The North Dakota State Board of Higher Education and the University of North Dakota community invite nominations and applications for the position of president of the University of North Dakota.
The Preferred Applicant
This is an exciting opportunity for an inspiring and innovative leader to build on the traditional strengths of UND to help the University take its place among the leading institutions in the nation and beyond. The successful candidate must exhibit a commitment to lifelong learning, teaching, research and creative and scholarly activity. The new president should have the skills to build consensus and shape a compelling, strategic vision for UND’s immediate and long-range future. The community expects a transformational leader, a vigorous advocate and staunch supporter.
Candidates must have a post-baccalaureate degree and relevant work experience. Candidates with an earned doctorate/terminal degree from an accredited institution of higher education are highly preferred. The successful candidate should be committed to working effectively in a statewide system of higher education (North Dakota University System) and with a statewide governing board (State Board of Higher Education).
Preferred candidates for the position of president also will have the following attributes (in no particular order):
- Proven success as an educator, scholar and senior administrator, along with an understanding of undergraduate and graduate learning and the role of professional education and economic development within a research university.
- Demonstrated leadership, including excellent spoken and written communication skills.
- Demonstrated ability to engage in effective, inclusive visioning and strategic planning with specific goals and the means to achieve them.
- Demonstrated ability to be the voice and face of UND when interacting with its internal and external communities, including the state Legislature, tribal leaders, business community, foundations, K-12, the statewide higher education sector and constituents from all parts of the state, nation and world.
- A commitment to student-centered learning and devotion to access and success in all areas of student academics and activities, including Student Affairs and Division I intercollegiate athletics.
- Demonstrated ability to promote research, innovation and scholarly and creative activities.
- A deep knowledge of financial management and resource generation across the diverse disciplines comprising a flagship research university, with a track record of success in fundraising pursuits.
- Demonstrated ability to assess, strengthen and develop a cohesive senior team with the ability to advance the University.
- Demonstrated ability to foster and work effectively within a system of collaborative governance, using a consultative style and supporting professional development for faculty and staff.
- Demonstrated ability to create an inclusive environment to recruit and retain a diverse and representative population of faculty, staff and students.
- An appreciation for an influential, active alumni base in the state, country and world.
- Demonstrated personal and professional honesty, integrity and fairness, along with a commitment to foster a culture of openness, transparency and cooperation among the various constituencies of the University and the Greater Grand Forks and North Dakota communities.
- Demonstrated ability to address challenging issues through assimilating varied opinions and inputs to make and communicate complex decisions.
- An understanding of what new advances in technology bring to the current and future learning environments.
- Demonstrated commitment to the University of North Dakota, the North Dakota University System and the state of North Dakota.
Nominations and Applications
For best consideration, applications should be received by Sept. 15, 2019.
The application should include:
- A letter of interest (not more than three pages) specifically addressing the applicant’s background in relationship to qualifications described, including any connections to the University, system or state.
- A current résumé (or curriculum vitae).
- The names of five professional references with each reference’s position, office or home address, email address and telephone numbers. References will not be contacted without prior authorization from the applicant.
Nominations and applications should be sent electronically (MS Word or PDF format) to UNDpresident@agbsearch.com.
The UND Presidential Search Committee is being assisted by:
Executive Search Consultant, AGB Search
Executive Search Consultant, AGB Search