Fitchburg State University seeks a forward-looking, engaging leader who is passionate about student success to serve as its 12th president.
A public comprehensive institution with a strong and proud tradition of excellence in teaching, scholarship, and public service, the university is situated on a 60-acre traditional New England campus in North Central Massachusetts, 40 miles west of Boston. Fitchburg State offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences, and professional fields to more than 6,500 students annually, including more than 3,000 graduate students, and is home to 198 full-time faculty and librarians. The president oversees an annual budget of $120 million, which includes state funding, federal grants, and gifts from alumni and friends.
Founded as a teachers’ college in 1894, Fitchburg State has developed into a highly-regarded university that blends liberal arts and sciences and professional programs within a small college environment. The university prepares students to lead and succeed by fostering lifelong learning and civic and global responsibility. A Fitchburg State University education extends beyond the classroom to include residential, professional, and co-curricular opportunities, with particular emphasis on career preparedness with students engaging in culminating experiences such as internships, research with faculty members, or participation in national project competitions. Fitchburg State fosters an equitable society by working toward the principle of education justice and being a student-ready campus. The university provides leadership and support for the economic, social, and cultural needs of North Central Massachusetts and beyond. More information about Fitchburg State may be found at www.fitchburgstate.edu.
Fitchburg State, one of 29 institutions in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ system of public higher education, is governed by its Board of Trustees. The next president will be responsible for leading the university to new levels of achievement, and must possess a proven record of successful oversight of complex institutions and the skills to combine well-planned growth with strong fiscal responsibility. The president must possess the ability to attract and retain exceptional faculty and students, boost private philanthropy, demonstrate success in implementing strategic plans, and present a commitment to diversity and international initiatives.
The president will be a highly visible figure who is fully engaged with faculty, students, staff, alumni and extended university family as they build upon a strong foundation. Other requirements include a strong commitment to public higher education and a compelling desire to further the mission and core values of the institution.
A detailed leadership profile is available at wittkieffer.com.
All applications, nominations, and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a letter of interest addressing the themes in this profile and a CV or resume. WittKieffer is assisting Fitchburg State University in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by February 16, 2024. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal. Nominations and inquiries can be directed to Greg Duyck, Ryan Crawford, and Randi Miller at FitchburgStatePresident@wittkieffer.com.
Members of underrepresented groups, minorities, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and all persons committed to diversity and inclusive excellence are strongly encouraged to apply.