Tennessee State University (TSU) invites nominations and applications for their next President. The University is seeking an exceptional leader to serve as president to lead TSU during a time of extraordinary momentum and opportunity. The next president will marshal the talents of faculty and staff to continue the institution's upward trajectory resulting from the leadership of the retiring president. The new president is expected to assume office in June 2024.

About TSU:
Founded in 1912, TSU is an urban, research, land grant institution with two locations in Nashville-the 500-acre main campus nestled in a beautiful residential neighborhood along the Cumberland River, and the downtown Avon Williams location, which sits adjacent to the center of Nashville's business and government district. The University also has extension offices and research centers located in 60 counties throughout the State of Tennessee.

Tennessee State University, through its legacy as an HBCU and land grant institution, transforms lives, prepares a diverse population of leaders, and contributes to economic and community development by providing affordable and accessible educational programs at various degree levels, promoting academic excellence through scholarly inquiry, teaching, research, lifelong learning, and public service.

Tennessee State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award Associate, Baccalaureate, Master's, Specialist in Education, and Doctoral degrees. The University has 390 full-time and 180 instructional faculty, with a fall 2023 student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1. The University offers 41 undergraduate programs, 40 graduate programs and programs of study, one educational specialist program, and eight doctoral programs.

Tennessee State University is designated by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as an R2: Doctoral Institution - High Research Activity. The institution is poised to ascend to R1 with over $100M in research and sponsored programs awards received in FY2023. The university engages in cutting-edge research to address significant societal challenges in critical areas such as agricultural sciences, engineering, biotechnology, nanomaterials, health sciences, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, astrophysics, business, and the social sciences. Through support and development, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs works to enable the TSU research community to achieve research goals by way of external funding. TSU's Centers of Excellence encourage collaborative and experimental learning opportunities and help expand the boundaries of science, education, and

About the Position:
Tennessee State University seeks an exceptional leader who unapologetically pursues ambitious goals to advance the University. The ideal candidate is someone who possesses a combination of experience, knowledge, skills, and integrity embodied in the following description.

- Successful experience in senior leadership and management at a university or a similarly complex organization.
- Possess the leadership ability to advance the University from an R2 to an R1 institution.
- Demonstrated knowledge and success in fiscal and financial management.
- Terminal degree from an accredited university is required.
- An excellent communicator with success in elevating the profile of the institution.
- A proven track record of dedication to shared governance.
- Demonstrated ability to be a visionary thought leader.
- Ability to conduct and execute a multi-million-dollar comprehensive institutional advancement campaign.
- Experience in establishing international partnerships and collaborations.
- Demonstrated bi-partisan experience and success in actively engaging and building strong working relationships with city, state, and national government leaders.
- Evidence of relational experience to advance the institutional agenda by building relationships and partnerships at Local, State and National levels with corporations and key higher education or other organizations.
- Experience in strategic planning.
- Experience with and understanding of the HBCU mission and students.
- A highly relational, visible, and approachable person who will actively listen to the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, students, senior team, donors, alums, and community members.
- Thorough understanding of faculty and student support needs both inside and outside of the classroom, including first-generation students.
- Forward-thinking, innovative, and visionary who can effectively tell the TSU Story.
- A data-informed and transparent decision-maker.

A full list of required and preferred qualifications, and a leadership agenda, is available in the ad and institutional profile found at this link.

How to Apply:
Academic Search has been retained to assist Tennessee State University with this search. Prospective applicants and nominators may arrange a confidential discussion with one of the Senior Consultants assisting with the search:

- Maria Thompson,
- John W. Garland,

A completed application must consist of (1) a cover letter addressing experiences in achieving the leadership agenda and the desired qualities and characteristics; (2) a current curriculum vitae; (3) a list of three professional references, including names, email addresses, and phone numbers. References will not be contacted without the explicit permission of the candidate.
All documents should be submitted in three separate PDF format. Applications, nominations, and expressions of interest should be sent to

The position will remain open until filled, but only applications received by March 4, 2024, can be assured full consideration.

Tennessee State University is an EEO/AA employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability or veteran status in its programs or activities. Tennessee State University is committed to providing the highest quality of employment, education, research, and service.

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