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Berea College
Presidential Search


The Board of Trustees of Berea College invites nominations and applications for its 10th President. The Board seeks an inspirational, innovative, and collaborative leader who will extend Berea's 167-year legacy and develop a bold plan for the future.

Berea College is a private, residential, undergraduate liberal arts college with a historic and distinctive mission to educate students of great academic promise but limited economic means. Berea awards each of its approximately 1,600 students a Tuition Promise Scholarship rather than charge them for tuition. The scholarships are made possible, in part, by the College's endowment, which had a market value of $1.573 billion in February 2022. With a 9:1 student to faculty ratio and an average class size of 14, Berea features small classes and accessible faculty. It offers a robust General Studies program and degrees in 34 fields, including the arts and sciences, interdisciplinary programs, and select professional fields. Central to Berea's identity and educational enterprise is its celebrated Labor Program. Berea is one of nine federally recognized Work Colleges in the U.S. and the only one where students receive a portion of their earnings to defray their expenses.

The next president of Berea College will be a courageous visionary leader with a broad understanding of the higher education landscape, a collaborative individual who is student-centered, and someone who will enthusiastically build upon Berea's outstanding reputation. The president will need to embrace Berea's mission and appreciate the complexity of fulfilling its Great Commitments; nurture relationships and be an actively engaged community builder; foster a campus environment that is respectful of difference and promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion; engage and facilitate a collaborative strategic planning process; work to develop a strategy to address Berea's complex and unique enrollment challenges; and steward and grow Berea's resources in support of its ambitious mission.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated evidence of significant, successful leadership in higher education and academic credentials that include a terminal degree. The president should be an energetic, thoughtful, and innovative leader who can set a bold vision for Berea's future, while also appreciating its unique history and core values. For additional information about Berea College, the position, the qualifications sought, and how to apply, please review the Berea College President Search Profile https://academicsearch.org/open-searches-public/

Academic Search is assisting Berea College with the presidential search. To arrange a confidential conversation with a member of the consulting team, George Ross, Jay Lemons, or Jennifer Kooken, please contact BereaPresident@academicsearch.org .

Applications, nominations, and expressions of interest may be submitted in confidence to BereaPresident@academicsearch.org . The position is open until filled, but only applications received by Monday, September 5, 2022, can be assured full consideration.

Berea College, in light of its mission in the tradition of "impartial love" and social equality, welcomes "all peoples of the earth" to learn and work here. The College provides equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment regardless of their race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, national origin, political affiliation, disabling condition, or service in the uniformed services, in accordance with applicable law. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

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