President

Connecticut College

Connecticut College seeks nominations, applications, and expressions of interest in the search for its 12th President. A top liberal arts college situated on a 750-acre arboretum campus above the Thames River and Long Island Sound, the mission of Connecticut College is to educate students “to put the liberal arts into action as citizens of a global society.” Combining rigorous academics with real-world experiences, graduates learn not just to make a living but to make a difference.

The College requires a president with the vision, insight, and creativity to inspire the Conn community to continue fulfilling the College’s vision, as well as the management acumen to situate the College for sustainability and resiliency. This dynamic and visionary leader should possess strong and effective leadership attributes and extensive knowledge of both the financial and academic dimensions of contemporary liberal arts colleges, a deep-seated and practiced commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and social justice and an understanding of the ways in which intense engagement informs and reinforces excellent liberal arts education. The president will demonstrate prior success working with diverse constituents to solve complex issues utilizing candor, confidence, transparency, emotional intelligence, empathy, and curiosity.

Reporting to the board of trustees, the president is the chief executive and administrative officer of the College. The president works in close collaboration with the Board of Trustees, a cabinet of senior administrators and internal and external constituencies to provide overall leadership and direction for the College. In the context of the College’s commitment to shared governance, the president will build upon the existing strengths and traditions of the College and chart new territories to provide the personal and professional leadership to guide its future. The president leads the human and financial resources of the College to advance its role and standing in higher education throughout the nation and world.

Connecticut College’s 12th president will join a college that has been sustained by its dedicated staff, exceptional faculty and engaged students since its founding in 1911. The community as a whole is bound by a strongly held value of shared governance, by high academic standards, by a student-run honor code, and by commitments to environmental stewardship and to full participation. The College supports approximately 700 employees, including 180 full-time faculty in 60 academic departments and programs. The student body is drawn from 45 states and more than 70 countries and supported by generous financial aid, with 29% domestic and international students of color in 2022, an increase of about 30% since 2015. Moreover, the College has more than 30,000 alumni living in all 50 states and more than 100 nations around the world.

All applications, nominations, and inquiries are invited. Formal applications include two separate documents — a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the profile available at www.wittkieffer.com. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by Jan. 8, 2024 using WittKieffer’s candidate portal.

WittKieffer is assisting Connecticut College in this search. Nominations and inquiries may be directed to the WittKieffer consultants assisting Connecticut College with this search, Charlene L. Aguilar, Darrien Davenport, Lucy Leske and Sheila Murphy at ConnCollegePresident@wittkieffer.com. 

As a top residential liberal arts college, Connecticut College is committed to creating a vibrant community enriched by diverse perspectives, talents and experiences. We encourage applications from candidates who share this commitment and will contribute to the diversity of our college community. AA/EOE.

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