The Board of Trustees of the University of Mount Olive (UMO) invites applications for the position of President to take office on July 1, 2018.


UMO is a private liberal arts institution located in Mount Olive, North Carolina, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists. UMO’s major focus is to serve students and communities in North Carolina by providing quality educational opportunities enriched by the values of the founding church. There is strong emphasis on personalized, values-based learning within the liberal arts tradition that has put the University on the map as one of the leading private colleges in North Carolina for more than half a century.


In addition to the Mount Olive campus, which also includes Evening College, the University offers adult education and online classes at several locations in North Carolina. In its traditional baccalaureate program, it offers over 40 different majors. Among the most popular traditional student majors are agriculture production systems, biology, education, business management, healthcare management, criminal justice and recreation/leisure studies. UMO offers three master-level programs: Master of Business Administration, Master of Education, and Master of Nursing.

The total fall 2017 enrollment for all locations and online is approximately 3,500 students (2,309 FTE).  The number of traditional undergraduate students enrolled at the main Mount Olive campus is 1,060.



An advanced degree in the candidate’s field is required, with a significant track record of leadership in higher education. The successful candidate will demonstrate a number of presidential qualities that are described in an extended profile of the position and the University of Mount Olive, to be found at:




To apply, a candidate should prepare a thoughtful letter of interest addressing, as appropriate, the issues and desired qualifications outlined in this profile. Include also a current, long-form resume (it should show relevant administrative responsibilities and accomplishments) and the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of at least five references and the candidate’s relationship to each reference. References will be called at a later stage and only with the candidate’s foreknowledge.

By University policy and search committee affirmation, all information from and about candidates will be kept in strict confidence in perpetuity. For full consideration by the search committee, applications should be submitted by November 15, 2017. Additional information about the institution can be found at

Send materials as an e-mail attachment in Microsoft Word format to:  The search is being assisted by Academic Search, Inc.  Senior Consultants Maya Ranchod Kirkhope and Nancy Suttenfield are leading the search and can be reached at and, respectively.