Position Overview

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The University of Dubuque (UD) announces the search for its 12th president and invites applications and nominations from exceptional candidates to lead one of the most physically and programmatically changed universities in the Midwest. UD’s next president will join a committed community of higher education leaders who remain focused on the Mission of shaping lives of exceptional ability, worth, and purpose.

The University of Dubuque provides a close-knit community of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends who care deeply about the institution, its continued success, and its future direction. The University’s Board of Trustees is committed to the success of the president and the institution. The campus is located high on the bluffs above the Mississippi River in the city of Dubuque, Iowa, with buildings, views, and a setting that is peaceful, bucolic, and reflective of the great care that has been part of the intentional growth tradition of the University for many years. This beautiful setting is indicative of a quality living/learning environment that is a hallmark of the institution.

The new president will have the opportunity to build upon the successes of the past, continue to innovate while preserving a sense of history and tradition, and consider new directions for the future. The campus would welcome the opportunity to have the next president in residence for many years to come just as they have continued to support and enjoy the leadership of current President Jeffrey F. Bullock. 

Among the priorities for the next president are maintaining financial stability, embodying the University’s Christian commitment and culture, giving renewed attention to current retention and degree completion initiatives, supporting continued program innovation, establishing strong relationships with the long-term friends that support the University financially, and building a team dedicated to supporting the University’s future. UD’s next president will continue to lead the institution through five strategies of distinction that are outlined in, and in support of, UD’s Student Success Commitment: Maintain distinctive UD culture; Continue communicating a compelling brand; Continued strong foundational infrastructure; Maintaining stakeholder support; and Build upon outstanding academic programming.

Candidates are encouraged to review the search profile, which can be accessed above.

Nominations and Applications

The application deadline for best consideration is December 4, 2023. The search will remain open until an appointment is made.

Candidates are requested to submit the following:

  • A curriculum vitae
  • A letter of interest
  • A statement of Christian Faith
  • The names, email addresses, and phone numbers of five references (none of whom will be contacted without the permission of the candidate)

All application materials should be submitted through the AGB Search portal system accessible via this link.

Questions regarding the application process should be directed to

Nominations and expressions of interest are encouraged. Please direct them to or to the AGB search consultants listed below:

Sally Mason, Senior Executive Search Consultant - / (765) 414-0299
Larry Ladd, Executive Search Consultant -  / (508) 274-0910

Applications from qualified persons with diverse backgrounds and cultures, including women and persons of color, are welcomed. AA/EOE