Indiana State University

Indiana State University (ISU) seeks a seasoned higher education leader who is committed to the university’s core values of learning, discovery, engagement, and inclusiveness to serve as its 13th president. The President reports to the university’s Board of Trustees.

Offering a diverse array of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs, Indiana State University is known for its high-quality education infused with experiential learning, community engagement, and career readiness. ISU serves more than 8,300 students representing a wide range of backgrounds and experiences, including family educational history (40% are first-generation students), socioeconomic status (46% are Pell-eligible students), race and ethnicity (35% of new domestic freshmen are minority students), nationality (4% of students are international), and academic achievement (22% of incoming freshmen are enrolled in the Honors College). The university has seen a decline in total enrollment since 2020 and the next president will be expected to work closely with others in shaping a recruitment strategy that positions Indiana State as an institution of choice and elevates the university’s brand in the state and throughout the region. This individual must share ISU’s deep commitment to high-quality education, a student-centered environment, and exceptional outcomes for all students.

ISU’s president must be a visible presence with the ability to build meaningful, authentic relationships among the university’s many constituents. This includes working collaboratively and transparently with the Board of Trustees and the university’s faculty, staff, and students, as well as engaging donors, alumni, community partners, and state leaders. Indiana State has a rich history of community engagement and service, and the next president will be expected to further advance the university’s impact locally and beyond. Indiana State’s supporters have demonstrated significant commitment to the institution’s mission, having given $98 million in its current comprehensive campaign.

Indiana State University is located in the heart of downtown Terre Haute, known as a popular area surrounded by new and established businesses. With a population of around 60,000, ISU is one of the area’s largest employers and one of four higher education institutions. Sitting 15 miles from the state line of Illinois and along the Interstate 70 corridor, ISU maintains a visible presence in various communities.

A detailed leadership profile is available at

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 Indiana State University in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by February 7, 2024. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal. Nominations and inquiries can be directed to Ryan Crawford, Darrien Davenport, Ed.D., and Natalie Song at

Indiana State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a core value to create an inclusive community that honors the diversity of individuals, ideas, and expressions.

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