President The Board of Regents of Eastern Michigan University (EMU) seeks a dynamic, entrepreneurial, and visionary leader with a focus on high performance and sustained excellence to serve as its next President. Since its founding in 1849, EMU has grown from a small teacher’s college to a major learning and research institution with a distinct mix of comprehensive academic resources and strong community initiatives. The university offers more than 200 undergraduate majors and 100 graduate programs to 23,000 students. The University is a member of the Mid-American Conference and offers 21 varsity sports for 550 student athletes. ABOUT EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY Located in historic Ypsilanti, Eastern Michigan University is about 10 miles east of Ann Arbor, 35 miles west of Detroit, and just 18 minutes from Detroit Metro Airport. Our 800-acre main campus is comprised of 12 residence halls, 18 miles of walkways and jogging trails, and 122 buildings. The university has satellite campuses in Brighton, Detroit, Jackson, Livonia, and Traverse City. In addition to fostering student engagement and success; high-performing academic programs and quality research; innovation, diversity and ethical conduct in the workplace, Eastern supports community engagement and collaborations that create a mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and experiences. We are one of just 240 U.S. colleges and universities to receive the 2015 Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation. EMU also earned the distinction in 2008—testament to a deep and longstanding commitment to community involvement and enhancing the overall quality of life in our region. THE OPPORTUNITY As the University’s chief executive officer, the President reports to the Board of Regents and is responsible for the academic, philanthropic, student, financial and overall direction of the University. The President will be a vibrant leader and strong promoter of the mission of the University. She/he must be able to effectively engage with faculty; students; alumni; potential donors; local, state, and federal officials; and various leaders in business, government, and education. The President is expected to build upon existing traditions to strategically ensure continued growth and success. The next President of Eastern Michigan University should possess qualities to include: impeccable integrity, high energy, adept communication and interpersonal skills, well demonstrated administrative abilities, a commitment to public higher education, vision and ingenuity, political astuteness, an unwavering commitment to diversity, and an overall personality that engenders confidence and respect. She/he should also possess proven acumen and/or experiences that demonstrate the ability to understand the complexities of inter-collegiate athletics and its evolving dynamic within current University environments. PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITES The President is the Senior University Officer. Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following: • • • • • • • • • • • • • Provide leadership and develop collaborative relationships with the University’s many constituencies including faculty, staff, students, alumni, local community members, friends and Michigan state policy makers Leverage the strengths of Eastern Michigan University, building on the foundation of its mission and core values Convey an unwavering commitment to the students of Eastern Michigan University and support their diversity of background and experiences Serve as the chief development officer for Eastern Michigan University and identify and secure new funding sources Serve as the key legislative advocate for Eastern Michigan University regarding higher education issues Empower staff to implement strategic initiatives and create a cohesive team environment Assume fiscal responsibility for and oversee the financial operations and physical facilities of the University Build engagement and trust campus-wide through inclusive discourse and shared governance Build engagement and trust with the local and broader communities through inclusive discourse, collaboration and mutually beneficial initiatives Promote international outreach and programs designed to further the development of students, faculty, and staff and expand the reach and positive reputation of the institution Oversee labor relations negotiations Ensure a secure and safe learning environment Create an atmosphere inclusive of a complete higher education experience including, academic success, campus life experiences, athletics, cultural exposure, service opportunities, etc. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS It is preferred that the next President possesses the following characteristics and qualifications: • • • • An earned doctorate or other terminal degree is desirable Unquestionable integrity Proven leadership and significant administrative experience in managing and operating a complex organization Demonstrated experience in fundraising and cultivation efforts at a not-for-profit or forprofit organization • • • • • • • • • Commitment to academic values including a commitment to students and faculty, learning and research, and collaborative, shared governance Ability to successfully develop and maintain positive communication at all levels Understanding of political and labor relations organizations and processes Strong familiarity with higher education policies and practices Ability to be an inspirational, entrepreneurial, confident, inspiring, and pro-active leader Demonstrated success in achieving ethnic, gender, and cultural diversity Strong negotiating skills required to represent and protect the interests of Eastern Michigan University Ability to build consensus within a large, complex organization and to encourage open dialogue and expression of differences Ability to be a powerful proponent of Eastern Michigan University and the region through deep community engagement APPLICATION PROCESS The Presidential Search Advisory Committee invites letters of nomination, applications (letter of interest, comprehensive curriculum vitae, and contact information of at least five references), or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting Eastern Michigan University (electronic submissions preferred). Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made. It is preferred, however, that all nominations and applications be submitted prior to December 15, 2015. Laurie C. Wilder, President Porsha L. Williams, Vice President Jacob C. Anderson, Associate Parker Executive Search Five Concourse Parkway, Suite 2900 Atlanta, Georgia 30328 (770) 804-1996 ext: 109, and 111 [email protected]rch.com || [email protected] EMU is an equal opportunity employer, and the institution is regularly recognized by U.S. News and World Report for its diversity.