Flagler College — President

The Flagler College Board of Trustees announces the search for the third president of this distinctive, nationally-ranked, independent college, located in historic St. Augustine, Florida, the nation’s oldest city.

Flagler College opened as a college for women in September 1968, but reorganized two years later under the strong leadership of William L. Proctor, who served as president until 2001. The current president, William Abare, Jr. who will retire in June of 2017, has led the college as president since 2001, and he has served the institution in a distinguished fashion in other leadership capacities for more than 45 years.

The college was established as a memorial to Henry M. Flagler, industrialist, oil magnate, and pioneer of the railroad and tourism industries in Florida. The centerpiece of the campus is the former Ponce de Leon Hotel, a grand resort built in 1888 by Mr. Flagler. The hotel has been designated a National Historic Landmark and 19 of the 32 campus buildings are historic structures. The college serves 2,500 full-time students on the 28-acre campus in St. Augustine’s historic district, including 120 non-traditional evening students in the college’s public administration program who are employed in public safety and local government agencies. Approximately 400 students are enrolled in Flagler’s satellite campus in Tallahassee, Florida.

Student admission is selective and competitive. For the fall of 2015, the Admissions Office received 5,923 applications for admission, extended offers to 3,014 applicants, and enrolled 787 new students, including 620 freshmen and 167 transfers. The entering freshmen had a mean GPA of 3.54, an ACT Composite score of 23.2 and a SAT score (combined critical reading and math) of 1,048. Approximately 56% of students are from Florida, 38% are from 42 other states, and 6% are from 44 foreign countries. Approximately 61% of the students are women, and about 40% of students reside on the campus.

The college employs 112 full-time faculty and 125 part-time instructors with more than 63% holding earned Doctorates. The full-time equivalent student faculty ratio is 15.2 to 1, with an average class size of 18.2 students. For the 2015-2016 academic year, tuition was $16,830, and room and board was $9,630 for a total of $26,460, which is approximately one-half the national average for similar private, non-profit four-year colleges.

Flagler College is financially strong with an endowment of $48 M, capital reserves exceeding $30 M, and an annual operating balanced budget of $55 M. Capital debt is currently $32 M and annual fundraising for the college provides a strong supplement to scholarships, capital projects, and operating expenses. In 2015, fundraising accounted for more than $6 M. Approximately 83% of students receive some financial aid. The Florida Resident Access Grant continues to be the largest grant program for 1,794 qualifying students, with a total value of $5,062,500.

For more than 15 years, Flagler College has been ranked (#6 in 2015) among the “Best Regional Colleges in the South,” in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges. The college has been consistently recognized in Time, Newsweek, and The Princeton Review for its value of education related to cost. In on-line media outlets, Flagler has been named among the “30 Most Beautiful Campuses” in BESTCollegesonline.org. Niche named Flagler among the “Best Small Colleges” in Florida, and Thrillist.com listed the college among the 25 most beautiful campuses in America. Money Magazine ranked Flagler among the Best Colleges for your money in 2015.

The college offers a wide array of majors and minors within its Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, and Bachelor of Science degree programs. Flagler is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award Baccalaureate degrees and a Master’s degree in Deaf Education. Athletics are an important part of student life, student enrollment, and campus spirit. Flagler is a member of the NCAA Division II and competes in the Peach Belt Conference. The college offers 15 team sports for men and women.

The college seeks a leader who is committed to excellence in teaching, learning and scholarship, civility, and collegiality. The person should honor and promote the college’s history and mission of entrepreneurial leadership; have experience in fundraising and financial management; have credentials appropriate to higher education and Flagler’s mission; be committed to student interaction and campus life; and be a great communicator who values diversity, honesty, and openness.

The deadline for submitting applications shall be October 11, 2016. In late October, the Presidential Search Committee will make selections for confidential interviews to be held off the main campus. Applicants must complete a letter of interest with attention to the issues and opportunities at the college described in the Prospectus, a comprehensive vitae with credentials and experience detailed, and five references with email addresses and phone numbers. Please submit the completed materials to Frank D. Upchurch III, Chairman of the Search Committee, electronically (MS Word or Adobe PDF), at Flaglerpresident@agbsearch.com. Dr. Jim Davis, consultant with AGB Search, is assisting the search process. Applicants may direct inquiries to jdavis@agbsearch.com or phone 540-539-9415. For a copy of the prospectus or additional information applicants are advised to consult www.flagler.edu or www.agbsearch.com.

Flagler College is an equal opportunity institution and employer.