Associated Colleges of the South, Incorporated

Atlanta, Georgia

Associated Colleges of the South, a membership organization of leading residential liberal arts colleges in the southeast seeks an inspiring and dynamic leader to become its next president. Grounded in mission, and poised for new initiatives, the Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) is committed to enhancing effectiveness, strengthening faculty and staff skills, and raising the collective visibility of its sixteen nationally recognized, member institutions: Birmingham-Southern College, Centenary College of Louisiana, Centre College, Davidson College, Furman University, Hendrix College, Millsaps College, Morehouse College, Rhodes College, Rollins College, Sewanee: The University of the South, Southwestern University, Spelman College, Trinity University, University of Richmond, and Washington and Lee University. One of the organization’s fundamental goals is sustaining and enriching the excellence of these institutions.

The sixteen member institutions are committed to ACS’ mission and value the proposition and potential of the enterprise. They recognize that collaboration and cooperation afford greater academic and intellectual opportunities for students and faculty. Greater efficiency in operations and administration, and new opportunities for innovation than could be offered at any single campus. The next president will have the privilege of supporting these sixteen distinguished, yet distinct, institutions as the primary person charged with thinking explicitly and strategically about the collective.

This is an exceptional opportunity for an entrepreneurial and collaborative leader who has demonstrated experience creating change in complex and nuanced organizations. ACS is an organization through which member colleges and universities can create and build programs not possible on an individual basis, and the potential exists to further elevate the standing of each of its member institutions. The next president will help set a strategic vision for ACS; effectively manage existing programs and staff; understand and support the different needs of sixteen distinct institutions; lead fundraising efforts geared toward program enhancement and collaboration; and promote the continuing importance of a liberal arts education in the 21st Century. If successful, the next president will be instrumental in enhancing the experience of thousands of students, faculty, and staff.

A wide range of prior roles provide evidence of the skills needed to succeed as the next President of the ACS. Academic deans, provosts, and chief academic officers; directors of centers for teaching excellence, pedagogical innovation, or instructional design; directors of sophisticated centers or programs that serve broad campus constituencies across multiple disciplines; as well as former university presidents or executive level leaders will be seriously considered.

A five-member search committee including presidents and a senior administrator from several member institutions will conduct the search. The committee is assisted by the executive search firm Isaacson, Miller. Inquiries, nominations, and applications, which will remain confidential, should be directed to the search firm at

ACS is an affiliate of Emory University and is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer