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Harris-Stowe State University seeks its next president to continue its recent five years of stellar and strategic growth in a vibrant and growing St. Louis community. Harris-Stowe State University is a historically black public university. Its origins trace back to 1857 when the St. Louis Public Schools founded the institution as a normal school that thus became the first public teacher education institution west of the Mississippi River and the 12th such institution in the United States. The earliest predecessor of Harris-Stowe State University was a normal school established for white students only by the Public School System of the city of St. Louis. A second predecessor institution was Stowe Teachers College, which began in 1890 as a normal school for future black teachers of elementary schools in the city of St. Louis. The St. Louis Public Schools’ Board of Education merged the two teacher education institutions in 1954 as the first of several steps to integrate the public schools of St. Louis.  Harris-Stowe State University is now a historically black public university located in Saint Louis, Missouri. The University is a fully accredited four- year institution with 59 majors, minors and other academic options.

The University takes pride in being accessible and diverse, offering the most affordable baccalaureate degrees in the State of Missouri. Eighty-five percent of students receive some form of financial assistance. With approximately 172 full- and part-time faculty and a low 17:1 student to faculty ratio, the University has been named one of the “Top 250 Baccalaureate Schools in the Country” and “Best Bang for the Buck Midwest” by the Washington Monthly. The University ranks seventh in the state among 38 public institutions relative to African-American graduates. In recent years, it has proven to be a force in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), by ranking first in the degree production of African-Americans in mathematics.

The institution offers 22 Bachelor of Sciences degrees, 4 certificate programs, and more than 30 academic program options under three academic units: Anheuser-Busch School of Business, College of Arts and Sciences, and College of Education. The University continues to expand, adding new buildings as part of its 21st century initiative to offer opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students seeking a variety of degrees. Harris-Stowe State University’s current financial position is strong with operating surpluses and separate funds for capital reserves and strategic initiatives. The beautiful, urban 31-acre campus is located in the heart of midtown St. Louis. The campus consists of eight buildings, including two academic buildings, two residence halls, a library, athletics/performing arts building, and two unoccupied buildings currently under renovation. The St. Louis metropolitan area is the 20th largest in the United States with a population of nearly 3 million people. The bi-state metropolitan area includes seven counties in Missouri and eight in Illinois. The St. Louis area spans both Missouri and Illinois.

The Agenda for the Next President:

Over the last five years, Harris-Stowe has experienced strategic growth and expansion. The next president will have the opportunity to build on this strong foundation to meet the challenges of higher education in the 21st century and design a new vision for the University.  The ideal candidate will have the opportunity to lead this remarkable community into the next chapter of history, sustaining the University’s mission, its identity as a historically black university serving the needs of a diverse and unique student body guided by a focus on excellence and innovation.

The ideal candidate to be Harris-Stowe’s next president will have successful academic and administrative leadership experience in higher education; experience with shared governance, advancement, enrollment management, and strategic planning; financial acumen; and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Nominations and Applications

For full consideration, applications should be received by January 31, 2020. For further information and instructions to applicants, please review the position profile above. All inquiries, nominations, and applications will be held in strictest confidence; references will not be contacted without applicant’s permission.  

Applications should be sent to:

Nominations and inquiries should be directed to:

Carlton E. Brown, Ed.D., Executive Search Consultant,, (912) 247-8661

Kim Bobby, Ed.D., Executive Search Consultant,, (253) 861-7738