Position Overview

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The Board of Trustees of Ramapo College of New Jersey announces a national search for the next President of Ramapo College and invites inquires, nominations, and applications for the position.

Established in 1969 and located in Mahwah, New Jersey, Ramapo College of New Jersey, the State’s premier public liberal arts college, is dedicated to providing students a strong foundation for a lifetime of achievement. Although one of the youngest institutions in the State, Ramapo has distinguished itself among the region’s colleges and universities through its commitment to a very distinctive mission, physical accessibility, sustainability, and unwavering service to students and community. Its unique marriage of the liberal arts, wide array of internships, experiential learning, and devotion to interdisciplinary education define an institution unlike any other in New Jersey. This is truly a very special leadership opportunity in public higher education.

The College seeks a talented President to successfully lead it through the difficult challenges that face higher education in the coming years without losing the culture and community that has made Ramapo unique among New Jersey’s colleges. Ramapo’s next President will need to function as a skillful team leader and manager, a creative academic, an effective politician, and a capable fundraiser. The President will join the College by Summer 2021 and will need to be energetic, innovative, and have a deep understanding of the transformative power of a liberal arts education, as well as the current and future contexts within which public colleges function. The successful candidate must demonstrate a strong understanding of and commitment to Ramapo’s mission and values.


  • An earned doctorate or equivalent terminal degree from an accredited institution.
  • Record as a senior academic administrator and/or equivalent experience.
  • Record of scholarship—teaching, research, publication, service.

A full list of the preferred personal and professional attributes and areas of flexibility, as well as key leadership opportunities, can be found in the Presidential profile, downloadable above.

Nominations and Applications

To receive full consideration, nominations and application materials should be submitted not later than September 30, 2020.

Application materials must include:

  1. a letter of interest, which responds directly to the position qualifications and leadership priorities listed in the Presidential Profile,
  2. a curriculum vitae, and
  3. the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of five professional references (please indicate your relationship with each).

No references will be contacted without prior permission granted by the candidate. All candidate names will remain confidential, except for those individuals invited to final interviews.

Application and nomination materials should be submitted electronically to:

Potential candidates are encouraged to initiate a conversation about this opportunity through an email contact with Dr. McDavis, Dr. Hernandez, or Ms. Templeton prior to submitting materials.

Ramapo College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. Ramapo has a long history of advocating, advising, and supporting diversity, equity, and inclusiveness. Examples can be found in its mission statement, strategic plans, degree and course offerings, community outreach programs, and numerous diversity conferences and programs. 

Ramapo’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is infused across all facets of the College; where the environment is welcoming, dedicated to social justice, respectful of freedom of expression, focused on educating and having an ongoing conversation regarding cultural competence and the benefits and importance of diversity