Warren Wilson College — President

The Presidential Search Committee of Warren Wilson College (Swannanoa, NC), an institution known for its innovative programming and commitment to environmental sustainability, invites applications, expressions of interest, and nominations of candidates in the search for its next president. Situated just outside Asheville, NC, Warren Wilson College is one of only nine federally designated “work colleges.” The College’s distinctive approach to education intentionally integrates academics, work, and community engagement to cultivate curiosity, empathy, and responsibility, which empowers students to think deeply, challenge themselves, and act on a fierce commitment to their communities. The College empowers graduates to pursue meaningful careers and lead purposeful lives dedicated to a just, equitable, and sustainable world.

Warren Wilson students choose from 20 majors, 25 concentrations, 33 minors, and four pre-professional advising areas for their academic pursuits. The College also offers a nationally renowned MFA Program for Writers. Warren Wilson attracts a student body that is diverse and talented. A significant portion of the student body identifies as LGBTQ+. While the campus’ location is certainly a draw for many students, it is the tight-knit, open community and vibrant student life that serve as one of the most significant draws to Warren Wilson. The College offers a wide array of student clubs, organizations, and activities, which includes a growing number of athletic offerings given Warren Wilson’s recent change to NCAA Division III status.

The College’s tenth president will join the community at a moment of unprecedented opportunity, leading the campus forward against the backdrop of the broader, systemic challenges facing higher education and the nuanced difficulties of post-pandemic reality. The president’s cabinet includes the provost and dean of the faculty; vice president for student life; vice president for administration & finance/CFO; vice president for enrollment & marketing; director of communications for advancement; director for diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives; director of human resources; and director of athletics.

In alignment with the College’s DEI commitment, Warren Wilson welcomes and invites candidates who desire to, and possess the skills and experience to, advance this important work. Applications from members of racial/ethnic underrepresented groups (e.g., BIPOC/people of the global majority) and individuals who have experience working with diverse student populations (e.g., racial/ethnic, income, immigration status, sexual orientation, gender identification, etc.) are welcomed.

To read the full position profile for this role, please click here. For best consideration, please send all nominations and applications in confidence to:

Jim Sirianni, Managing Director
Chris Bernard, Associate
Storbeck Search
warrenwilsonpresident@storbecksearch.com

Warren Wilson College is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to developing a campus community that reflects the full diversity of the human experience and, as such, welcomes all applicants.

Warren Wilson College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender or gender identity, age, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation, in the administration of its educational policies, recruitment or admission of students, scholarship, grant or loan programs, athletic or other College administered programs, employment procedures, training programs, promotion policies or other related personnel practices.

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