Catawba College — Executive Director, Center for the Environment

Catawba College invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for an experienced and innovative leader to serve as its next Executive Director for the Center for the Environment. The Executive Director will ensure that Catawba will continue to provide a transformative education for its 1,300 students and foster environmental solutions to address societal needs. This position presents a unique opportunity for a a leader who is committed to undergraduate education in a learning environment that values the personal formation of students, the exploration of vocation, and interaction with faculty and students who routinely work across varied disciplines.

The Center for the Environment’s mission is to provide education and outreach centered on prevalent environmental challenges and to foster community-oriented sustainable solutions that can serve as a model for programs throughout the country. The Center for the Environment at Catawba College has been deeply involved in North Carolina’s environmental issues since its inception in 1996. The Center strives to serve as a model to the region, lending expertise on a wide range of issues – from air and water quality to land preservation and sustainable development. In the process, Catawba students receive a value-added education through involvement in the Center’s activities.

Reporting to Catawba College’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Constance Rogers-Lowery, with a dotted-line report to President David Nelson, the Executive Director will oversee the Center’s activities and talented staff. The College recently received a gift to the endowment of $200M, of which one-third is designated to excellence in the study and promotion of environmental stewardship and sustainability on campus and in the community. The Center for the Environment is an important component to meeting this commitment.  

More information is available in the profile description.

For best consideration, please send all nominations and applications to:

Jim Sirianni, Managing Director
Sara Swisher-Anderson, Senior Associate

For more information, please visit Catawba College’s Center for the Environment home page at

Catawba College is an equal opportunity employer. As such, the College is committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all employees, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status, unless allowed by law and deemed necessary to the operation of the College. The College complies with all federal, state, and local laws governing non-discrimination.