Presidential Search

Mercy College invites nominations and applications for its 13th President and successor to Tim Hall. The College seeks a strategic leader who will wholeheartedly embrace the institution’s mission and history while continuing the College’s innovative and entrepreneurial spirit. The next President will have the opportunity to continue a shared strategic vision, expand the College’s resource base while sustaining its strong financial position, enhance fundraising efforts geared towards expanding the College’s support of students, and be a visible and engaged member of the Mercy community. The next President will be the chief advocate for the College and an accomplished relationship builder internally and externally to support growth and change at Mercy and enhance the brand and visibility of the College.

Mercy College is a thriving independent, coeducational, comprehensive, and student-centered institution with campuses in Dobbs Ferry, the Bronx, and Manhattan in New York. Mercy College is driven by its mission to provide motivated students the opportunity to transform their lives through higher education by offering liberal arts and professional programs in personalized and high-quality learning environments, thus preparing students to embark on rewarding careers, to continue learning throughout their lives, and to act ethically and responsibly in a changing world. Many Mercy College students come from non-traditional backgrounds and are often the first or second generation in their families to earn a college degree.  Mercy College is recognized by the United States Department of Education as a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). Mercy College has benefitted from strong financial stewardship and management and has a healthy financial outlook. Its ‘A’ credit rating was reaffirmed by Standard & Poor’s Rating Services (S&P) for higher education in February 2021; it has maintained this rating since it was first achieved in 2012.

The President is the Chief Executive Officer of the College, reporting directly to the Board of Trustees. The President provides empowering leadership and direction for the management of all external and internal affairs of the College in keeping with its transformative mission and focus on students. This includes the direct supervision of the College’s leadership team and oversight of the institutional budget, endowment, development, and the College’s highly dedicated faculty and staff. The successful candidate would preferably possess a terminal degree from a regionally accredited institution and demonstrated success at senior leadership experience in a college/university setting or comparably complex not-for-profit environments. To help lead the campus community through these developments, to help build on Mercy’s strong academic reputation, and to help the institution become even more self-sustaining, Mercy seeks the following:

  • A leader with unquestionable integrity who is transparent, and exemplifies and honors ethical decision-making;
  • A President who thrives in a shared governance environment serving as a supportive, collaborative, and inspirational leader for faculty, staff, and students;
  • A President who understands and supports both the academic nature of the institution (and its complex professional programs) and the complex business aspects of the organization;
  • A leader with strong business acumen who brings a demonstrated record of achieving balanced budgets;
  • A President with a propensity for relationship building with a proven track record for attracting talent to campus and friend-raising;
  • An emphatic champion of diversity and inclusion who will understand how to develop an inclusive and equitable culture.
  • An entrepreneurial leader with a capacity for fundraising and experience cultivating significant financial resources;
  • An inspiring leader who grasps—and is able to advance—Mercy’s role not only as an educational leader in the New York Metropolitan area but also as an engaged, active participant in the local community and more broadly, the northeast region;
  • An outcomes-oriented leader who can enhance data-driven decision-making efforts and promote accountability at the College;
  • An executive who can model inclusive leadership internally and promote the ideals of Mercy College that it effectively prepares students to become inclusive leaders in the future;
  • A leader who can appreciate and support academic excellence in both teaching and research;
  • A student-centered leader with a strong focus and commitment to the students;
  • A leader who has demonstrated a strong collaborative leadership style, with the ability to make difficult decisions and move the institution forward;
  • An outcomes-oriented leader who can not only develop plans but also ensure they are executed effectively;
  • A leader who will understand the complexities students, faculty, and staff face in an urban and multi-campus environment; and
  • A charismatic and motivating leader with a sense of humor.

Additional information on the College and this opportunity can be found at

For this critical senior leadership role, we strongly encourage applications from qualified candidates who share identities with those of our students and/or who are members of other historically underrepresented communities.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. All nominations and applications shall be confidential. Please send a cover letter and CV to:

Steve Leo, Managing Director

Brian Bustin, Senior Associate

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