Swarthmore College — Registrar

Since its founding in 1864 by the Religious Society of Friends (aka Quakers), Swarthmore College has given students the knowledge, insight, skills, and experience to become leaders for the common good. This distinctive community that thrives on open dialogue, shoulder-to-shoulder discovery, and face-to-face exploration invites nominations and applications for the position of registrar. 

A highly selective college of liberal arts and engineering, Swarthmore is ranked No. 3 by U.S. News & World Report among national liberal arts institutions. Swarthmore is global in outlook and diversity and draws students from all 50 states and around the world. Located 11 miles southwest of Philadelphia, Swarthmore’s pastoral 425-acre campus is often referred to as one of the most beautiful college campuses in the nation and is a designated arboretum, complete with rolling lawns, a creek, wooded hills, and hiking trails. True to its roots in the Religious Society of Friends (the Quakers), Swarthmore still values the guiding principles of that community. Although non-Quakers have served on the Board of Managers since 1938, and although Friends now compose a small minority of students, faculty, and staff members, the College still highly regards many Quaker principles. Foremost among them is the individual’s responsibility to seek and apply truth and to test the truths one believes one has found. 

The registrar will provide strategic direction and oversight of Swarthmore’s registration policies and procedures. Achieving the College’s goal of excellence, service, and efficiency in records and registration, the new leader will provide exceptional administrative, logistic, and record-keeping services for students, faculty, staff, and alumni and ensure compliance with federal, state, and other regulatory agencies. Setting the vision for a state-of-the-art and forward-thinking registrar’s function, the registrar will guide, support, and mentor a committed staff and foster a culture of inclusion, equity, transparency, open communication, teamwork, student-centeredness, and service. 

This is an exceptional opportunity for an experienced and collaborative leader to join one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges. The registrar will be a creative and student-centered leader, with the ability to work in coordination with Swarthmore’s academic leadership and other partners, and have a strong work ethic and sophisticated technical skills. In addition, the new leader will possess a commitment to Swarthmore’s mission and values; exceptional communication, strategic planning, change management, and analytical skills; an ability to work independently and collaboratively; and a proven record of creating and reconfiguring registrar policies to further strategic institutional priorities. 

At Swarthmore, the diversity of perspectives represented by its students, faculty, and staff contributes to an inclusive community, strong sense of open dialogue, and culture of engagement. As such, the College invites applications from diverse perspectives and experiences. A record of commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is vital.

WittKieffer is assisting Swarthmore in this search. All applications, nominations, and inquiries are invited. 

Applications should include, as two separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile found at www.wittkieffer.com. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by April 20, 2021.

Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:

Amy Crutchfield, Shelley Arakawa and Sarah Miller

Swarthmore College is committed to the principle of equal opportunity for all qualified persons without discrimination against any person by reason of sex, race, color, ancestry, age, religion, national origin, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, medical condition, pregnancy, disability, use of a guide or support animals because of a disability or any other legally protected status. This policy is consistent with relevant governmental statutes and regulations, such as Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, The Age Discrimination in Employment Act, The Americans with Disabilities Act and ADA Amendments Act, The Equal Pay Act, The Uniform Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, The Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, and the Borough of Swarthmore Ordinance on Non-Discrimination.

In keeping with the long-standing traditions of the College and the spirit and letter of the federal and state equal opportunity laws, it is the standing policy of the College to realize equality of opportunity in education and employment; to guard against discrimination contrary to that aim; and to correct discriminatory behavior if found to exist within the College community. Consistent with maintaining an educational program of the highest quality, our standing policy includes affirmative efforts to achieve the above goals in employment and education.

The Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity policy has been and shall be further implemented by the President and by members of the faculty and administration designated by the President for that purpose. (Adopted by the Board of Managers 1 March 1975, with amendments 24 April 1976, 3 December 1977, 7 December 1985, and 5 March 2007.)