Clark Atlanta University — President

The Board of Trustees of Clark Atlanta University (CAU or the University) seeks a strategic, transformative, and passionate leader to serve as the University’s fifth President. The President will embrace CAU’s rich legacy, compelling vision and possess effective leadership experience, strength of character, and managerial capacity to marshal the university’s considerable assets to achieve a future that exceeds its past.

Located on 126 acres in the heart of Atlanta, one of the worlds’ greatest international cities, Clark Atlanta University was established in 1988 as a result of the consolidation of two independent historically black institutions – Atlanta University (1865) and Clark College (1869). It is a United Methodist Church-related, private, coeducational, residential, and comprehensive urban research university. CAU awards bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees, along with specialist programs, in 38 areas of study. With nearly 300 faculty, the University provides its 3,911 students with the familial attention they would expect at a smaller college, while taking advantage of the wide array of resources available at a larger university.

This is a transformational and transitional moment in CAU history. In a climate of increased competition for students and research funding, the University has the opportunity to build on its record of offering contemporary academic programs which increase student enrollment, and research support through federal agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Defense (DOD), and the National Institute of Health (NIH). In this competitive landscape, the next President needs to be a leader, strategic planner, relationship and team builder, who is both consultative and a persuasive communicator. CAU stakeholders have emphasized a need to identify a President who can strategically build on the wide outreach process to stakeholders initiated by this search and engage the University community transparently, meaningfully, and consistently.

Reporting directly to the Board of Trustees, the President is the Chief Executive Officer of the University and is expected to provide visionary and collaborative leadership that builds on the history and traditions of CAU. The ideal candidate will inspire a diverse constituency around CAU’s mission and vision, provide in-demand, innovative academic programs, effect cultural change, and perform as an adroit fiscal manager and steward. The next President will advance shared governance, while embodying transparent leadership and collaborative decision-making.

For further details on CAU and required professional experience and preferred personal attributes of President can be acquired at

Clark Atlanta University has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Applications or inquiries, nominations, referrals, and submission of a resume with cover letter should be electronically submitted, in confidence to:

Monroe “Bud” Moseley, Partner
Donna Cramer, Principal
David Ferguson, Associate

Clark Atlanta University is an equal opportunity employer