DePaul University — President

Founded in 1898 by the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentian) religious community, DePaul University is the nation’s largest Catholic institution of higher education and one of the ten largest private universities in the nation.  As a Vincentian and Catholic university, DePaul is a mission-driven institution committed to providing higher education of superior quality especially to those segments of our society that have not previously had access to higher education: first-generation college students, immigrants, the poor, and other underserved groups.

To further this mission, DePaul seeks a proven leader to serve as its 12th president.

DePaul is a Carnegie doctoral/research institution serving approximately 24,000 full- and part-time students.  The principal distinguishing marks of the university are its Catholic, Vincentian, and urban character.  Its 952 full-time faculty members pursue the preservation, enrichment, and transmission of knowledge and culture across a broad scope of academic disciplines organized into ten colleges and schools.  With one campus in the heart of Chicago’s business district, another in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, and two in surrounding suburbs, the university’s location in a world-class city affords many opportunities for students, faculty, and staff and many opportunities for the university to contribute to the city. About 60 percent of DePaul’s 160,000 living alumni reside in the Chicago metropolitan area.

DePaul’s president is the chief executive officer of the university and undertakes all the duties, responsibilities, and accountabilities traditionally associated with that role.  DePaul has for many years operated under the auspices of a series of successful strategic plans that guide the institution’s decision-making and the allocation of its resources.  The university’s current plan concludes in 2018, and its new president will thus benefit from the opportunity to lead the process to construct and implement its next plan.  It is widely anticipated that the new plan will articulate priorities and aspirations that will, in turn, provide the framework for a major comprehensive fundraising campaign in the foreseeable future.  The president will play an indispensable, personal role in planning and executing a successful capital campaign.

Together, DePaul’s strategic plan and the resultant campaign will undergird the university’s mission and provide even greater impact and benefits for its students.  DePaul’s next president will be positioned to lead the university into an exciting future based on its history, mission, and values to fulfill the many dreams of our students.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a track record as an entrepreneurial, collaborative leader of a diverse higher education enterprise, able to manage an institution of considerable size and complexity.  He or she will resonate deeply and personally with DePaul’s Catholic, Vincentian, urban mission and values, with specific accomplishments to demonstrate that resonance.  While all of its presidents historically have been Vincentian priests, DePaul’s board will actively consider both lay and religious candidates.  An earned terminal degree is required, and a record of teaching and scholarship commensurate with an appointment to DePaul’s faculty is preferred.  Of critical importance are the passion, experience, intelligence, and fortitude necessary to understand the current and emerging higher education marketplace, to position the institution for continued success in that marketplace, and to advocate effectively for the human, fiscal, and other resources necessary to pursue that success.

A full position description can be found here:  Leadership Profile

Nominations, referrals, and applications will be accepted until November 4, 2016; it is anticipated that the new president will take office during Summer 2017.  Electronic inquiries and submissions are strongly encouraged, including a letter of interest, current curriculum vitae, and the names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of three references (who will not be contacted without the candidate’s prior approval).  All correspondence should be directed to the Witt/Kieffer consultants assisting DePaul with this search, Dennis M. Barden and Elizabeth K. Bohan, at DePaulPresident@wittkieffer.com.

DePaul University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other status protected by law.


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