Job Description

Concord University seeks a creative, energetic leader who will vigorously enhance and articulate the mission of the University, placing emphasis on continued academic excellence, quality campus life, and community service. The President should be an intellectual and compelling leader who views instruction, learning, and scholarship as the cornerstones of the University.

Academic credentials should include a terminal degree with appropriate scholarly accomplishments. Evidence of successful teaching experience on a tenure track is preferred. It is expected that the candidate will have a commitment to high academic standards while maintaining a balanced budget. The candidate should have a proven track record of senior-level academic administration, with expertise in fiscal management, fund-raising and resource development, regional and national accreditation, advancements in technology, and academic and institutional strategic planning.

Successful experience in enrollment management, student retention, faculty and staff development, and student life improvements will be needed, both on the main campus and at the shared Erma Byrd Higher Education Center in Beckley. Extra-curricular activities, facility improvements, and other enhancements that nurture a stronger sense of community should be pursued. There should be a demonstrated understanding of the challenges associated with serving special student populations, including non-traditional students, impoverished students, and veterans.

The candidate must be willing and able to collaborate with varied constituencies, including the University faculty, staff, students, alumni, and governing board, the Higher Education Policy Commission, local and state government officials. It is preferred that the candidate have a demonstrated understanding of the complex socioeconomic challenges of an institution located in southern West Virginia. The candidate should be active and visible in the local community. He or she should be capable of leveraging existing relationships and expanding partnerships to enhance the University’s reputation, academic prestige, and financial position while articulating and preserving the University’s mission and goals as a public Liberal Arts university.

The candidate should understand the valuable role athletics plays on the campus as well as within the community, including leadership development for students, fostering school spirit, pride, and loyalty, complementing student recruitment initiatives, supporting alumni engagement, and establishing a “Concord” brand.

Impeccable integrity, morality, trustworthiness, sensitivity to human dignity, and well balanced self-esteem are imperative. The candidate should value and facilitate shared governance, recruit and develop exemplary senior level administrators, and manage in a collaborative, open, and respectful manner.

Candidates should submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference to Candidates may contact the Concord University Office of Human Resources at 304-384-5276 or if assistance is needed in the process. For other questions about the position, candidates may contact the Chair of the Committee, David Barnette, at or 304-340-1327. Although applications will be accepted until the position is filled, to be assured of full consideration, all application materials should be received by January 15, 2014.

Concord University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Last updated on Dec 13, 2013. Originally created on Dec 6, 2013. Report incorrect information.