University of Oregon in Oregon
|Date Posted||March 6, 2012|
The Oregon State Board of Higher Education invites nominations and applications for the position of President of the University of Oregon (UO). The UO seeks an inspirational, passionate, innovative leader and strategic thinker with stature, distinction, and an exemplary record of leadership-a president who relentlessly pursues and promotes academic excellence, and has a demonstrated and well-articulated passion for public higher education. The UO, located in Eugene, is one of the nation's premier public teaching and research universities, the flagship institution of the Oregon University System, and one of only two AAU universities in the greater Northwest. The university's distinctive character is shaped by a smaller, more intimate educational experience; a research profile that has always been highly multidisciplinary; a strong international focus; a commitment to sustainability that infuses its academic programs, campus operations, design and architecture; and an ethos of public service that is part of the educational experience and consistently demonstrated by alumni well beyond graduation. The university enrolls 24,500 students, employs more than 1900 faculty, and has more than 200,000 active alumni.
The university seeks in its 17th President an individual of creative vision, focused energy, and unquestioned integrity, with a passion for educating students and for serving a public mission that links the growth of the university to the well-being of the state and the strengthening of all its educational institutions. The ideal candidate will have a clear vision of the future of higher education and the imagination to seize the possibilities that lie before the university and shape them to create an institution of world-class distinction to benefit Oregon and the nation.
The President will possess outstanding interpersonal, relational, and communications skills and be adept at facilitating connections and building partnerships and collaborations to accomplish the university's objectives. The President will have a clear understanding and appreciation of shared governance as a fundamental part of the culture of the university. The President will be a champion of diversity, will demonstrate cultural flexibility and embrace the many communities that comprise the UO. She or he must be agile in navigating the university's political landscape and be skilled at attracting appropriate financial resources to support the university's strategic direction and ambitious goals. The President will embrace the role and mission of a dynamic public research university that is committed to raising the aspirations of all Oregonians while recognizing the increasing role of the private sector in fulfilling the university's aspirations.
The President will possess an earned doctorate or a terminal professional degree and a strong academic sensibility; the preferred candidate will have an accomplished record of teaching, research and scholarship that merits a tenured appointment as a senior faculty member. Other requirements include a passion for public higher education; demonstrated record of substantive leadership and accomplishment within higher education, government, research, philanthropic, or service environments with multilayered constituencies; an exemplary record of scholarly, professional, and/or individual achievement; an understanding and appreciation for the research culture of an AAU institution, the importance of graduate education, and the importance of working at the frontiers of knowledge creation and dissemination; demonstrated success in attracting appropriate financial resources-public and private-to support the university's strategic direction and ambitious goals in an era of declining public support; proven record of forming productive relationships with donors, alumni, and other external constituents; global awareness; a collegial leadership style that is marked by a commitment to upholding academic values and principles of shared governance; a collaborative approach to problem-solving; and a highly communicative relationship with faculty, students, administrative staff, classified employees, alumni, and other stakeholders.
The Oregon State Board of Higher Education has retained the
services of Diversified Search as consultants to the search
committee. Screening will begin immediately and continue until an
appointment is made. All communications will be treated
confidentially. Nominations, inquiries, and applications (including
a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names of five references)
should be directed electronically in confidence to UOregon-President@divsearch.com.
Kim M. Morrisson, Ph.D., Managing Director and Practice
Leader or Betty Hasler, Managing Director
Manuel A. Gongon, Jr., Vice President and Senior Associate Diversified Search
One Commerce Square, 2005 Market Street
Suite 3300, Philadelphia, PA 19103
The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.