Wagner College

Wagner College is a small, largely residential liberal arts college with robust professional programs based in New York City. With 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students, Wagner offers a true “best of both worlds” experience: a classic college campus within a warm and welcoming community and ready access to unparalleled opportunities to work, learn, and have fun in the cultural capital of the world.

Wagner College prepares students for life, as well as for careers, by delivering a comprehensive educational program anchored in the liberal arts. We leverage the strength of our New York City location and experiential, integrative, and co-curricular learning to prepare ethical, empathetic leaders for lives of success and service. Wagner College is fully accredited by the Regents of the University of the State of New York and by the Middle States Commission for Higher Education Accreditation. It is a member of the American Council on Education and the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools. The college is also a member of a number of higher education consortia and associations including the New American Colleges and Universities, Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities, and the Anchor Institutions Task Force.

Wagner College enrolls 1,600 undergraduate and 400 graduate students from 44 states and 40 foreign countries. Sixty-seven percent of all students and 71% of first-year students live on campus, with 15% taking part in Greek Life. The one-year retention rate is 86% and the six-year graduation rate is 69% on a five-year rolling basis.

Points of Pride:

  • Wagner College’s theatre program has been ranked a top eight collegiate theater program in the United States by the Princeton Review since 2004.
  • Wagner College was one of only 50 colleges throughout the country that was included in a highly exclusive new guide to best-value schools published by Princeton Review, “Colleges That Create Futures: 50 Schools That Launch Careers by Going Beyond the Classroom.”
  • Wagner College appeared in Money magazine’s 2022 Best Colleges for Your Money list, a ranking of the top 671 colleges and universities in America — big and small, public and private, Ivy and otherwise — that provide an above-average value.
  • Wagner is included in Forbes America’s Top Colleges list for 2023 based on the return on investment and outcomes that Wagner delivers for its students.
  • Founded in 1943, Wagner College’s Evelyn L. Spiro School of Nursing is one of New York’s top nursing programs and ranked in the top 5% out of 1,633 schools evaluated by Nursing Degree Search (

The Wagner College Board of Trustees seeks a president who embodies a visionary and entrepreneurial spirit with an abiding commitment to the college’s mission and distinctive academic programs. The ideal candidate will exhibit a deep understanding of strategic operational management, higher education finance, and a dedication to sustaining the college’s positive and inclusive culture. Moreover, they should recognize Wagner’s distinctive identity within New York City and its anchor role in Staten Island. With unshakable integrity, innovative ideas, and exceptional judgment, Wagner’s 21st president will shepherd the college toward a future of profound possibilities.

For best consideration, please send all nominations, and applications, electronically and in confidence, to:

Ruth Shoemaker Wood, Ph.D., Managing Director
Fiona Jaramillo, Ed.D., Senior Associate
Erin Meissner, Senior Associate

For more information about Wagner, please visit the college’s website at

Wagner College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age or disability in the administration of its admission, employment, and educational policies.

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