Warren Wilson College — President
Filed in Administrative on February 26, 2017
Warren Wilson College is a four-year, coeducational, residential, liberal arts college that is the country’s only liberal arts college with a national student body and integrated work and service programs. The College seeks an innovative, strategic, engaged, and committed leader, whose passion for a student-centered, service-focused liberal arts education will guide the College as it seeks to fulfill its mission to provide students a distinctive undergraduate and graduate liberal arts education.
Located on 1300 acres in the scenic Swannanoa River Valley 15 minutes east of Asheville, NC, Warren Wilson College (WWC) was founded in 1894 as the Asheville Farm School by the Women’s Board of Home Missions of the Presbyterian Church. As the school continued to grow, eventually several Presbyterian schools merged with the Asheville Farm School to form a coed high school. After WWII, as NC public education improved, the last high school class graduated in 1957. However WWC remained a junior college until 1966 when it was established as a four-year college. Over the next 50 years, the College developed and strengthened its current model, offering a rigorous liberal arts education combined with the requirements of work and community engagement for all students.
Today Warren Wilson’s campus boasts a geographically diverse student population, with students from approximately 45 states and various countries. North Carolina residents constitute about 20 percent of undergraduate students, women 62 percent and students of color 10 percent. The College’s approximately 650 students can choose from 34 academic programs, and 24 minors, with concentrations in everything from applied geospatial technology to pre-Peace Corps, international, and non-governmental service. WWC also offers the #1 nationally ranked low-residency Masters of Fine Arts program in the country with a creative writing program that is highly ranked among all creative writing programs in the country. With an average class size of 12 and a student to teacher ratio of 10:1, students experience an intimate learning environment and all students have the opportunity to complete independent capstone research projects and present their work to faculty and fellow students. Over the past decade, WWC students have received more awards and grants from the NC Academy of Science for their original research than students from any other college or university. As one of the nation’s top undergraduate institutions, Warren Wilson made the Princeton Review’s 2017 “Best 381 Colleges” list. The College also ranks No. 17 in the 2015 “Guide to 353 Green Colleges,” which is the highest position of any southern institution.
Complementing the rigorous academic offerings at WWC are the College’s integrated work and community engagement programs. The College owns and operates a 300 acre farm that includes a mixed-crop and livestock operation, managed and worked by student work crews. Similarly, a student worked forestry crew maintains the college’s 600 acre forest and implements modern best practice forestry management. In total, there are more than 100 campus work crews offering students a remarkable range of work experiences, including recycling, graphic design, blacksmithing, emerging technologies, carpentry, scholarly research, and landscaping. Opportunities also abound within the community engagement program as students explore issues such as race and immigration, food security, education, housing and homelessness, and the environment, often as part of their coursework. Through the developmentally based community engagement program, all students explore, critically analyze, and collaborate to problem-solve issues of public interest. Student participation in work crews has also helped the College earn the distinction of being a “living laboratory.” Students are attracted to WWC because of its mission and the values of the College, and students often serve as ardent champions of social justice, diversity, equity and sustainability.
WWC also offers students the opportunity to participate in athletics to integrate physical activity and wellness as a vital component of the student experience. Students have opportunities to participate in a wide variety of programs at the individual, intramural, club, and varsity level. The College offers 10 intercollegiate sports (five each for men and women) and competes in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA).
For additional information about Warren Wilson College, please visit their website at www.warren-wilson.edu.
Reporting directly to the Board of Trustees, the President serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the College with responsibility for ensuring the success of the institution’s mission, enrollment management, academic integrity, fiscal stability and viability, fundraising efforts, personnel development, and physical plant management. Positions reporting to the President (the President’s Cabinet) include: VP of Academic Affairs – Dean of the College, VP of Administration and Finance – CFO, VP of Enrollment, VP of Advancement and Marketing, VP of Applied Learning, and the VP for Student Affairs. Also reporting to the President are the Director of Media Relations and an Administrative Assistant. The President ultimately provides leadership for the College’s 70 faculty and 150 administrative and staff employees.
The ideal candidate will have a passion and enthusiasm for WWC and its special place among liberal arts colleges with its attention to the combination of rigorous academics, work, and service and a culture of diversity, inclusivity, social justice and environmental consciousness. The selected candidate will have a high emotional intelligence with exceptional interpersonal and communication skills and a willingness to commit to becoming an engaged member of the WWC community. Excellent managerial, financial, and fundraising skills are required along with a proven record of successful leadership in her or his vocation, whether within or outside of an academic environment. Experience managing in an environment that reflects the values of WWC is desirable. Compensation will be commensurate with experience, which includes a competitive base salary, benefits, on-campus housing, and relocation assistance.
For additional information and consideration contact:
Coleman Lew + Associates, Inc.
326 W. 10th Street – Charlotte, NC 28202
Ken Carrick, President
Janny DeLoache, Consultant
704.377.0362 or 800.533.9523 or fax 704.377.0424
Warren Wilson College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, Warren Wilson does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, religion, sex, familial status, sexual orientation, and reprisal. Warren Wilson College is committed to developing a campus community that reflects the full diversity of the human experience and, as such, welcomes all applicants.