Position Overview

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The Florida Gulf Coast University Board of Trustees invites applications and nominations for the fifth president of Florida Gulf Coast University. It is anticipated that the new president will assume office on or about January 1, 2023.

Florida Gulf Coast University’s president will embrace, embody and advocate for the institution’s collective values. The ideal candidate for the position must therefore appreciate the history, culture and spirit of this distinctive institution. An earned doctorate or other terminal degree is strongly preferred for the position. Candidates should have a demonstrated record of successful executive leadership, with credentials and/or experience sufficient to warrant the respect and complete confidence of a wide range of university stakeholders.

Located in the vibrant Fort Myers/Naples area on Florida’s southwest coast, the position provides the opportunity to work with the FGCU Board of Trustees, administration, faculty, staff, students, alumni and community to build on the university’s 25-year history, directing it toward an exciting future. Florida Gulf Coast University’s campus and region serve as a living laboratory where life-enhancing discoveries are made. Part of the Florida State University System, FGCU functions as an incubator for entrepreneurs who fuel economic development and a cultural resource that enriches life on and around campus. FGCU’s NCAA Division I Eagles sports teams energize the entire region.

Florida Gulf Coast University’s comprehensive undergraduate and graduate programs prepare students to excel and innovate. Its students, alumni, faculty and staff are actively engaged and environmentally conscious citizens, serving their communities and inspiring others by leading, doing and making a difference.

Further information about Florida Gulf Coast University may be found at:

Nominations and Applications

Application and nomination materials should be submitted electronically by the target date of August 15, 2022. Application materials must be submitted electronically and should include:

1) a letter of interest that addresses specifically how the candidate’s experiences and qualifications intersect with FGCU’s qualifications, attributes and listed strategic priorities as presented in the Presidential Profile;

2) a curriculum vitae; and,

3) the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of five references for future contact — please also include your professional relationship with each reference listed. No references will be contacted without prior permission granted by the candidate. All candidate names will remain confidential, except for those individuals invited to campus interviews.

Application and nomination materials should be submitted electronically to:

Candidates are encouraged to review the search profile, which can be accessed above.

Prospective nominators or potential candidates are encouraged to contact Dr. Melissa Trotta, Dr. Sally Mason or Dr. Garry W. Owens (contact information below) directly by email prior to submitting materials.

Dr. Melissa K. Trotta, Associate Managing Principal,

Dr. Sally Mason, Executive Search Consultant,

Dr. Garry W. Owens, Executive Search Consultant,

Florida Gulf Coast University (University) is committed to ensuring equity and fairness for all University employees, students, visitors, vendors, contractors, and other third parties. Our commitment to these principles is essential to fostering a campus community that values diversity and inclusion. As such, the University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, religion, age, disability, sex, gender identity/ expression, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, or genetic predisposition with regard to admissions, employment, programs, or other activities operated by the University. Sexual harassment and sexual assault are forms of sex discrimination. This prohibition extends to enforcement of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act. The University’s policies cover access and equity in the administration of education, programs, services, and activities throughout all divisions, departments, and units of the University.