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The Kansas Board of Regents (Board) and the Pittsburg State University community invite nominations and applications for the position of President of Pittsburg State University. Located in the progressive, self-made community of Pittsburg, the university boasts premier facilities for hands-on, industry-sought academic programs, perennially competitive intercollegiate athletic teams, globally recognized performing arts events, and a host of uniquely close partnerships that serve to transform the lives of students and the community. As the home of the Gorillas, the only gorilla mascot in the NCAA, the spirit of Pittsburg State University is thoroughly infused throughout the region. To lead the institution, the Board seeks a growth-oriented, proven leader who will build on the university’s foundation of good fiscal management, unique program delivery, and exceptional relationships with its host city to drive recruitment and retention while advancing the university’s mission to provide transformational experiences for its students and the community. 

Founded in 1903, Pittsburg State’s residential and online undergraduate and graduate student population of 6,000 is guided by an exceptionally talented and dedicated faculty, staff, and administrative team numbering about 750, and operates on a $110 million annual budget. A vibrant living-learning environment invites students across the region, the nation, and the globe to be part of the robust "Gorilla Nation" spirit, while engaged in learning in the university's four colleges: College of Arts and Sciences, Kelce College of Business, College of Education, and the College of Technology. Pittsburg State University has institutional accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission. The university offers a unique hands-on learning environment at the Kansas Technology Center and maintains extensive partnerships with industry. Gorilla student-athletes compete in 12 NCAA Division II sports and receive exceptional fan support from the broad university community. Pittsburg State University is a member of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.

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Pittsburg State University’s presidential search committee expects an inspiring, approachable,  leader of integrity. This individual must be a dynamic, politically astute, forward-thinking president who will be a forthright champion of the university. The president must embrace a genuine commitment to the university's core values: student-focused, excellence, "by doing learn," diversity, community, innovation, and sustainability.

The new president will come to Pittsburg State University with knowledge of and experience in higher education issues and environments. The successful candidate must be able to balance academic and administrative excellence with the ability to be the voice and face of the university in the city, state, and the region. The president must work diligently to support a collaborative governance environment, using a consultative style with attentiveness to professional development for faculty and staff. The president will lend progressive guidance to a new strategic plan and will be an authentic collaborator who continually strives to improve the student experience.

Pittsburg State University’s new president must be an entrepreneurial, enterprising, empowering presence. As a staunch university advocate, the next president must nurture the close-knit, mutually cooperative relationship with the city of Pittsburg by building and maintaining diverse partnerships and collaborations for the well-being of the university, the community, the Board, the system, statewide interests, and the state of Kansas, as well as national and international partners.


The successful candidate should possess the following characteristics:

  • A caring, teach-first, student-centered learning focus with knowledge of the traditional and non-traditional learner;
  • Commitment to equity, social justice, diversity, and a culture of inclusiveness at all levels for the university community;
  • Communicator and active listener with an approachable, transparent, open-door, servant leader style;
  • Knowledge of enrollment management strategies with bold, innovative outlooks to support growth, retention, access, and success;
  • Competence in budgeting, financial management, fundraising, and identifying new external funding sources;
  • Ability to address the changing higher education environment with broad leadership, bold vision, and willingness to make difficult decisions;
  • Respect for the balance between shared governance practices with fair, responsible leadership in a collective bargaining environment;
  • Commitment to understand and advance a technology framework that prioritizes best practices and addresses trends in in-person, hybrid, and online learning growth opportunities;
  • Commitment to promote and champion a comprehensive NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics program, and embrace the power of athletics to secure fidelity to and support of the university;
  • Experience with collaborations and building partnerships with stakeholder groups, including but not limited to the state legislature; city, county, and tribal leaders; K-12 and other institutions of higher education; business; and industry;
  • Strong advocate for the university while supporting statewide policies of the Kansas Board of Regents and colleague presidents;
  • Ability to engage and be committed to the work of the PSU Alumni Association, PSU Foundation, donors, and other university support groups;  
  • Senior-level higher education experience in a regional university similar in size and mission to PSU (preferred); and
  • Earned doctorate or terminal degree from an accredited institution of higher education (preferred).

Nominations and Applications

To assure best consideration, nominations and applications should be received by February 18, 2022. The application must include:

  1. A letter of interest of not more than three pages;
  2. A current résumé (or curriculum vitae); and
  3. The names of five professional references with each person's position, office or home address, e-mail address, and telephone numbers. References will not be contacted without prior authorization from the applicant.

Nominations and applications (Word or PDF) should be sent 

The new President will assume office on or about July 1, 2022.

For nominations and inquiries, please contact:

James H. McCormick, Executive Search / (651) 238-5188

Janice S. Fitzgerald, Executive Search / (717) 580-0663

The Kansas Board of Regents is committed to compliance with all applicable laws concerning affirmative action and equal employment opportunities. All employment terms and conditions, including but not limited to compensation and benefits, shall be granted without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, genetic information, disability or sexual orientation.  Decisions about applicants for employment shall be made on the basis of job-related criteria, such as ability, availability, experience and training.