Fisk University — President

The Fisk University Presidential Search Committee, on behalf of the Board of Trustees of the University, seeks a strategic and transformational President to lead one of the nation’s most treasured academic institutions. In addition to galvanizing the Fisk community around a distinctive course for the University’s future, the President will be charged with enhancing student success, building strong partnerships, and attracting philanthropic support. Founded in 1866 as a private, historically black university, Fisk is celebrating 150 years of cultivating excellence within its faculty and preparing young people for achievement in every field of human endeavor. With an operating budget of $30M, it enrolls approximately 750 students and ranks 7th among historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in 2016. The Princeton Review also consistently includes Fisk on its list of The Best 373 Colleges in the nation and on its list of The Best Southeastern Colleges.

This year’s sesquicentennial marks a moment of careful reflection for the Board of Trustees, alumni, faculty, staff, students, donors, partners, and friends, as they recruit and select a leader to oversee the coming decade of strategic change. Refining its strong liberal arts curriculum, expanding interdisciplinary courses, animating the student experience, and renewing facilities are but a few of the key challenges facing the University. Toward these ends, the next President will leverage and build upon Fisk’s rich legacy of intellectual rigor and its supportive, family culture. As the oldest institution of higher learning in Nashville, Tennessee, the first predominantly black campus to receive a Phi Beta Kappa Society charter, and the first African-American institution to gain accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Fisk is an indispensable institution of both higher education and American history.

The successful candidate will bring a keen sense of the landscape of higher education and small colleges. He or she will be an inspiring team builder, powerful communicator and fundraiser; collaborative problem-solver, and adroit fiscal manager. Candidates should offer a distinguished record of senior leadership experience and professional achievement in higher education or an equivalent level of responsibility in business, government, or nonprofit enterprise. A sophisticated sense of the opportunities and challenges facing HBCUs and a passion for their purposes are essential. The President will be expected to champion Fisk’s mission and serve as its persuasive and dynamic ambassador locally, nationally, and internationally. A terminal degree is preferred but not required.

Fisk University has retained Isaacson, Miller to assist in this search. Confidential inquiries, nominations, referrals, and résumés with cover letters may be sent in confidence to:

Fisk University is an Equal Opportunity Employer