President, DePaul University

Chicago, Illinois


DePaul University seeks an entrepreneurial, strategic, and collaborative leader to serve as its next President. DePaul, the largest Catholic university in the United States, is an intellectually vibrant, financially stable institution poised for even greater prominence. True to its Vincentian mission to serve the public good and give people of all ethnicities and backgrounds the opportunity to receive a college education, it always has been an institution that serves first-generation and low-income students. A servant leader, the next President will join this deeply dedicated, mission-driven community and build upon the university’s areas of excellence to ensure DePaul’s ongoing success in a dynamic higher education landscape.


Established in 1898 as St. Vincent’s College, DePaul has evolved from its humble beginnings as the “little school under the El” to a university with 10 colleges and schools on two campuses that enrolls nearly 22,000 students. The University enrolls more Pell recipients than 94% of all colleges and universities in the U.S. and graduates them at a higher rate than most other universities with a similar number of Pell students. Approximately 90% of recent undergraduate and graduate degree recipients were employed or continuing their education within six months of graduation. As DePaul approaches its 125th anniversary, it has over 122,000 alumni in the Chicago metro area.


DePaul seeks a leader committed to the Vincentian mission and excellence in all university endeavors who will build on its enduring strengths to firmly establish DePaul as one of the country’s finest institutions in higher education. To achieve this aspirational goal, the new President must provide inspirational, collaborative, and forward-looking leadership; set a bold vision and clear strategy to advance DePaul’s mission and reputation; lead, manage, and ensure financial sustainability; be prepared to lead a comprehensive fundraising campaign; strengthen DePaul’s commitment to its Vincentian mission, academic excellence, and community service; bolster DePaul’s commitment and action on issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion; and strengthen DePaul’s relationships with the Chicago community.


The Board of Trustees has formed a search committee and retained Isaacson, Miller, the national executive search firm. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process/until the position is filled. All expressions of interest from qualified candidates are encouraged. Confidential inquiries, nominations, and applications can be submitted electronically to:


Julie Filizetti, Partner

Phillip Petree, Partner

Ludi Chow, Senior Associate

Isaacson, Miller


DePaul University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer with a strong commitment to hiring for our mission and diversifying our faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion (except where religion is a bona fide occupational qualification for the job), national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status or any other factor protected by law.