President

Position Overview

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The National Association of System Heads (NASH) invites applications for the position of President to lead the organization through its next era of growth and development. NASH has historically served as a membership organization for system leaders, with active participation by senior academic officers and other campus leaders, and with the launch of the new strategic plan, NASH has taken on an additional affirmative role as a leadership organization that is spearheading a transformation agenda for public higher education. The next President will speak with credibility and passion about the role of public higher education systems and serve as a compelling face and voice for the organization to a wide range of stakeholders, including members, policymakers, peer associations, and the public.

With the increased philanthropic support and team of highly qualified staff and consultants, the President will have the opportunity to enhance NASH’s profile through increased awareness and visibility. Given the scope and scale of its membership and the millions of students public higher education systems collectively represent, NASH is uniquely positioned to contribute to the national dialogue on higher education. It will be important for the next President to maintain and enhance existing partnerships as well as to establish new partnerships that leverage NASH’s growing role as a leader in collective impact and scaling what works to move the dial on student success. The next President will inherit a number of initiatives with defined funding sources, partners, and scopes, but with myriad pathways for implementation and opportunities for long-term growth.

Established in 1979, NASH is the association of the chief executives of the college and university systems of public higher education in the United States. There are 65 systems in 44 states that collectively represent more than 450 individual campuses; more than two-thirds of these systems are NASH members. Together, public university systems educate approximately three-quarters of the nation’s students in four-year higher education and a significant proportion of students seeking two-year degrees. The total number of students across NASH’s 48 member systems is 5.6 million. For more information about AGB, please visit: https://nash.edu/

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

Nominations and Applications

The search committee will begin reviewing applications in March and will continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, applicant materials should be received by March 10, 2023.

Candidates should provide:

  • A letter of interest stating how their experience and qualifications connect with the required/preferred characteristics and priorities expressed in the leadership profile;
  • A curriculum vitae;
  • The names and contact information of five professional references. References will not be contacted without prior authorization from the applicant.

Application materials and nominations should be sent electronically (PDF or MS Word) to: NASHPresident@agbsearch.com

Please direct nominations and inquiries to:

Dr. Laura Woodworth-Ney, Principallaura.woodworth-ney@agbsearch.com / (208) 589-8896

Mr. Andrew Bowen, Executive Search Associateandrew.bowen@agbsearch.com / (802) 345-1279 

NASH is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and believes that recruiting and developing a diverse and inclusive staff is vital to the organization’s success. We seek a rich, diverse candidate pool and invite all qualified individuals to apply.