The Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education invites applications and nominations for President of the Board. The Presidency of the Board of Regents offers great opportunities to an individual who will bring excitement, commitment, and leadership to an organization that promises to be a best-in-class system of public higher education in the country.
The Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education is the governing body for the state's 12 community colleges, four state universities, and the online/non-traditional college, collectively known as the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities (ConnSCU). The Board holds broad responsibilities for state policy for public higher education. ConnSCU seeks a highly qualified individual to build efficiently and wisely upon a sound academic tradition in this newly merged system.
The system budget is just over one billion dollars. The applicant will be called upon to guide and support the higher education needs of traditional, non-traditional, and online learners for a population numbering 95,960 full-time and part-time students. The 17 ConnSCU institutions offer associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and certificates. All colleges and universities are accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
The ConnSCU Board of Regents President reports to the Board and is appointed by the Governor upon recommendation of the Board. Board offices are located in Connecticut's capital city of Hartford. Ideally located in the center of the state, Hartford has about 124,500 residents.
The next President will bring a deep knowledge of higher education management. This individual will have an understanding of national higher education trends and policy issues. She or he will be a forward-thinking and imaginative strategic planner. The selected candidate must be an innovative, creative, entrepreneurial, skilled, and fair administrator of the highest integrity. She or he will have demonstrated collaborative skills and the ability to establish statewide partnerships, as well as bring system-wide constituencies together for the purpose of advancing ConnSCU and creating a shared culture of excellence. The President will be committed fully to what ConnSCU offers to individuals of all ethnic, cultural, and economic backgrounds, as well as ConnSCU's goal of preparing the workforce and an educated citizenry for the state of Connecticut. She or he will join with the Board of Regents to be an advocate for the system and the entire public higher education community.
• Commitment to the Board of Regents' vision, mission, goals, and policies;
• Record of success in finances, budgeting, resource generation, and planning;
• Experience in leading public policy development in a complex political environment;
• Passion for learning and academic research, career and technical education, workforce training, and remedial support;
• Commitment to the distinctive missions of the Connecticut state universities, community colleges, and online college;
• Ability to collaborate, communicate openly, and embrace the culture of the state;
• Demonstrated appreciation for and support of diversity;
• Significant senior level administrative/academic experience in a higher education setting (preferred);
• Understanding of a higher education system; and
• Earned doctorate/terminal degree from an accredited institution of higher education (preferred).
• Implement policies and directives of the Board of Regents;
• Bring recommendations for policies and initiatives to the Board of Regents;
• Build support, cooperation, and synergy among the system universities, colleges, and online college;
• Balance central authority with institutional differentiation and autonomy;
• Employ, supervise, and evaluate staff;
• Administer, coordinate, and manage Board of Regents' activities;
• Guide and implement the Board's agenda for governance and policy, including management of meetings and initiatives;
• Act as the Board of Regents' chief agent for development of budgets, strategic planning, and labor relations in a collective bargaining environment;
• Communicate fully and in an appropriate, timely manner with the Board of Regents;
• Create a collaborative environment to work with university and college presidents;
• Develop ongoing collaboration with public policy-makers; and
• Perform other related duties as may be required by the Board of Regents.
NOMINATION AND APPLICATION
To assure the fullest consideration, applications should be received by February 15, 2013. The application should include a letter of interest specifically addressing the applicant's background in relationship to qualifications described (not more than 3 pages); a current résumé; and the names of five professional references with each person's position, office or home address, e-mail address, and telephone numbers.
The new President will assume office on or about July 1, 2013.
The search is being assisted by James H. McCormick, senior consultant, AGB Search, firstname.lastname@example.org, 651-238-5188. All inquiries will be held in strict confidence. Nominations and applications should be sent electronically (MS Word or PDF Format) to Dr. McCormick at email@example.com.
Connecticut State Colleges & Universities is an affirmative action/equal opportunity institution.