The Chancellor of the Connecticut State College & Universities (CSCU) invites nominations and applications for the position of President of Eastern Connecticut State University (Eastern).

Named the best public regional university in New England by US News and World Report for five years in a row, Eastern Connecticut State University provides a strong liberal arts foundation that focuses on developing the full potential of each student. Eastern offers an exemplary undergraduate liberal arts and science curriculum, with distinctive professional and master's programs that grow out of a commitment to intellectual integrity and social responsibility. Eastern emphasizes life-long learning in a time of social and technological change. The university serves as an important resource for meeting social, economic, and cultural needs of the local and regional communities. More about the university can be found here: .

One of Eastern's primary strengths is the connection between faculty and students throughout the educational experience in a residential campus atmosphere. With an enrollment of 3,990 full-time and part-time students from every region of the state, 29 states and 7 foreign countries, Eastern is a diverse community of faculty, staff and learners committed to outstanding education for students of all backgrounds. Among Eastern's strongest measures are its first-year retention rate of 84%; more than 40% of classes having less than 20 students; a student-faculty ratio of 15 to 1; and more than 38% of first-year students graduating in the top 25% of their high school class. In 2022, 74% of the graduates had either secured employment or were accepted to graduate school by commencement day in May. Eastern offers a wide range of traditional academic programs, and degrees on three academic levels: Associate of Science, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Social Work, Bachelor of General Studies, and Master of Science.

Founded in 1889, Eastern is the second oldest of the Connecticut State Universities. The 184-acre campus is in the heart of eastern Connecticut, in a residential section of Windham County, midway between New York and Boston, and only a short drive to Hartford, the state's capital. The university serves as a highly valued partner and contributor to the social, economic, and cultural wellbeing of the surrounding community and the state overall.

Eastern is one of six member institutions of the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities system which provide affordable, innovative, and rigorous programs for students to achieve their personal and career goals as well as contribute to the economic growth of Connecticut. Building on existing assets and current successes, Eastern is now positioned to create new paradigms for delivering 21st-century education and service models that are relevant to today's students and responsive to the needs of industries, regional workforce development, and state-wide economic objectives.

The future leader of Eastern will need to concentrate on expanding the accessibility of its educational offerings, with a goal to serve as many Connecticut residents as possible. An integral part of this strategy will be to enhance engagement with adult and professional learners, and to extend its reach to more out-of-state and international students. These initiatives will position Eastern to effectively address the present educational landscape and to be well-prepared for emerging trends and challenges in higher education.

In collaboration with CSCU Chancellor Terrence Cheng, the Board of Regents, and the leadership of CSCU system institutions, Eastern is at the forefront of ensuring that these initiatives not only contribute to the success of its students but also enhance the system's national prominence. Through these collective efforts, Eastern reaffirms its commitment to excellence, inclusivity, and the advancement of education for the benefit of all Connecticut residents and beyond.

Eastern seeks in its next president the vision, organizational leadership experience, integrity, commitment to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion, communication, and interpersonal skills to join the community in building on an extraordinary legacy of excellence in public liberal arts education. The ability to lead the university's fundraising efforts is essential. An advanced degree is required.

All applications, nominations, and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the profile available here .

WittKieffer is assisting Eastern Connecticut State University in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by January 29, 2024. Application materials should be submitted using the candidate portal .

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:
Lucy Leske and Luis Bertot

CSCU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or criminal record.


The material presented in this position specification should be relied on for informational purposes only. This material has been copied, compiled, or quoted in part from Eastern Connecticut State University and CSCU documents and personal interviews and is believed to be reliable. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, the original source documents and factual situations govern.

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