Secretary to the Board of Trustees

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Pomona College, a nationally acclaimed institution of higher learning, invites applications and nominations for its Secretary to the Board of Trustees and Director of Board Engagement post, a dynamic and exciting professional opportunity. 

The Pomona College Board of Trustees (“Board”) has both governance and stewardship responsibilities that are critical to the long-term success of the College. The Secretary to the Board of Trustees and Director of Board Engagement (“Secretary”), in collaboration with other College leaders, is responsible for maximizing the effectiveness of the Board by ensuring best-practice governance and fiduciary oversight, administrative efficiency, strategic alignment with the President and Executive Staff, and meaningful trustee engagement with Pomona College.

The Secretary is a member of the Executive Staff, with solid-line reporting to the President of the College and dotted-line reporting to the Vice President for Advancement.  The Secretary is an officer of the College.

The primary responsibilities for the position include providing support and advice to the Board in exercising their governance and oversight responsibilities; engaging trustees from recruitment through retirement from the Board and service as trustees emeriti; supporting the identification, cultivation, and recruitment of potential new trustees and responsibility for coordinating and supporting meetings and other activities of the Board.

Located in Claremont, California, Pomona College is widely regarded as one of the nation's premier liberal arts colleges. Established in 1887, Pomona College is known for small classes, a challenging curriculum, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of student research and leadership opportunities. Pomona is a member of The Claremont Colleges. Pomona College has approximately 1,700 students; 1,000 faculty and staff; an endowment of $3 billion; and an annual operating budget of $300 million. 

A complete leadership profile may be found above. 

Nominations and Applications 

For full consideration, applications should be received by April 15, 2024

Candidates should provide the following:

  • Letter of interest addressing the experience and qualifications identified in the profile.
  • A curriculum vitae/resume.
  • A statement of commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Five professional references with email addresses and phone numbers provided (references will not be contacted without prior permission from the applicant).

Applications should be in PDF format and submitted through the AGB Search portal at: Secretary to the Board of Trustees at Pomona College  

Nominations and expressions of interest may be submitted to: 

AGB Search is assisting with this search. Nominators and prospective applicants may contact the executive search consultants for additional information:

Margaret (Peggy) Plympton, Ed.D. - Principal / 484-554-4542

Fred Moore, J.D. – Senior Executive Search Consultant / 712-299-2544

Pomona College prides itself in being an open, competitive, and equal opportunity employer. The College is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees and complies with all applicable state and federal laws on the matter. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition, family care leave status, veteran's status, or any other category described in Pomona College’s Nondiscrimination Policy or protected by law.