College for Creative Studies


The College for Creative Studies seeks a creative, visionary, dynamic leader for the position of President. Reporting to the Board of Trustees, the President will have an extraordinary opportunity to advance a distinctive college incorporating a range of forward-looking programs in visual arts, media and design.

The College for Creative Studies (CCS) is a fully accredited, nonprofit, private college located in midtown Detroit. CCS strives to provide students with the tools needed for successful careers in the dynamic and growing creative industries. The College fosters students’ resolve to pursue excellence, act ethically, engage their responsibilities as citizens, and learn throughout their lives. With world-class faculty, unsurpassed facilities, and an endowment of $80 million poised for expansion, CCS teaches students to be visual communicators who actively use art and design toward the betterment of society. The College is a major supplier of talent to numerous industries such as transportation, film and animation, advertising and communications, consumer electronics, athletic apparel, and many more. Its graduates are exhibiting artists and teachers, design problem solvers and innovators, as well as creative leaders in business.

The College for Creative Studies seeks an inspiring and culturally literate executive with the intellectual breadth, communication and interpersonal skills, and experience to manage a specialized, complex organization. The successful candidate will be a collaborative leader with a distinguished record of outstanding professional accomplishment, proven commitment to equity and inclusion, and history of leadership success. They will have a proven track record of developing and executing a strategic vision; they must be a persuasive and sophisticated communicator who can represent the College and its academic mission to a broad range of stakeholders and partners regionally, nationally and globally. They must understand the complexities of higher education, particularly in the creative disciplines, and possess a proven ability to motivate and empower the staff and faculty to carry forward the institutional mission. The successful candidate will be able to build trust across constituencies through transparent, data-driven decision-making and an approachable leadership style. Moreover, the successful candidate must have the ability to lead and sustain long-term efforts to promote programs and fundraising activities that support institutional goals, a personal passion for arts and design, and a genuine interest in people.

Further information about the position and CCS can be found at:  

Applications should consist of a detailed cover letter responsive to the needs of the College for Creative Studies and a curriculum vitae. For priority consideration, please apply by December 3, 2018. To ensure full consideration, inquiries, nominations, and applications should be submitted in confidence to:  

Paul Chou, Co-Managing Director and Tenley Bank

Global Education Practice, Korn Ferry, Philadelphia, PA

The College for Creative Studies is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons based on race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, marital status, medical condition, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, political affiliation or covered veteran status. CCS is intent on creating an enriching environment that is open to anyone looking to become members of its faculty, staff, and student body. Our goal is to create an intercultural learning environment comprised of varied experiences and perspectives.