Salve Regina University


Newport, Rhode Island

Salve Regina University invites applications and nominations for the position of President. Founded as a Catholic college by the Sisters of Mercy in 1947, today Salve Regina is a coeducational university of the arts and sciences and professional studies and remains committed to its Catholic and Mercy heritage. Located on a picturesque 80-acre campus in Newport, Rhode Island, Salve Regina is set on seven contiguous Gilded Age estates and features 21 structures of historic significance that have been sensitively adapted to meet University needs while also preserving their status as treasures of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

As it prepares for the possibility of its first lay President, Salve Regina seeks an individual committed to lead an institution that instills Mercy values in its students – graduating men and women who positively impact the intellectual, spiritual, and cultural life of their respective communities and work for a world that is harmonious, just, and merciful. Salve Regina’s next President will be asked to inspire its educational community to reach a higher level of quality and excellence, invigorate its liberal arts foundation and strong professional programs, bring increased visibility to the University, and with an entrepreneurial spirit lead the institution into a new chapter of academic success and financial growth.

Salve Regina is a strongly student-centered institution that proudly commits to nurturing the transformation of students to be their best selves, engendering deep campus pride in the University. The next President will lead with compassion, courage, and superb business skills. He/she will relish the opportunity to connect deeply with University stakeholders, break down silos, and bring constituencies together in a renewed sense of mission. In its next President, Salve Regina seeks a leader who has a creative spirit and a passion for the advancement of a liberal arts education and an understanding of the professional and non-degree programs. Working together with the stakeholders on campus, the new President will craft the next strategic plan that will raise the academic rigor of the institution while the University remains true to its Mercy core values and mission. The next President must have a talent and track record for fundraising and will be a collaborative leader within the Newport and greater Rhode Island community, while also seeking ways to broaden the University’s geographical reach. The next President of Salve Regina has sound financial management skills and has demonstrated success leading a complex organization through growth and change.

Salve Regina is conducting a national and diverse search for its next President, and true to the values of its founders the Sisters of Mercy, Salve Regina welcomes candidates from all faith backgrounds who bring an understanding of and appreciation for the Catholic intellectual tradition.

A committee formed by Board of Trustee members, faculty, staff, and student representatives will be assisted by Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm. Inquiries, nominations, and applications may be directed in confidence to:

Jacqueline Mildner, Principal

Leslie McCarthy, Senior Associate

Emily Buehrens McCarthy, Associate

Isaacson, Miller

263 Summer Street, 7th Floor

Boston, MA 02210

Electronic applications strongly encouraged.

Salve Regina University does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of age, sex,race, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, or any other basis protected by applicable federal or state law, in the administration of it employment policies and financial aid programs. Salve Regina University neither condones nor tolerates discriminatory conduct and expects all faculty, staff and students to promote an environment that is free of discrimination and supportive of this policy.