The Board of Trustees of Rockhurst University, a Catholic, Jesuit University, has commissioned a national search for its next president.  Founded in 1910 and located in the heart of Kansas City, Missouri, Rockhurst is committed to providing inclusive, innovative, and transformative education while welcoming students of all faith traditions. As a comprehensive University with nearly 4,000 students, the University’s mission is to form lifelong learners in the liberal arts tradition who engage the complexities of our world and serve others as compassionate, thoughtful leaders.


Rockhurst’s next president will succeed the Rev. Thomas B. Curran, S.J., who has successfully led the University since 2006.  The next president will build on Fr. Curran’s legacy and will lead and promote the mission; articulate an inspiring, compelling vision; ensure financial sustainability; advance a strong and engaged campus community; enhance external and community partnerships; advance justice, diversity, equity and inclusion; continue building a culture of philanthropy; embrace innovation; and serve as a thought leader in higher education. The ideal candidate will be a committed Catholic and will be excited to embrace Ignatian spirituality and model servant-leadership in all aspects of religious, professional, and civic life.


A full leadership profile is available at


To assure full consideration, applications should be received by Monday, November 29, 2021.

Applications must include the following documents:


  1. A letter of interest addressing the position profile's desired presidential attributes;
  2. Curriculum vitae; and
  3. Five professional references with email addresses and telephone numbers. References will not be contacted without prior authorization from the candidate.


Application materials should be sent electronically (PDF format) to:




Melissa K. Trotta, Ed.D.

Associate Managing Principal, AGB Search, 202.776.0866




Shannon McCambridge, J.D., LL.M.

Executive Search Consultant, AGB Search, 206.310.7560


Additional information about Rockhurst University can be found at


Rockhurst University provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.