The University of Guam seeks an accomplished, innovative leader who will build on Dr. Underwood’s “Good to Great” campaign, implementing a progressive and evolving strategy for excellence and growth. The next president will possess the experience, skills, and drive required to shape the future of UOG, while exemplifying the character and ethics expected in a highly visible and trusted university and community leader.
Located 1,600 miles south of Tokyo, 1,500 miles east of Manila and 6,000 miles west of Los Angeles, Guam is the southernmost and largest of the Mariana Islands. It is a tropical paradise with an area of 212 square miles and a population of 159,358. Situated on the Pacific Coast of the island, the main campus in Mangilao overlooks the ocean and Pago Bay. The campus covers 614 acres, with more than $57.4 million invested in new buildings and renovations over the past ten years. Three new construction projects scheduled to take place include the building of the Student Services Center, the Engineering Annex and a Cultural Repository.
UOG’s reputation as a student-centered university is well-deserved. Faculty take pride in their ability to teach and reach students, preparing them with the skills needed to succeed in life. 3,875 students attend UOG, 72% of them full-time. 58% identify as female. 98% are paying resident tuition rates. 89% identify as Asian-Pacific islanders.
Founded in 1952, the university exists to serve its learners and the communities of Guam, Micronesia and the neighboring regions of the Pacific and Asia. UOG’s origins begin with the creation of a two-year teacher-training college by the US Department of Education. In 1963, administrative control was transferred to a local Board of Regents. That same year accreditation was granted as a 4-year degree-granting institution. In 1968, by act of the Guam Legislature, the college officially became the University of Guam. Recognized as a Land Grant institution in 1972, UOG has become a leading public university offering 34 undergraduate and 11 graduate degree programs.
Guam today is a truly cosmopolitan community with a unique culture, the core of which is the ancient Chamorro, heavily influenced by the Spanish occupation and the Catholic Church. Guamanians are among the friendliest people in the world. They are also a people who have lived under colonial rule from 1670 to the present day. It will be absolutely essential that the new president understands and respects the local culture and is prepared to humbly earn the respect of the people.
The next president will need to ensure that current plans to reach out to adult learners, provide educational alternatives to military personnel stationed on the island, expand the online portfolio, and improve retention, come together to form a coherent strategy for managing and growing enrollment. He/she will lead by example, listening and learning from colleagues, personally setting the tone for discourse and will be an effective steward of natural, human and financial resources. The president will be a champion of academic rigor, innovative scholarship and effective teaching. He/she will endorse the intellectual value of non-academic programs, promoting the idea that learning takes place in a variety of environments. The president will serve not only as an institutional leader, but also a community leader and spokesperson. The president will be expected to promote UOG’s visibility and reputation by demonstrating strong leadership and personal integrity.
The University of Guam Presidential Search Committee will begin reviewing and evaluating applications as they are received and will continue to accept and review credentials until a new president is selected. To ensure fullest consideration, candidates are advised to submit their materials by April 27, 2018.
Dr. Richard A. Wueste of AGB Search is assisting with this search. Nominators and prospective candidates may contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 540-431-5131.
Applications should be submitted electronically in Word or PDF format to: GuamPresident@agbsearch.com
Materials must include: