Position Overview

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Guilford College, a nationally distinguished liberal arts institution in Greensboro, North Carolina is seeking a new President who is forward-thinking, unifying, inclusive and is a principled manager of people and resources.

The next President will embrace the role and the opportunities of the College as a leading transformational liberal arts institution among its peers. They will lead a community of constituents who embody a commitment to academic achievement and a determination to serve the complex and changing demands of higher education on students, faculty, staff, alumni, employers, and benefactors. And they will have the ability to work collaboratively to foster a collegial culture of clearly communicated decision-making that is essential to success.

Additionally, a deep understanding of current issues in higher education, sensitivity to contemporary cultural, political, and financial forces, and a demonstrated track record of successfully implementing change are highly desirable in the next President. They will also need to empower, guide, and engage internal and external leaders through strategic management, transparency, and critical listening skills. 

Established in 1837 by the Society of Friends, Guilford is the only Quaker-founded college in the Southeast. Guilford is highly regarded for delivering a principled, practical liberal arts education defined by exceptional teaching and mentoring from 325 faculty and staff. The College’s curriculum features 40- plus major areas of study and more than 50 minor programs to serve 1,429 students from 37 states and 11 countries. The student population has become increasingly diverse with nearly 49 percent of the student body identifying as students of color. For more information, visit Guilford’s website at:

For further information about the position and its requirements, please review the position profile above.

Nominations and Applications

For full consideration, applications must be received by July 16, 2021. The Search Committee will continue its work until an appointment is made.

Interested candidates must submit:

  1. A letter of interest that addresses the leadership opportunities, key priorities, and attributes outlined in this leadership profile,
  2. A current CV or résumé, and 
  3. The names and contact information of five professional references. References will not be contacted without prior authorization from the applicant.

Application materials should be sent electronically to:

Please direct nominations and inquiries to:

Rod McDavis, Ph.D., Managing / (804) 514-1982             

Melissa Trotta, Ed.D., Associate Managing / (202) 380-8927            

Andrew Bowen, M.A., Executive Search / (802) 345-1279

Guilford College does not discriminate on the basis of sex/gender, age, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, genetic information, military status, veteran status, or any other protected category under applicable local, state or federal law, ordinance or regulation. For the complete policy, please visit: