Roger Williams University


Bristol and Providence, Rhode Island

Roger Williams University (RWU or the University) seeks a transformative and strategic leader to serve as the University’s 11th President. The President will lead RWU at an inflection point in its history and will have the opportunity to craft an inspirational and cohesive strategy for the future. In just a short time, the University has established a solid institutional identity that has been built on innovation, lifelong learning, and a unique synergy between its liberal arts and professional programs, augmented by practical experience through a robust set of community partnerships. RWU’s emerging culture of students as civic scholars has provided a renewed student-centered orientation towards education, a commitment to a low student-to-faculty ratio, and a steadfast focus on engaged teaching and experiential learning.

RWU’s budget for the fiscal year ending 2019 is $162 million with an endowment of $88 million. RWU operates across two campuses; the main campus is situated on 143 acres of waterfront in Bristol, RI, and its urban campus is in nearby Providence, RI. Seven of RWU’s eight schools of study are located at the main campus in Bristol, including the School of Law, while the Providence campus is home to University College (UC) and numerous other programs and community partners. The size of RWU (approximately 4,000 undergraduates, 750 graduate and law students, and over 1,900 enrolled in UC) allows students to receive the close attention they would expect at a smaller college, while offering the resources and academic opportunities of a larger university.

The next President has the opportunity to position RWU for a period of growth and impact. The President will leverage RWU’s wide-ranging strengths and assets and will continue to realize and operationalize the core values and purpose of the University, while proactively responding to the changing landscapes of higher education, societal needs, and employment readiness. RWU is innovative and nimble, and accordingly, it is able to seize opportunities as they arise.

This is an extraordinary opportunity for an innovative and strategic leader. The ideal candidate will inspire a diverse constituency around RWU’s vision and mission, will affect demonstrable cultural change, and will bring solid financial acumen and a proven track record of fundraising to move the University to the next level. The President will ensure that the University remains student-centered, is welcoming and inclusive, and values all expressions of diversity. The President will support students and alumni in their journeys to become lifelong learners, effective professionals, and engaged citizens, will continue to prioritize academic rigor, and will improve shared governance, transparent leadership, and collaborative decision-making. This next leader will also nurture a culture of philanthropic stewardship.

Roger Williams University has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist with this important search. Review of applications, nominations, and expressions of interest will begin immediately and continue on a confidential basis until an appointment is made. All inquiries, nominations/referrals, and applications (including curriculum vitae and letters of interest responding to the essential opportunities outlined in the full profile available via the link below) will be held in the strictest confidence and should be submitted via Isaacson, Miller’s website. Please include in any cover letter information about how you would be able to contribute to RWU’s diversity, inclusivity, and equity goals.

Rebecca Swartz, Partner

Kaden Stearns, Associate

Isaacson, Miller

As an institution committed to strengthening society through engaged teaching and learning as well as building the university that the world needs now, Roger Williams University values inclusion, seeks to reflect the diversity of the region, and strives to create access to higher education and career success.

The University seeks candidates who, through their work and life experiences, service to the community, and teaching or research, can contribute to our diversity, inclusivity, and equity goals.

Roger Williams University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and committed to a diverse workforce. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable state and federal law.

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