Southern Illinois University Edwardsville — Chancellor

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) is proud to enter its 65th year as a nationally recognized university that provides students with a high-quality, affordable education and prepares them for successful careers and lives of purpose to shape a changing world. The University community, president of the Southern Illinois University (SIU) System and SIU board of trustees invite applications and nominations for the position of Chancellor of SIUE.

The chancellor reports to the president of the SIU System with the support of its cabinet. The chancellor is ultimately responsible for all academic, fiscal, administrative and operational matters at SIUE. This person will provide the leadership needed to advance a shared vision for the campus and promote its teaching, research and service missions. In particular, the next chancellor will lead SIUE in pursuing collective aspirations through building and stewarding SIUE’s resources; focusing on enrollment and retention efforts of its highly diverse and talented student body; serving as a bridge builder for its local, external partnerships; strengthening relationships and partnerships with key internal constituents; fully leveraging the potential of the SIU System; and fostering an anti-racist, diverse, inclusive and equitable campus community.

The successful candidate for the position will hold a terminal degree. This person will have a minimum of 10 years of progressive leadership experience in higher education. The search committee will consider high-level experience in other sectors, although the next chancellor must be familiar with the university environment. The next chancellor will have a strong history of leadership and personnel management, operations and finances. A record of success in advancing equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives and the ability to promote ongoing efforts in visioning, planning and fundraising will be essential elements to the next chancellor’s success.

A detailed leadership profile is available at

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a letter of interest addressing the themes in the profile and a CV or resume.

WittKieffer is assisting SIUE in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by September 15, 2021.  

Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal. Nominations and inquiries can be directed to: Dennis Barden, Jeff Compher and Bree Liddell at  

SIUE is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, religion, national origin, or gender in violation of Title VII. The University further prohibits discrimination against employees, applicants for employment, and students on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, marital or civil union status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, arrest records or veteran’s status, in conformity with State law. For additional information regarding SIUE’s equal opportunity employment policy, please visit or contact the Office of Equal Opportunity, Access and Title IX Coordination, Rendleman Hall, Box 1025, Edwardsville, IL, 62026-1025.