Florida State University in Florida

Date Posted July 21, 2014


Florida State University's Board of Trustees seeks a dynamic President to lead the institution and accelerate its upward trajectory in its pursuit of academic excellence. The work led by past presidents has catapulted the University to rank among the top 40 public institutions (U.S. News & World Report, 2014 Best College Rankings). Florida State is poised to attract a visionary and inspirational leader committed to leading the University in its effort to achieve its goal of becoming a top 25-ranked public university.

As one of the nation's most elite research universities, and one of the largest and oldest of the 12 institutions of higher learning in the State University System of Florida, Florida State University offers a distinctive academic environment that serves more than 41,000 students. The University is supported by approximately 6,200 employees and an operating budget of $1.28 billion. Florida State offers a welcoming campus environment and capitalizes on its prime location in the heart of the state capital. Combining traditional strengths in the arts and humanities with internationally recognized leadership in the sciences, Florida State provides unmatched opportunities for students and faculty through challenging academics, cultural discovery and community interaction. Florida State's 16 colleges and its Graduate School offer more than 314 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, professional and specialist degree programs, including medicine and law. In addition to its academic programs, Florida State possesses a rich history of educational offerings at sites around the world and success in athletics. Additional information about Florida State, its history and programs can be found at

Reporting to the Florida State Board of Trustees, the President serves as the University's chief executive officer and is charged with setting the University's vision and ensuring the effective leadership and management of the institution. This individual will have the extraordinary opportunity to lead an ambitious and rapidly climbing institution that embraces intelligent risk taking, entrepreneurial thinking and an openness to strategic change. Florida State seeks a leader with the ability to craft a bold vision for its future while enhancing its commitment to advance in the national rankings. The President will act as a catalyst for creativity and innovation and will work with Florida State's Board of Trustees, the State of Florida Legislature, and the State University System of Florida Board of Governors to further enhance higher education in Florida.

Florida State's next President will exercise overall leadership for the University's resource development, fundraising initiatives and fiscal well-being. In serving as one of the leading spokespersons for higher education in the state, the President will be an influential leader who must possess excellent judgment and diplomacy, personal and professional integrity, and a reputation for working collegially and collaboratively with internal and external constituencies.

It is preferred that the successful candidate possess an earned doctorate or other terminal degree with a strong record of scholarship and teaching and a proven history of executive level administrative experience in higher education that demonstrates the ability to lead a large, public research university. While academic experience (professional and administrative) is strongly desired, exceptional candidates with nontraditional backgrounds who have demonstrated a high degree of national or international success in business, industry, nonprofit or government will be considered. For additional and specific criteria about the position, please visit the Florida State Presidential Search website at

The deadline for all applications is September 2, 2014, and the screening of applications will begin September 5. Applications should include a current curriculum vitae as well as a letter specifically describing how the applicant's experience relates to the opportunity, the qualifications and the desired characteristics. Submission of materials via email is strongly preferred. Nomination letters should include the name and contact information of the nominee.

In accordance with the State of Florida's open records laws, all applications and letters of interest will be made public. Application materials should be submitted to:

Alberto Pimentel
Managing Partner
Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates
1111 Corporate Center Drive, Suite 106
Monterey Park, CA 91754
323-260-7889 (FAX)

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