Drury University

Drury University invites nominations and applications of innovative and forward-looking leaders to serve as the institution's next President. Founded in 1873, for 150 years Drury University has been a pioneering institution committed to transforming student lives through personalized innovative academic programs, holistic advising and mentoring, and intentional extracurricular experiences. Drury's excellence has been recognized repeatedly in national rankings, a testament to the exceptional quality and value the University provides. As the premier choice for ambitious students seeking a blend of liberal arts education and professional programs in the Midwest, Drury offers a rigorous academic environment complemented by dedicated faculty and staff who guide students on their educational journey. Drury University is distinguished by its signature general education curriculum - Your Drury Fusion - which prepares students through a blend of academic and career credentials, allowing them to pursue their intellectual passions while giving them the tools they need to be technically proficient and career ready. This intentional combination of study in the liberal arts and professional areas teaches students to be flexible, innovative, and creative problem solvers.

Drury University is located on a 90-acre residential campus in the historic midtown district of Springfield, Missouri, and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. Drury offers more than 70 majors and programs, 46 minors, 20 certificates , and 9 graduate programs to its 2,333 students with a 12:1 student to faculty ratio.

The search for Drury University's next President calls for a dynamic and visionary leader who will be entrusted with the role of chief executive officer, reporting to the Board of Trustees. The President is not only the spokesperson for the University but also a representation of its values, priorities, and mission of student success. In this pivotal position, the President must possess a deep understanding of the intricate landscape of higher education and chart a clear path for Drury's continued regional and national prominence.

The President is the primary adviser and the executive agent of the Board of Trustees. This authority, which is derived from the Board of Trustees, encompasses all aspects of educational and managerial affairs. The President is tasked with leading the University, implementing Board policies, and ensuring that the Board is well-informed on matters of significance. Additionally, the President will serve as the University's key spokesperson, representing Drury in all official capacities.

The President will execute documents on behalf of the University and the Board of Trustees, always aligned with Board policies and the University's best interests. The President will also hold an ex-officio position on all Board committees, further contributing to the institution's governance and leadership structure.

While academic credentials are valued and a terminal degree expected, it is imperative that the President comprehends the multifaceted nature of university operations, both from academic and business perspectives. Furthermore, the ability to foster a shared vision among all members and stakeholders of the Drury community is paramount, with an unwavering commitment to nurturing a learning-centered environment that seamlessly integrates liberal arts and professional learning experiences.

Additional information on the University and the position, as well as a list of desired characteristics of the next President of Drury, is available in the profile at

How to Apply

Applications should consist of a substantive cover letter, a CV, and a list of five professional references with full contact information. No references will be contacted without the explicit permission of the candidate. Applications, nominations, and expressions of interest can be submitted electronically, and in confidence, to: .

The position is open until filled but only applications received by Friday, February 9, 2024, can be assured full consideration. The University is being assisted by Academic Search. Confidential discussions about this opportunity may be arranged by contacting consultants Ann Hasselmo at and Chris Butler at .

Drury University is an open and welcoming community from a rich variety of cultures, races and socio-economic backgrounds. The mission and goals of the university dedicate the institution to being a community which "affirms the quality and worth of all peoples" and appreciates the "diversity of human culture, language, history and experience."

Drury University does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, or veteran status in its programs and activities.

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