Claremont Graduate University — President

Presidential Search

The Board of Trustees of Claremont Graduate University (CGU) seeks candidates for the role of President and invites expressions of interest regarding this unique leadership opportunity. Over the past year, Claremont Graduate University has embarked on a comprehensive and inclusive strategic planning process to explore new possibilities while simultaneously renewing and affirming long-established institutional priorities and commitments. The next President must be ready to mobilize the University’s intellectual and fiscal resources in a manner that will promote the exploration of new strategic possibilities and enhance the University’s national and international reputation.

Established in 1925 as a founding member of the prestigious Claremont Colleges, Claremont Graduate University combines the intimate intellectual environment of a small liberal arts college with the academic offerings and publicly-engaged faculty of a contemporary research university. CGU enrolls more than 2,000 students across seven schools and in a setting that is intimate, interdisciplinary, and engaged with the world. The University has an operating budget of approximately $53 million and an endowment of about $185 million.

Claremont Graduate University was founded on the premise that education thrives where students and faculty closely engage in scholarship and research on a level that encourages broad-ranging conversation and collaboration. CGU is the only research-intensive university in the nation devoted entirely to graduate-level liberal arts education and conducts instruction and research in small classes, seminars, and in the field. The University encourages close scholarly relationships between students and faculty. Recognizing that many contemporary problems require contributions across multiple disciplines, CGU was an early adopter of transdisciplinary education and research.

Research and scholarly activity at CGU are high, with the University generating a prodigious intellectual footprint relative to its size. Members of the CGU faculty produce and apply knowledge across all of the scholarly disciplines represented in its schools and departments, collaborate with colleagues around the globe, and actively mentor students on research projects. External funding, such as federal research grants, foundation grants, and public and private contracts, supports much of this work. Over the last decade, CGU has averaged $8 million per year in sponsored research—from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, National Cancer Institute, and more.

The President will become part of a highly-advanced educational community of scholars and researchers and will need to provide leadership for a complex, exciting institution with accomplished scholars and alumni. The University seeks a leader who will provide stability and a long-term commitment to take full advantage of CGU’s extraordinary potential. It is preferred that the successful candidate possess an earned doctorate or other terminal degree with a strong record of scholarship and teaching, and a proven history of executive level administrative experience in higher education. While academic experience (professional and administrative) is strongly desired, exceptional candidates with nontraditional backgrounds who have demonstrated a high degree of national or international success in business, industry, nonprofit, or government will be considered.

The University’s last capital campaign took place 17 years ago and raised $40 million. CGU’s next ambitious campaign—The Centennial Campaign—is currently in the planning stages. The development and marketing/communications staff have increased in size and depth in order to provide support for all the schools of the University. With the selection of a new President, the University will be poised to undertake this significant campaign with the trustees, the 22,000-member alumni base, and the many friends of CGU who have become involved in the rich variety of graduate offerings and research programs.

The Claremont Graduate University Presidential Search Committee will begin to evaluate the applicant pool immediately and applications will be accepted until the time that a new President is selected. The new President is expected to begin work prior to the beginning of the Fall 2018 term.

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Applications should include: 1) a letter of interest that responds to the agenda for leadership and the desired attributes for a new President; 2) an updated and complete curriculum vitae or resume; and 3) the names (with email addresses and phone numbers) of five professional references, none of whom will be contacted without the formal permission of the candidate. All application materials should be submitted electronically. Nominations, applications, and expressions of interest will be treated in confidence and may be directed to:

Alberto Pimentel, Managing Partner
Navid Nakai, Senior Associate
Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates
6512 Painter Avenue
Whittier, CA 90601
Refer to code “CGU-President” in the subject line.

Claremont Graduate University is committed to providing equal educational and employment opportunity.