Dillard University Search for President


Dillard University, a selective, coeducational, residential, private university located in the heart of New Orleans, is seeking an energetic and entrepreneurial leader to serve as its 8th President. The new President will be charged with stewarding the University’s storied legacy as one of the country’s leading historically black universities and positioning the institution to continue to fulfill its mission of providing an excellent education for leaders of tomorrow. The University is ranked among the nation’s top Historically Black Colleges & Universities by US News & World Report, reaching #14 in 2022. Among its academic achievements, Dillard boasts a prodigious physics program, ranked third in 2020 by the American Institute of Physics in producing African American physics graduates. Its pre-law program is also well known: in 2021, 93 percent of its students who applied for law schools were accepted.


Founded more than 150 years ago in the aftermath of the Civil War in 1869, Dillard is located on a 55-acre campus in the Gentilly area of New Orleans, earning it the appellation “the Jewel of Gentilly.” The University is affiliated with the United Church of Christ, and its distinguished faculty are dedicated to teaching, scholarship, internal and external services, and innovative academic programs. It enrolls approximately 1,200 students at the undergraduate level in its four colleges with 22 academic degree programs.  Students come from 33 states and 12 countries.


Reporting to the Board of Trustees, the President serves as the chief executive officer of the University and shepherd of the institution’s mission. The position provides an outstanding opportunity for a talented and thoughtful individual to lead a vibrant academic community. The next President must have a track record of success in a complex organization and a working knowledge of HBCUs, with a deep respect for the critical role that they have played and continue to play in the lives of historically underrepresented, marginalized students of color. To sustain that legacy and its impact on global society, Dillard’s next leader will have a firm understanding of the existential threats facing many higher educational institutions and how those threats are especially challenging for HBCUs. The university’s next President must be highly visible, engaging with students, faculty, and staff while deepening relationships with local and global stakeholders alike.


Dillard University has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist the Presidential Search Committee in its identification and review of candidates. All applications, inquiries, and nominations will remain confidential. Nominations and applications should be submitted online at:


Monroe “Bud” Moseley, Partner 

Donna Cramer, Partner

Afi Tettey-Fio, Senior Associate

Mindy Cimini, Search Coordinator

Isaacson, Miller 


Dillard University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and actively works to enhance its diversity.