Illinois Wesleyan University

Illinois Wesleyan University (IWU) seeks a strategic and forward-looking relationship builder to serve as its 21st president.

IWU is a private, residential liberal arts and sciences institution in Bloomington, Illinois, that enrolls approximately 1,600 undergraduate students from 35 states and 30 countries. The university offers more academic choices than the traditional liberal arts college, with programming in the College of Liberal Arts, the School of Business and Economics, the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, and the College of Fine Arts, which includes the Ames School of Art, School of Music, and School of Theatre Arts. IWU is known for supporting students to pursue their varied academic and co-curricular interests (including athletics and the arts), and the results are evident in the success of its students immediately after graduation and alumni over the course of their lives and careers.

The university’s next president will need to bring the university community together to shape a strategy that leverages the university’s strengths and adapts to a drastically changing higher education landscape. This individual must be a skilled communicator and committed relationship builder with the ability to effectively engage the IWU’s many constituents in the future direction of the university. The president must be a visible, approachable, and transparent leader who is able to manage change while maintaining a commitment to the university’s culture and character.

IWU has experienced some of the same financial challenges that many other institutions have faced in recent years, and the next president will need to work closely with campus constituents to ensure the institution’s future financial sustainability. This will require a leader who is skilled at aligning resources with priorities, ensuring the most effective and efficient use of those resources, and creating a culture of agility, adaptability, and urgency. The university will need to explore new offerings and target new student populations that will help to grow enrollment and increase revenue. Finally, the president will play a critical role in communicating IWU’s mission and vision to prospective donors, alumni, and community members as a part of the university’s upcoming comprehensive campaign.

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 Illinois Wesleyan University in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by February 9, 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 Maya Holt-Brockenbrough, Ph.D. at

Illinois Wesleyan University supports and is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity. Illinois Wesleyan University provides equal opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. Illinois Wesleyan expressly recognizes the requirements of Title IX legislation and complaints should be reported to the University’s Title IX coordinator, Cynthia Lotz, Director of Human Resources and Title IX Coordinator, 209 Holmes Hall, (309) 556-3120.

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