Washington University in St. Louis


St. Louis, MO

Over the last generation, Washington University in St. Louis (Washington University) has emerged as increasingly eminent and prosperous, attracting ever more academically successful student bodies and more distinguished faculties. From endowments and capital campaigns, the University grew substantial strategic investment funds that were used to rebuild the entire campus. In the term of the current Chancellor, the University built over 50 new buildings, including a full array of undergraduate facilities and exceptional academic centers for every school. In addition, the University created over 300 new endowed chairs for distinguished faculty, strengthened every school, improved national rankings for each school and added large sums for financial aid. Total research expenditures for 2017 reached $643 million. Now a great and constantly advancing institution, Washington University seeks another exceptional leader to serve as its next Chancellor.

Washington University has been built on a consistent foundation focused on providing exceptional personalized education for students, which has been sustained for nearly two generations. The University has expanded student services, and maintained its strong commitment to personalized attention and small class size. The undergraduate student-faculty ratio is 8:1 and Washington University is today one of the most selective undergraduate institutions in the country: its undergraduate program is ranked 11th in the nation by the Wall Street Journal, which is heavily influenced by undergraduate success after graduation, and 18th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. U.S. News also ranks Washington University 15th in best quality of life, 13th in admissions selectivity, and 9th in graduation and retention.

Washington University School of Medicine continues as a vital driver of the University’s success. The School of Medicine ranks 7th in U.S. News’ most recent rankings and employs over 2,000 faculty members and over 7,000 staff. The faculty teaches a large and exceptionally strong student body of over 1,400 students, and clinical faculty care for over 1.1 million patients a year. The executive vice chancellor for medical affairs reports to the Chancellor.

The next Chancellor will have the opportunity to plan strategically to continue to advance the University’s national and international reputation, to leverage strengths, and to add to the academic distinction of individual schools and the University as a whole. The student experience is impressive and attractive but needs continued enhancement to gain even more distinction in the most competitive markets. The School of Medicine has excellent research, clinical and educational programs but must continue to invest to remain competitive as a top ranked medical school and biomedical research institute. The University and the Medical Campus are important anchors for St. Louis. They have a great role to fulfill as engines of hope for social justice, public health, higher education, and the economy of the city and the region. The next Chancellor will have the opportunity to take the great work of the past and to galvanize it for the future. 

Washington University seeks in its new Chancellor a leader with strategic vision, a collegial leadership style, and the energy and integrity to inspire the University community to new levels of excellence. Candidates should have a history of academic leadership, or equivalent experience leading large organizations, the ability to build and cultivate consensus in a university or similarly complex environment, and accomplishment in moving an institution forward while fostering a climate of community, understanding, and mutual respect.

Washington University in St. Louis has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Confidential inquiries, nominations, referrals, and resumes with cover letters should be sent in confidence to:

John Isaacson, Chair

Kate Barry, Principal

Matthew Tzuker, Senior Associate

Electronic submission of materials is strongly encouraged.

Washington University in St. Louis is committed to providing equal opportunity to all qualified individuals in its employment and personnel practices. The university practices affirmative action by taking assertive steps to recruit, hire and promote minorities, females, individuals with disabilities and veterans.