President

Position Overview

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Calvin University, located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is pleased to announce the search for its next President. Calvin seeks a seasoned leader with a deep and vibrant Christian faith and practice, who embraces the Reformed tradition in higher education and the university’s important relationship with the Christian Reformed Church. The president will be able to articulate Calvin University’s mission as a Christian, liberal arts university; as a distinctive educational place where faith and reason work together, academic excellence is expected, and student achievement is celebrated.

It is expected the successful candidate for this position will have established a record of exceptional strategic achievement and impact in past responsible leadership positions. A terminal degree is preferred but not required. The next president will be a faith-centered, academically focused, skilled decision maker called to lead Calvin through a time of change and uncertainty for all of higher education—it is a complex leadership task. The successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of and a commitment to Calvin’s mission, strategic planning, Calvin’s diversity and inclusion values, the role of Christian higher education, academic excellence, and the particular academic cultural expectations that inform and shape leadership in the academy.

Calvin, founded in 1876 by the Christian Reformed Church in North America, is now a University serving 3,300 undergraduate and graduate students in-person and online from almost every U.S. state and 50 countries. Calvin University equips students to think deeply, to act justly, and to live wholeheartedly as Christ’s agents of renewal in the world. Calvin’s teaching, scholarship, and service have been recognized widely; for example, U.S. News and World Report ranked Calvin third among Midwest regional universities in the “Best Undergraduate Teaching” category. Forbes Magazine also named Calvin one of America’s top colleges.

Calvin’s beautiful 400-acre campus in west Michigan has a park-like feel with sprawling lawns and nearly 4,000 trees. The campus also features state-of-the-art athletic facilities, impressive indoor spaces including the Covenant Fine Arts Center, as well as academic spaces designed intentionally to encourage collaboration across disciplines. Calvin is ideally located to create a small, close-knit community feel while providing easy access to Grand Rapids, the second largest city in Michigan, just five miles east.

Additional information about Calvin University can be found at: www.calvin.edu

Nominations and Applications

For fullest consideration, application materials should be received by January 4, 2022, at the latest. Early submission is welcome. Candidates are encouraged to review the search profile, which can be accessed above.

Applications must include:

  1. A letter of interest that focuses on the areas of opportunity described earlier in the profile;
  2. A current CV/resume, and
  3. Five professional references with email addresses and telephone numbers. References will not be contacted without the applicant’s authorization.

Applications or nominations can be sent to: CalvinUnivPresident@agbsearch.com

Candidates and nominators are encouraged to reach out to the consultants to discuss this opportunity.

Dr. Loren J. Anderson, Executive Search Consultant, loren.anderson@agbsearch.com / (253) 223-3566

Mr. Frederick V. Moore, Executive Search Consultant, fred.moore@agbsearch.com / (712) 299-2544

Calvin University prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, disability, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, or other characteristics protected by federal, state, or local statute or ordinance. Calvin University affirms its commitment to maintaining a learning, working, and living environment that is fair, respectful, and free from harassment.