Los Angeles, California
The Board of Trustees of Occidental College invites nominations and applications for the position of President of the College. The President is the chief executive officer of the College and serves ex officio on the College’s Board of Trustees. Occidental (Oxy) is a nationally recognized, independent liberal arts institution with approximately 2,000 students, located in Los Angeles. The Board seeks an experienced and accomplished academic leader who has gained distinction as a teacher, scholar, fundraiser, and executive, and will help Occidental achieve its ambitious goals. The appointment to the presidency is expected to take effect on July 1, 2024.
Occidental has distinguished itself as one of two top 40 ranked liberal arts institutions embedded in the heart of one of the nation’s major cities, and the only one in the West. In part because of its desirable location, the College attracts an exceptionally talented and diverse student body, who are served by an equally lauded faculty and staff committed to providing a superb education in an intimate setting. The College provides its students meaningful curricular and co-curricular experiences rooted in the complex, urban environs of Los Angeles, with the ultimate goal of preparing alumni who will solve society’s most pressing social, political, and technical challenges through engaged and committed leadership.
The next President will join the Oxy community at a critical and exciting moment in its history; the College recently completed an ambitious comprehensive Campaign in June 2023 (exceeding the $225 goal to raise $252M) and aspires to further grow strategic partnerships and academic programs of distinction, harnessing the creative power and energy of the region. The College now turns its attention to the Occidental Promise, Oxy’s integrated strategic plan through 2030. The plan, developed through community-wide collaboration, articulates College priorities that guide current philanthropic activity and will provide the framework for a future comprehensive campaign. With this strategic framework, the President will continue to build upon Oxy’s unique community and institutional assets, and further solidify its position as the most impactful urban liberal arts college in the nation. In doing so, the President will address the following key opportunities and challenges:
- Advance the Occidental Promise – A bold, strategic vision that furthers the College’s local, national, and global visibility, reach, and impact;
- In collaboration with the Dean of the College and faculty, champion the College’s commitment to academic excellence;
- Ensure the College has the resources to fully achieve its aspirations;
- Articulate and amplify Occidental’s position as the liberal arts college in the city of Los Angeles;
- Further strengthen diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts for all members of the Occidental community;
- Recruit and retain a diverse, world-class faculty and staff;
- Collaborate closely and effectively with the Board of Trustees to secure a promising future for Oxy.
Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. Inquiries, nominations, referrals, and resumes with cover letters should be sent via the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: https://www.imsearch.com/open-searches/occidental-college/president. Electronic submission of materials is required.
The anticipated salary range for the position is $400-700K. The president is provided with, and required to live in, the President’s home on-campus.