Delaware Valley University — President

Celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, Delaware Valley University (DelVal) is a close-knit academic community historically known for its strong emphasis on experiential learning, an innovation inspired by its founder’s focus on “science with practice.”  Through the University’s Experience360 (E360) Program, undergraduate students benefit from a holistic classroom education with hands-on practice, academic internships, career exploration experiences, community service activities, and leadership development.  DelVal students have excellent outcomes, with the percentage of students either employed or continuing their education within a year of graduation having increased in each of the last five years, most recently to a record-high 94.4% for the Class of 2019.  DelVal’s E360 program was named the “2019 Outstanding Experiential Education Program” by the National Society for Experiential Education.  

Located outside of Philadelphia in picturesque and vibrant Doylestown in Bucks County, PA, the University maintains its founding focus in agricultural and animal sciences, together with current programs in behavioral sciences, business, health, and the humanities.  DelVal’s three campus locations are spread over 1,000 acres.  With a commitment to expanded educational opportunities, DelVal offers residential, online, and hybrid academic undergraduate and graduate degree programs (most with professional accreditation) and certificates to nearly 2,200 students, including more than 450 graduate students.  Through its partnership with Doylestown Health, DelVal is expanding healthcare programs with a strong clinical focus.  In addition, DelVal is developing plans for programs in agricultural science specialties, business, and healthcare.  DelVal has consistently been recognized for its academic programs and student support by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.  DelVal’s Animal Science degree program was ranked as one of the top 20 in the U.S. by College Factual in 2019, and its agricultural degree programs, online MBA, and counseling psychology program have also received critical acclaim. 

DelVal seeks a leader who will work collaboratively, advocate for students, communicate consistently with clarity and transparency, strengthen its financial position, and raise resources and visibility.  DelVal’s next President will partner with a committed Board of Trustees, dedicated faculty and staff, active alumni, and passionate students to guide the University towards a secure future.  The President will motivate, inspire confidence and trust, and rapidly execute an efficacious, innovative development plan.  The President will be a powerful communicator and fundraiser, collaborative problem-solver, champion of inclusion, and sound fiscal manager. 

Candidates should offer a distinguished record of senior leadership experience and professional achievement and embrace DelVal’s commitment to experiential education and its potential to create engaged learners.  Candidates should possess strong academic credentials and the intellectual curiosity and gravitas to promote the academic focus of DelVal; a terminal degree is preferred.  Accomplished leaders from other industries with transferrable skills and an appreciation for the academic enterprise are also encouraged to apply.   

DelVal has retained the Diversified Search Group to assist in this recruitment.  Inquiries, nominations, expressions of interest (cover letter, CV, and the names of five references) should be directed electronically to:  DelValPresident@divsearch.com.  All such communications are strictly confidential.  Candidate screening will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made.

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