La Roche University is seeking its eighth president. This leader will succeed Sister Candace Introcaso, who sadly passed away in May 2023 and left a legacy of almost 20 years of extraordinary accomplishments.
Founded and sponsored by the Congregation of the Sisters of Divine Providence, La Roche University is a private, Catholic co-educational institution located on a 40+ acre campus north of Pittsburgh in McCandless, PA. The University fosters global citizenship and creates a community of scholars from the region, the nation and worldwide. The University integrates liberal arts and professional education in creative ways, empowering all members of the community to become lifelong learners, achieve success in their chosen careers and promote justice and peace in a constantly changing global society. La Roche invites inquiries, nominations and applications for president of this welcoming institution committed to students of all religions, ethnic origins and talents.
What began as a school for religious women in 1963 with seven students in its first graduating class is now a university that offers 66 undergraduate programs of study, six master’s degrees and two doctoral degrees, with particular strengths in education, business, criminal justice, psychology, nursing, health and medical sciences, interior architecture and design, as well as graphic design. Undergraduates may choose from more than 50 majors, including the top 10 majors most in demand among today’s college students. La Roche combines a quality educational experience with clubs, athletics, social and community volunteer activities, spiritual well-being and more to prepare students for life in a constantly changing global society. This residential university provides a vibrant campus community for nearly 1,200 men and women, enjoying 30-plus student organizations and an exciting NCAA Div. III athletics program. The University’s 15,000 plus alumni live in every state in the U.S. and in 65 countries around the world.
La Roche offers high-quality educational opportunities that reflect its Catholic heritage and the mission of its founding and sponsoring congregation, the Sisters of Divine Providence, to “co-create a world of compassion, justice and peace.” That commitment to peace and justice permeates all aspects of the University – spiritual, academic, social, intercultural and community service. That commitment is reflected in the University’s global focus, which provides the entire La Roche community with the opportunity to reach across the political, cultural and economic divides and work toward becoming a true global community.
For La Roche’s next president, there is a meaningful, mission-driven leadership opportunity to move the University into its next phase of growth through an established strategic plan called LRU:NXT. “NXT” is meant to imply a readiness and belief in the University’s ability to create its own future. The La Roche mission, vision and values will define the strategic themes animating the current plan through 2026, when the president will have the opportunity to refresh and expand upon LRU:NXT. Chief among the next president’s priorities is to strengthen La Roche’s financial future by diversifying revenue streams, enhancing student success and increasing fundraising.
Mr. Lyle D. Albaugh, J.D., vice chair of the La Roche University Board of Trustees, is the founder of several successful companies and a strategic and operational management consultant. Mr. Albaugh chairs the search for La Roche’s next president. In its next president, La Roche University seeks a leader who possesses the spirit of accessibility, collaborative style, strategic and operational leadership, creativity and innovative spirit, exceptional communication skills and energy and integrity to inspire and unite the community around a common vision for the future consistent with the history of the University. The president must be familiar with and compatible with the Catholic tradition and values and must be committed to working with the Sisters of Divine Providence to maintain a vital relationship.
- Significant academic and administrative leadership experience is required.
- Understand global political and social issues.
- Significant experience in a diverse community.
- D. or other advanced degree preferred.
WittKieffer is assisting La Roche University in this search. For fullest consideration, application materials should be received by January 2, 2024.
All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the profile (available at www.wittkieffer.com).
Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:
Melody Rose, Ph.D., Alejandra Gillette-Teran and John Thornburgh
It is the policy of the University to promote equal opportunity to all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, creed, age, religion, gender, national or ethnic origin, veteran status, or non-job-related disability.
This includes all aspects of the employment relationship including, but not limited to, recruitment, employment, job assignment, transfer, promotion, demotion, compensation, training and development, employee benefits, layoff, termination, and general working conditions.