California State University, Sacramento

California State University, Sacramento (Sacramento State) invites nominations and applications for the position of President. Sacramento State, with nearly 32,000 students, is a recognized leader in education, innovation, and engagement, dedicated to the belief that there are no limits to its students’ potential for leadership, excellence, and success. The university is powering the capital region through groundbreaking partnerships and more than 260,000 proud Hornet alumni. A vibrant and diverse community, Sacramento State is united by shared intellectual curiosity, commitment to improving the world, and a passion for redefining the possible. The next President will harness the campus’ energy and be a servant leader for this thriving community for many years to come.

The President reports to the Chancellor of the CSU System, and serves as the chief executive, academic, and administrative leader for Sacramento State, overseeing strategic planning, budget management and fundraising, academic programming, facilities maintenance, and all other areas of operation.

The new President will bring innovative ideas to the evolving, highly competitive higher education business model, will have an ambitious vision for the future, and will be expected to lead in a number of critical areas, such as student success; diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging; philanthropy and long-term financial sustainability; and shared governance.

Sacramento State is set on a park-like, beautiful, 300-acre, treelined campus adjacent to the American River, about five miles east of the state Capitol and a vibrant urban core. It is the sixth largest of the 23 campuses in the California State University System. With faculty, students, and staff working at the confluence of knowledge, passion, innovation, and real world learning, Sacramento State offers a truly transformative educational experience to its more than 31,000 students – an experience enriched at every turn by the arts, culture, altruism, diversity, natural campus beauty, and a community committed to educational excellence. With deep workforce connections across a wide variety of industries in every corner of the Sacramento Region, Sacramento State has an annual economic impact of more than $900 million.

The next President of Sacramento State will champion the university’s role as an anchor institution within California’s capital city. The President will align Sacramento State’s resources and efforts to cultivate purposeful, long-term, and mutually beneficial partnerships across the region to confront systemic inequities, transform the lives of its students, support faculty and staff, and strengthen the community.

More information about this opportunity can be found in the position profile located here:


Nominations and Applications

AGB Search is assisting Sacramento State with this important search. For best consideration, applications should be submitted by April 14, 2023. To apply for the President position, candidates are requested to submit the following:

  1. A curriculum vitae;
  2. A letter of interest addressing the strategic objectives and desired attributes listed in the position profile; and
  3. Five professional references with email addresses and telephone numbers, including their relationship to the candidate. References will not be contacted without prior authorization from the candidate.

Application materials (Word or PDF) should be sent to:

Nominations and expressions of interest are encouraged. Please direct them to or to one of the consultants listed below:

Dr. Rod McDavis
Managing Principal
(804) 514-1982

Dr. Melissa Trotta
Associate Managing Principal
(248) 821-4766

Mr. Andrew Bowen
Executive Search Associate
(802) 345-1279

Dr. Lynn DellaPietra
Executive Search Associate
(202) 640-6723

California State University, Sacramento is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Sacramento State hires only those individuals who are lawfully authorized to accept employment in the United States.