The University of North Florida



The University of North Florida, celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2022, is seeking its next president to lead with a clear, inspiring vision for the future.

The University of North Florida (UNF) is a nationally ranked university in Jacksonville, Florida, located on a beautiful campus midway between downtown and the city’s beaches. UNF offers students small class sizes and individualized attention from faculty, extensive experiential learning opportunities, strong job placement, an active student life, Division I athletics, and a welcoming and engaged community. A public doctoral institution and member institution of the State University System of Florida, UNF serves 17,000 students. More information can be found at

UNF is proud of its Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, a prominent national distinction recognizing the University’s vast community involvement and commitment to making a difference. UNF is also committed to diversity in all its forms and is a place where different cultures and perspectives are welcomed, appreciated and incorporated into the fabric of university life.

UNF's next president will engage the entire community in developing a clear, inspiring vision for the future of the University. Building on its strategic planning efforts to date, the president will be expected to focus on investing in student success programs and outcomes; building and sustaining a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community; strengthening academic excellence through the recruitment, retention and engagement of outstanding faculty and staff; forging sustainable, productive relationships with internal and external constituencies; and expanding the university's fundraising success.

UNF seeks an innovative and results-oriented thought leader who embodies integrity, honesty, and the highest ethical standards. The University president should possess the academic credentials needed to secure the respect of faculty, staff, students, and the community UNF serves.


Interested individuals can find a copy of the complete Position Statement HERE. All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest and should be submitted to the candidate portal.

WittKieffer is assisting UNF in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by March 7, 2022. Nominations and inquiries may be directed to: Lucy A. Leske, John Thornburgh, Charlene Aguilar, and Jessica Herrington at


The University of North Florida encourages applications from qualified persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran's status, disability, age, marital status, or gender.

Florida's "Sunshine Law" requires that all search committee business be open to public review.