University of Cincinnati — President

Ranked among the nation’s Top 30 public research universities, and situated in a diverse, dynamic city of more than 2 million people, the University of Cincinnati seeks nominations for and expressions of interest in the position of President.

With 300,000 alumni, 44,300 students, 15,000 faculty and staff, 14 colleges, a world-class academic health center, $396 million in research funding, a $1.2 billion operating budget, a $1.1 billion endowment and an economic impact approaching $5 billion, UC is one of the nation’s most recognized and respected institutions. UC’s historic rise over the past decade has resulted in several milestones, including:

  • Four consecutive years of record-breaking enrollment
  • Highest first-year retention rate
  • Largest number of National Merit Scholars
  • 51 programs ranked in the Top 50; 24 ranked in the Top 10 (U.S. News & World Report)
  • Annual fundraising record of $258 million
  • Public University of the Year in 2013 (The Washington Center)
  • Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award (Insight Into Diversity)
  • Among the world’s most beautiful campuses (Forbes; The New York Times)

UC’s upward trajectory is paralleled by the City’s renaissance. Cincinnati is home to more Fortune 500 companies per capita than New York City or Los Angeles. In addition to being the fastest-growing economy in the Midwest, Cincinnati was named the “Best City for New College Grads.” The Huffington Post deemed Cincinnati one of the hottest cities in the Midwest for startup companies. Meanwhile, Cincinnati’s arts, culture and cuisine scene is thriving—with symphony and pops orchestras, opera, ballet, theater, museums, music festivals, new restaurants and professional sports. More than $2.6 billion has been invested in revitalizing Cincinnati’s urban core, including a highly celebrated development along the banks of the Ohio River.

UC enjoys strong partnerships with UC Health, the premier academic healthcare system in the area with a $1.5 billion operating budget, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, ranked among the top three pediatric hospitals in the country, and several colleges and universities in the tri-state region. In addition to inventing cooperative education in 1906, UC remains a worldwide leader in experiential learning by partnering with over 1,500 companies and helping its students to attain more than $63 million in co-op earnings last year alone. UC’s highly competitive Division I athletics program continues to excel and excite.

As UC approaches its 200th anniversary in 2019, the campus community seeks a visionary leader who will work collaboratively to elevate the University to even greater heights.

Interested individuals will find more information about the University and the presidential search at uc.edu/presidential-search or www.wittkieffer.com. Candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae or resume, and a list of five references to Lucy A. Leske, Zachary A. Smith, Ph.D. or Jean Dowdall, Ph.D., the executive search consultants supporting the University, at UCincPres@wittkieffer.com. For optimum consideration, candidate materials should be submitted by October 25, 2016.

The University of Cincinnati does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, age, sexual orientation, veteran status or gender identity and expression in its programs and activities. The complete Notice of Nondiscrimination can be found at
uc.edu/about/policies/non-discrimination.


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