Wittenberg University — President

The Wittenberg University Board of Directors announces the search for the University’s 15th president, an appointment to become effective on or about July 1, 2017. The new president will succeed Dr. Richard Helton who is serving as interim president for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Wittenberg seeks a president who will bring visionary leadership, strategic thinking, creative planning, and a collaborative but determined management style at a time of institutional renewal. As Wittenberg moves into its next chapter, the University community is eager to welcome a president who will support the University’s Lutheran heritage while serving as a catalyst for measured strategic change that will be consistent with institutional mission, planning goals, and future educational needs.

While retaining a clear focus on the centrality of the liberal arts and the University’s fundamental strengths, the agenda for the next president goes well beyond maintaining the status quo. The new president will be expected to inspire others, develop a spirit of academic entrepreneurship on campus, and build on an existing strategic plan, the extension of which will help to establish academic, operational, and fiscal priorities.

Founded in 1845, Wittenberg is the fourth oldest Lutheran college in the nation and is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Located on 100 acres in Springfield, OH, Wittenberg’s beautiful campus is graced with architecturally distinct structures that embrace its past and together provide for an invaluable aesthetic and functional educational asset.

Vision, personality, financial acumen, and an ability to articulate how a liberal education can effectively address the needs of a diverse cohort of 21st century learners are critical attributes for the new president. Personal characteristics of integrity, energy, authenticity, transparency, and approachability are also important. While an understanding of higher education and a strong academic background are crucial, the search committee recognizes that there are many pathways to the successful presidency and will welcome interest from outside the academy.

Prior to making application, prospective candidates are encouraged to learn more about the specific attributes desired in Wittenberg’s next president and the details of the application process by reviewing the Presidential Search Profile at www.wittenberg.edu/presidentialsearch. Candidates are requested to submit materials by 5 PM on Saturday, November 26, for most favorable consideration. All inquiries will be received in full confidence by:

Thomas B. Courtice, Ph.D.
Search Consultant

Wittenberg is committed to attracting and retaining highly qualified individuals who collectively reflect the diversity of its student body and society at large. In that spirit, we are especially interested in receiving applications from individuals who would contribute to the diversity of our community.