Graceland University — President

Graceland University is launching a national search for its 18th president. The university seeks nominations and applications for a creative and courageous leader who will effectively engage the Graceland community in the highest priorities, affirming the university’s many strengths, discovering opportunities and possibilities, and advocating effectively for change and growth.

Founded in 1895, Graceland University has two beautiful campuses in Lamoni, Iowa, and Independence, Missouri. Approximately 2,000 students and more than 180 faculty and staff comprise the university. Graceland has received top recognition for innovative programming from the American Council on Education, and the Princeton Review included the university in its “Best in the Midwest” listing.

Under the leadership of President John Sellars, Graceland has continued to evolve as a university grounded in the residential liberal arts, offering a growing selection of professional programs, both undergraduate and graduate, and incorporating traditional and online modes of instruction. The SkillPath Seminars program under the College for Learning and Development is providing a significant revenue stream to support the mission. The successful completion of the university’s recent $75 million campaign is notable and is reflected in an array of improvements on the Lamoni campus that includes the Shaw Center / Amphitheatre and renovation of the science center. The next president will have an opportunity to build on this legacy of achievement.

Graceland University is welcoming to students, faculty, and staff of all faiths and cultures. Graceland’s core mission, as well as the principles and values that have informed and shaped the university, are drawn from the Community of Christ. Given the university’s close association with the Community of Christ, the president – whether or not a member – will be expected to align with and affirm Community of Christ values.

Prospective candidates are encouraged to review the Graceland presidential search profile, which contains detailed information about the opportunity and the application process, on the AGB Search website at For more information about the university, please visit To assure best consideration, applications should be received by November 1, 2016, and should include a letter of interest that addresses the leadership opportunities, challenges, and attributes described in the profile; a resume or vita; and contact information (email address and phone number) for at least four professional references. Application materials should be sent electronically (in MS Word or Adobe PDF) to Dr. Kay Mussell, Chair of the Search Committee, at:

The search is being assisted by Richard L. Torgerson and Loren J. Anderson of AGB Search. Confidential inquiries, nominations, and referrals may be directed to Dr. Torgerson at or 563-380-4919, or to Dr. Anderson at or 253-223-3566.

Equal Opportunity Employment has been, and will continue to be, a fundamental principle at Graceland University, where employment is based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination because of race, color, creed, gender identity, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or any other protected characteristic by law.