Position Overview

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The Board of Trustees announces the search for the next president of Wilberforce University. Wilberforce University seeks an exceptional leader to champion the institution’s sacred duty to educate and enrich its students. The President will be the public face and representation of Wilberforce University, presenting the highest levels of integrity, morality, and trust.

Founded in 1856, Wilberforce University is the nation’s oldest private, historically Black University owned and operated by the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Wilberforce University is a four-year accredited liberal arts institution grounded in the time-honored tradition of the liberal arts with an intentional focus on entrepreneurship that addresses the aptitudes, interests, and aspirations of the millennial student. An education at Wilberforce University is based in five core pillars: communication, problem solving, critical thinking, global perspective, and citizenship.

The next President of Wilberforce University will possess:

  • Strategic capability to act as a change agent for the university
  • The ability to balance strong, timely executive leadership with inclusive decision-making and shared governance
  • A philanthropic ethos to increase the university’s visibility in our community and region
  • A results-oriented drive to meet the university’s strategic objectives
  • Additional desired competencies with:
    • Financial management
    • Improving student enrollment
    • Data analytics and information technology
    • Student engagement
    • Internal and external relationship building

Additional information on Wilberforce University is available at:

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

Nominations and Applications

To assure fullest consideration, application materials, as described in the Search Profile, should be received by midnight Eastern time, November 28, 2022. The Search Committee will review applications as they are received and continue its work until an appointment is made.

Candidates should provide the following:

  • A letter of interest that responds to the position profile, the specific qualifications, and the desired characteristics for the president;
  • A current and comprehensive CV or resume;
  • Five professional references with emails, telephone numbers, and a description of the candidate’s professional relationship (references will not be contacted without prior authorization from the applicant).

Applications and nominations should be sent electronically (MS Word or PDF Format) to:

All nominations, inquiries and applications will be received and evaluated in full confidence and remain confidential.

Candidates are encouraged to reach out to the consultants through an initial email contact to discuss this opportunity.

Dr. Carlton Brown, Executive Search / (912) 247-8661

Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd, Executive Search / (301) 538-1019

Dr. Rod McDavis, Managing / (804) 514-1982

Wilberforce provides equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals.  Employment decisions at Wilberforce University are based on merit, qualifications and abilities. We do not discriminate in employment opportunities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.