The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, invites applications for the position of president of the University of Iowa (UI). UI is a flagship public doctoral university (R1), founded in 1847 and comprising 12 colleges, an academic medical center, membership in Big Ten athletics, and world class programs in creative and performing arts. The university is devoted to providing a liberal arts education balanced with professional preparation, research, and public service. The board seeks an individual who will build upon the University of Iowa's legacy and embrace its direction toward new chapters of exploration, discovery, creation, and engagement. The university community expects a strong advocate, a loyal and stable presence, and an agile leader with considerable social capital and foresight.
The new president must bring leadership characteristics that reflect a genuinely unifying, ethical, and inspirational presence. The successful candidate will be a leader who is motivating and expert in interpersonal and organizational awareness. Emotional intelligence, responsiveness, and adaptability are key qualities, along with the ability to effectively organize information and priorities and make prompt, sound decisions in the midst of complex and exacting circumstances. The president must shape productive, collaborative relationships on behalf of UI and be an articulate, courageous champion of the university statewide.
UI seeks a president arriving with an innovative, forward-thinking vision in mind, one that will be shaped through collegial discussions, listening, and learning about the university's culture and traditions. The UI presidency will be led by a fair-minded, critical thinker. The well-being of all students must be foremost, including recruitment, retention, and success with the guidance of an enormously talented faculty and staff.
The president will demonstrate commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion explicitly and in narrative. The president will give particular attention to providing a safe and reassuring environment for a diverse population, setting an example of thoughtful leadership while exhibiting an action-oriented mindset in all aspects of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice. The university community will enjoy a visible and approachable president who expresses interest and concern about them at all levels of their endeavors and experiences.
The successful candidate must be able to master the fusion of academic and administrative excellence and be capable of advancing UI in keeping with the university’s mission, vision, and values. The ideal candidate must be able to work effectively in a collaborative governance environment, using a consultative style.
The UI presidential search committee is committed to identifying a president who meets the leadership characteristics identified during listening sessions for the university constituency groups and stakeholders. The successful candidate will thrive in a public university system led by a Board of Regents and Executive Director. Toward that important end, the achievements, qualities, and attributes possessed by the ideal candidate are listed below:
The University of Iowa offers the next president the opportunity to be academically ambitious and join a distinctive, energetic community as a trusted team leader, team player, and team builder. For best consideration, applications and nominations should be received by March 15, 2021, and must include a letter of interest addressing the qualifications described (not more than three pages); a current résumé or curriculum vitae; and the names of five professional references with each person's position, office or home address, e-mail address and telephone numbers.
The search is being assisted by Rod McDavis, Managing Principal, and James McCormick and Janice Fitzgerald, Executive Search Consultants, AGB Search. Contact may be made at email@example.com, 804-514-1982; firstname.lastname@example.org, 651-238-5188; or email@example.com, 717-580-0663. Responses should be sent electronically (MS Word or PDF Format) to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the UI presidential search, go to https://presidentialsearch.uiowa.edu.
It is the policy of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa to provide equal opportunity in employment and all aspects of Regent operations to all persons without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran or military status, or any other status protected by state or federal law.