Xavier University — President

Xavier University, a Jesuit Catholic university, seeks a courageous, visionary and strategic academic leader for its 35th President. Founded in 1831, Xavier is the sixth-oldest Catholic university, the fourth-oldest Jesuit institution of higher education in the nation and one of 27 Jesuit colleges and universities nationwide. Living out the University’s motto “all for one and one for all,” Xavier is a community that comes together in the spirit of St. Ignatius, to learn together, to serve together, and succeed in changing the world together. 

The next President of Xavier will inherit an institution that has experienced tremendous growth under its current President, Father Michael Graham, S.J., who recently announced his decision to step down in June 2021 after nearly two decades of leadership.  The University has been intentionally moving from a regional institution to one with a more national reputation. Today, Xavier is known for its academic excellence, both in its undergraduate curriculum rooted in the liberal arts tradition and its strong professional and graduate programs. The Ignatian mission is embedded in the fabric of the institution and guides all strategic planning and decision-making. As a direct result, Xavier is deeply committed to social justice and solidarity, and is an integral partner and advocate for the greater Cincinnati community. At the heart of Xavier are its people with its devoted faculty and staff, inspired students, and transformational alumni. The Musketeer community is nationally known for its passion and dedication to each other and for its civic contributions. The new President will be eager to earn trust across campus and become a valued and engaged member of the Xavier community of continuous learners. A talented listener, the President will promote a global perspective across campus. 

Xavier’s unique core curriculum and liberal arts education prepare students for future success in a rapidly evolving work environment. True to the Jesuit tradition of cura personalis, educating the whole person, learning at Xavier takes place in many forms and much emphasis is placed on service to others with 80,000 hours of service performed each year by students. Experiential learning and internships are also an integral part of the Xavier experience, and 100 percent of Xavier students have access to professional mentors, many of whom work in one of the seven Fortune 500 companies in the Cincinnati area. Since joining the revamped Big East Conference in 2013, the University has benefited from the additional national exposure that comes from being part of a major NCAA Division I conference.

The next President will have the opportunity to draw upon Xavier’s history and upward trajectory to achieve new heights in education, learning, and social and cultural change. An intellectually curious risk-taker, the President will demonstrate collaborative yet decisive decision-making, actively engaging campus stakeholders in strategic planning and creative problem solving.  Success will require the President to lead the Xavier community while ensuring that the Jesuit, Catholic mission remains at the forefront of the institution. In order to ensure financial stability and viability for the institution in perpetuity, close attention must be paid to enrollment and new revenue streams as well as advancement support. Particularly considering the ongoing global health pandemic, this will require an experienced administrator and collaborative leader well-versed with the current and cutting-edge trends of higher education. Recognized for its leadership in diversity and inclusion initiatives, the University seeks a president to continue to champion this crucial work and demonstrate a deep commitment and history of action in such endeavors. The search committee welcomes Jesuits, other religious, and lay individuals as candidates. The willingness to embrace Xavier’s Jesuit, Catholic mission and ethos and the ability to inspire and engage others in this mission is paramount. 

The Board of Trustees has established a representative search committee to conduct this search. Confidential inquiries, nominations/referrals, and résumés with cover letters can be sent electronically and in confidence to:

Jacqueline Mildner, Partner
Leslie McCarthy, Managing Associate
Jenna Sattar Kwiatek, Associate
Isaacson, Miller