquiring mind.

The successful candidate will have:

  • the ability to advance the College’s mission with vision and conviction
  • a proven leadership style that evokes trust, encourages collaboration and reflects confident decision making
  • significant and successful experience in board relations and development
  • financial acumen and a deep understanding of small college finances and the challenges confronting independent institutions
  • demonstrated expertise in enrollment management and retention programs for both face-to-face and online, traditional and nontraditional, undergraduate and graduate students
  • proven leadership in fund-raising, working collaboratively with the Board of Trustees and Advancement staff to enhance resource development
  • a commitment to the principles of shared governance
  • a commitment to strengthening the College’s academic programs, liberal arts heritage and the development of 21st century learning styles and pedagogies in both face-to-face and online and other distributed learning modalities
  • an appreciation for the work of the faculty in teaching, learning, creativity and scholarship
  • a commitment to diversity in all of the College’s dimensions
  • a deep understanding and commitment to programs for students with learning differences since the College’s Academic Support Center for Students with Learning Differences has received national prominence and the ability to secure an endowment
  • a broad appreciation of the value of a residential college merging academics, student life and intercollegiate athletics into a character forming experience
  • the ability to connect authentically with students and understand their intellectual, spiritual, social and physical gifts and needs
  • a commitment to nurture and enhance the relationship between the College, the Sisters of Notre Dame and the Catholic Church