Position Details

Claflin University invites applications for President of the University from experienced visionary leaders with an understanding and appreciation for HBCU institutions and the University’s crucial role in providing a holistic, exceptional quality, educational experience for the student profile we serve.  Claflin is a private, co-educational institution affiliated with the United Methodist Church, offering a broad range of academic programs in the arts and sciences along with professional curricula at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Claflin’s ninth president will follow a 25-year legacy president. Over the past 25 years, Claflin has moved to contemporary prominence with strong local visibility and national recognition.   Claflin has built a formidable physical plant from very humble origins and grown in enrollment and status faster and more consistently than any other private HBCU in South Carolina.  The University has implemented many higher education macro trends as it approaches this leadership transition. New programs for online degrees, adult education, and expanded graduate programs are in effect.

The University has consistently achieved recognition as one of America’s best liberal arts colleges in publications such as U.S. News and World Report, Forbes and Washington Monthly.  In 2016, HBCU Digest named Claflin the HBCU of the Year. Claflin is currently ranked 9th in the U.S. News and World Report’s annual ranking of the nation’s top 20 historically black colleges and universities. The next President will lead this University to greater heights of service and recognition.  A complete description of this exceptional opportunity with detailed information about the qualifications as well as the application and nomination process is available to download from the left column.

Nominations and Applications

Applicants must submit 1) a comprehensive vita with experiences and credentials detailed in chronological order; 2) a letter of interest that addresses the topics identified in the following Presidential Profile headings: Agenda for the new President, Qualifications and Preferences, and Desired Characteristics; and 3) five references with email addresses and phone numbers. References will not be contacted without the permission of the candidate but should be available for contact once a candidate is selected for interview. For full consideration, applications must be received by February 1, 2019. Applicants should submit the appropriate materials electronically in MSWord or Adobe PDF to the chair of the search committee, Mr. Calvin Elam, at

Inquiries, nominations, and questions should be directed to a member of our search consultant team:

Dr. Paul R. Corts, Executive Search Consultant, /(571) 243-8709

Dr. Carlton E. Brown, Executive Search Consultant, /(912) 247-8661

Artis Hampshire-Cowan, J.D., Search Advisor, /(202) 340-5961

It is the policy of Claflin University to provide equal opportunity in its employment, admissions, and educational activities to all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other legally protected status. The University is committed to providing equal employment opportunity in the administration of all personnel actions and operating procedures. This policy relates to all aspects of recruitment, selection, hiring, promotion, compensation, benefits, terms and conditions of employment, and other personnel actions.