National University, headquartered in San Diego, California, is the founding institution of the National University System (NUS), which includes National University (NU), Northcentral University (NCU), City University of Seattle (CU), and National Education Partners (NEP). NUS has operated under the leadership of Chancellor Michael Cunningham for more than eight years, during which the System’s student enrollments have doubled, and its endowments have tripled.

Currently, NUS is undertaking a significant milestone in its history. The Boards of Trustees of NU, NCU, and NEP decided to consolidate these three brands under the NU brand pending applicable regulatory approvals. This consolidation will create one of the largest non-profit open access universities serving adult learners in the country. The combined entity will have more than 47,000 students, 3,000 faculty, 1,200 staff, 200,000 alumni, and a capital reserve fund’s endowments of more than $1.5 billion. In addition, a major transformation aimed at significantly increasing enrollment while materially improving student learning outcomes is underway.


National University, seeks an accomplished leader to work collaboratively to achieve the transformation goals and lead the merged entity and ultimately the System. The next president will be the respected head of the flagship of National University System and an effective, selfless player implementing a progressive, evolving strategy for growth.


The new president will possess the experience, skills, and focus required to help shape the future of this innovative institution while exemplifying the character and ethics expected in a highly visible, trusted university and community leader. The new president will also ensure that student success, social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion are at the center of all we do.


A complete Search Profile may be found at and additional information about National University and the presidential search may be found at


The NU Presidential Search Committee will begin reviewing and evaluating applications as they are received and continue to accept and review credentials until a new president is selected. Candidates are advised to submit their materials by January 14, 2022 to ensure the fullest consideration.


Dr. Richard A. Wueste of AGB Search is assisting with this search. Nominators and prospective candidates may contact him at or (540) 431-5131.


Nominations and expressions of interest may be submitted electronically to: 


Application materials must include:


  • Letter of interest that responds to the Opportunities & Challenges and the Qualifications & Qualities of the Next NU President sections of the profile.
  • Complete CV or resume.
  • Names and contact information (telephone and e-mail) for five references. References provided will be contacted at a later stage of the search and references will not be contacted without the formal permission of the candidate. All inquiries and applications will be received and evaluated in confidence.



NUS offers a comprehensive benefits package, competitive salaries, and an opportunity to work in an innovative environment that supports diversity. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees. The System does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), national origin, ancestry, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, family care status, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation or any other basis protected by state or federal laws.