Mount Mary University — President

The Board of Trustees of Mount Mary University invites nominations and applications for the position of President of the University. The search begins as Dr. Eileen Schwalbach prepares to retire from the presidency in July 2017 after nine years of distinguished leadership. The Board seeks an accomplished and energetic executive who has gained distinction as an institutional leader and fund-raiser, preferably with extensive experience in a university setting similar to Mount Mary. The new president is expected to be selected by December 2016 and to take office by July 1, 2017.

Located in culturally rich and vibrant city of Milwaukee, Mount Mary University is a private, not-for-profit, Catholic liberal arts university located on an 80-acre campus. The University was founded in 1913 by the School Sisters of Notre Dame and was Wisconsin’s first four-year, degree-granting Catholic college for women. Today, the University serves over 1400 women at the undergraduate level and both women and men at the graduate level.

Mount Mary fosters teaching of the highest quality in an academic environment characterized by close interaction between students and faculty with synergy between scholarship, teaching, and learning. Grounded in the liberal arts, all programs aim to create well-thinking leaders, ready for a competitive workplace. Over 30 majors greet the undergraduate student who enters Mount Mary University. Whereas the baccalaureate curriculum educates women of diverse ages and personal circumstances, graduate programs are open to men and women. The steady development of graduate education at Mount Mary over the past 35 years has produced distinct programs that excel in connecting Mount Mary to the community at large.

The next President should have the experience and capabilities that create an excellent fit with the University’s distinguishing institutional characteristics—its status as a small, religiously affiliated women’s liberal arts institution, a growing graduate program, its distinctive mission and curriculum, its institutional history and traditions, and its location in Milwaukee. Candidates should ideally possess the academic credential of a terminal degree as well as have teaching experience, with a strong preference for an earned doctorate. The University also seeks candidates who are deeply rooted in Christian principles, and will understand and embrace the School Sisters values and the Catholic intellectual tradition.

Maya Ranchod Kirkhope of Academic Search, Inc., Washington, D.C., is assisting Mount Mary University with this search. Nominations and expressions of interest may be submitted electronically to: Nominators or prospective candidates may direct inquiries or questions to Maya Kirkhope at (703) 380-9195. For more information about Mount Mary University, please visit the University’s website at

Nominations and applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but materials received by October 19, 2016 are ensured full consideration. Application materials must be submitted electronically at The packet should consist of a substantive cover letter, a curriculum vitae, and full contact information for five professional references, none of whom will be contacted without the explicit permission of the candidate. Additional information about the institution and position can be found at

Mount Mary University practices equal opportunity employment as part of our ongoing commitment to diversity in our workplace.