Alliance, Ohio


The University of Mount Union Board of Trustees has announced the search for the University’s 13th president, an appointment to become effective on or about July 1, 2020. The new president will succeed Dr. Richard Merriman who will retire at the end of the 2019-2020 academic year.

With a focus on growth and financial stability, the new president will be asked to build the next iteration of Mount Union’s strategic plan, to champion the liberal arts as the foundation of all academic programs, to sustain a spirit of academic entrepreneurship, to enhance current revenue streams, and to inspire others through continued collaboration. The opportunity for visionary leadership at Mount Union is uncommonly attractive.

The University of Mount Union is a private liberal arts-centered university located in Alliance, OH, (pop 23,000) approximately 80 miles from Cleveland and Pittsburgh. Mount Union’s nearly 2,300 students (including over 200 graduate students) enjoys an historical 13:1 student-faculty ratio and a curriculum delivered by dedicated faculty members, 87% of whom hold terminal degrees in their fields. Students can select from 56 broad-based and career specific programs at the undergraduate level, master’s programs in physician assistant studies and education, and a doctoral program in physical therapy. With an annual budget of nearly $60M and a current endowment of $145M, UMU closed the 2018-2019 academic year with its 65th consecutive year of balanced operations as measured by operating revenues exceeding operating expenses.

Prior to making applications, prospective candidates are encouraged to learn more about the application guidelines by reviewing the Presidential Search Profile at Candidates are requested to submit materials by 5 PM EST on Friday, November 22.  All inquiries will be received in full confidence by:

Thomas B. Courtice, Ph.D.
 President, TBC Search Consulting


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The University of Mount Union is an equal opportunity employer. The University prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, gender, gender identity or expression, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, veteran status, marital or parental status, pregnancy, disability, or genetic information in student admissions, financial aid, educational or athletic programs, or employment as now or may hereafter be required by university policy and federal or state law.