Saginaw Valley State University — President

Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU) seeks a people-centered, community-minded leader to serve as its next president. This individual will lead an institution with a deep commitment to serving students, faculty and staff and a solid financial position as it looks towards a rapidly evolving future that presents challenges and opportunities. The president reports to the SVSU Board of Control and collaborates with the Board, faculty, staff, students, community partners, public officials, donors and alumni in shaping the university’s strategy. The university’s most recent strategic plan, which was adopted in 2016, outlined key objectives and delivered results that lay a solid foundation for the next president to work with the Board and university community to identify future goals and aspirations.

Established in 1963, Saginaw Valley State University’s first graduating class featured 10 students. A half-century and more than 52,000 graduates later, SVSU has grown into a thriving institution with a rich history of student success, strong academic programs and firm footing as a community leader. This legacy was built in part from the accomplishments achieved by those alumni over the past 56 years. 

In the fall of 2021, the university enrolled 7,523 students in more than 90 programs of study that lead to a wide variety of baccalaureate degree programs, 18 master’s degree programs and one doctoral program (DNP). The 782-acre campus holds 25 buildings, including: residence halls, academic and student support buildings, state of the art computer labs, the Melvin J. Zahnow Library, and the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum.

SVSU is well-positioned in Michigan’s Great Lakes Bay Region, among the cities of Saginaw, Midland and Bay City. The region offers a wide variety of communities, ranging from suburban neighborhoods and scenic waterfronts to bustling downtown areas with concert series and art exhibits. Nestled in the heart of the region, SVSU is surrounded by vast waterways, state parks and nature trails. Nearby Lake Huron and Saginaw Bay provide robust opportunities for recreation.

A detailed leadership profile is available at this link.

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the profile. WittKieffer is assisting Saginaw Valley State University in this search. For fullest consideration, application materials should be received by April 27, 2022. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:

Ryan Crawford, Darrien Davenport, Ed.D., and Julia Bradley at

Saginaw Valley State University is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer: