The Board of Trustees of Lees-McRae College, located in Banner Elk, NC, invites nominations and applications for the appointment of President. While embracing the heritage and spirituality of the College, the new President will play a defining role in shaping the future of Lees-McRae College.

The Lees-McRae College campus is situated on 460 acres in the charming town of Banner Elk, ideally located in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina.  Lees-McRae College offers 23 programs of study to 1,000 undergraduate students through its four schools: Arts, Humanities and Education; Business and Management; Nursing and Health Sciences; and Natural and Behavioral Sciences.  The Core Curriculum offered at Lees-McRae is the cornerstone of the academic experience designed to foster a 21st Century approach to critical, creative, and collaborative inquiry.

Lees-McRae College is seeking a dynamic President with unquestioned character and integrity. The President should have the experience and skill sets to build relationships, garner and provide resources, and form collaborative partnerships. The Board is seeking a President with a strong commitment to Judeo-Christian principles.  The President should have a willingness to commit to the region and provide leadership to its vitality.  As the primary spokesperson for the institution, the new President must have effective communication and public relations skills. Candidates should have proven success in fundraising.  A diverse knowledge and appreciation for the liberal arts and professional degrees is essential, as well as a strong desire to work openly with the faculty and staff to ensure continued academic excellence. Candidates should demonstrate evidence of engagement in initiatives and projects that foster diversity for faculty, staff, and students.

The full leadership profile can be found here:

Review of candidates will begin immediately.  Application materials should include a letter addressing how the candidate’s experience matches the position requirements, including any experience sustaining or growing small colleges, and updated curriculum vitae.

Nominations and inquiries of interest may be sent in confidence to the College’s executive recruitment consultants:


Martin M. Baker, Managing Partner

Chelsie Whitelock, Senior Associate


10 Cadillac Drive, Suite 190

Brentwood, TN 37027

Lees-McRae College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer