Prairie View A&M University — President

The Board of Regents and Chancellor John Sharp of the Texas A&M University System are conducting a national search for the next president of Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU). The president reports directly to the chancellor and is responsible for implementing system policies and effectively managing the institution; sustaining and enhancing the institution’s mission and overall operations; and fostering and building upon the existing traditions, distinctiveness and strengths of the university.

Designated as an “institution of the first-class” in the Texas constitution and a member of the Texas A&M University System, PVAMU is the second-oldest public institution in the state. The 1,440-acre campus is located in Prairie View, TX – just beyond the reach of Houston’s suburbs and about 50 miles from downtown Houston. 

Empowered by a shared sense of history and experience, as well as PVAMU’s relentless commitment to providing the highest quality of education, research and service, its graduates make their mark as scholars and go on to become productive citizens. Established in 1876 as a land-grant institution, the university enrolls over 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Not only are Texas students represented in the student population, but within the university’s enrollment history, students hail from 44 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and 87 countries. The university has eight colleges and schools and offers 36 bachelors’ programs thirty-one master’s degree programs, six doctoral programs and numerous research centers housed on the main campus. 

The next president will join at an exciting time as the university continues to advance in its research efforts and is experiencing historic success in its fundraising efforts. The president will be expected to continue to advance in those areas, while also moving the institution forward in advancing student success and continuing its commitment to serving the state as a land-grant institution. This individual will work with a wide range of constituents from current faculty, staff and students to partners in the Texas A&M System, state legislators, alumni, donors and others. 

The next president will need to be an exceptional communicator and relationship builder. The successful candidate must have experience leading complex organizations, commitment to academic excellence and shared governance, the ability to generate new resources through fundraising and other means and an unwavering passion for the mission of an institution like Prairie View A&M University, among other personal and professional qualities.

WittKieffer is assisting Prairie View A&M University in this search. All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile found at www.wittkieffer.com and a CV or resume. 

For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by August 23, 2022. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal. Nominations and inquiries can be directed to Christine Pendleton, Ryan Crawford and Darrien Davenport at PVAMUPresident@wittkieffer.com.

The system will provide equal opportunity for employment to all persons regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity and will strive to achieve full and equal employment opportunity throughout the system.

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