Join Our Team as President of National University
The Board of Trustees of National University invites nominations and applications for President of National University.
The application deadline is January 14, 2022.
An Exceptional Opportunity
National University is the founding institution of the National University System (NUS), which includes National University (NU), Northcentral University (NCU), City University of Seattle (CU), and National Education Partners (NEP). NUS has operated under the leadership of Chancellor Michael Cunningham for more than eight years, during which the System’s student enrollments have doubled, and the endowments have tripled.
Currently, NUS is undertaking a significant milestone in its history. The Boards of Trustees of NU, NCU, and NEP decided to consolidate these three brands under the NU brand pending applicable regulatory approvals. This consolidation will create one of the largest non-profit open access universities serving adult learners in the country. The combined entity will have more than 47,000 students, 3,000 faculty, 1,200 staff, 200,000 alumni, and endowments of more than $1.5 billion. In addition, a major transformation aimed at significantly increasing enrollment while materially improving student learning outcomes is underway.
NU seeks an accomplished leader to work collaboratively to achieve the transformation goals and lead the merged entity and ultimately the System. The next president will be the respected head of the flagship of NUS and an effective, selfless player implementing a progressive, evolving strategy for growth.
The new president will possess the experience, skills, and focus required to help shape the future of this innovative institution while exemplifying the character and ethics expected in a highly visible, trusted university and community leader. The new president will also ensure that student success, social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion are at the center of all we do.
Candidates are advised to submit their materials by January 14, 2022 to ensure the fullest consideration.
1971 as a private,
Faculty/Staff (FT HC): 215/521
Revenue (FY21): $238M
Headquarters: San Diego, California
1996, affiliated with NUS and
converted to non-profit in 2018
Faculty/Staff (FT HC): 104/134
Revenue (FY21): $145M
Headquarters: San Diego, California
2018 as a corporation wholly
owned by NUS
Staff (FT HC): 627
Revenue (FY21): $95M
Headquarters: Scottsdale, Arizona
Qualifications and Qualities of the Next NU President
The next president will need strong innovation skills to build and adjust a winning strategy as the impact of digital technologies continues to progress in education and across all industries and governments. The next president will possess:
Exceptional strategic thinking skills to refine or adjust NU’s direction by anticipating how external forces will require changes to maintain a winning strategy
Experience in leading change and innovation where the people essential to the organization’s success are highly educated and intelligent
A deep appreciation for and commitment to social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion
Deep knowledge of the impact and potential of digital technologies to provide effective, low-cost learning experiences for those who have not done well in traditional education
Extensive understanding of how companies are changing their organizations and are developing and enhancing job descriptions to include micro-credentials
A solid understanding of online marketing, including influencers and social media
Insight into how NU can provide career-long learning to ensure that the faculty are current on the new career skills students will need throughout their lifetimes
Knowledge of what is important to adult learners and how open access educational institutions use that knowledge to develop a meaningful/relevant brand
Expertise in how technology impacts and improves the administrative processes throughout an educational institution, including enrollment, counseling, financial aid, human resources, course development, career assistance, retention, accounting and finance, library development, and maintenance
A deep understanding of the importance and utilization of cybersecurity in an online environment
An earned doctorate from a regionally accredited University or commensurate experience as a successful Chief Executive of a successful large organization
The next president will aggressively seek to build and strengthen relationships with all constituents, including students, alumni, faculty and administration, the community, local and statewide businesses, and foundations.
Demonstrated success in higher education leadership positions
Direct experience fostering a learning environment in which academic rigor leads to successful learning outcomes
A collaborative leadership style to lead major university while functioning as a team player
The style and experience of a planner and a doer. Someone who takes pride in assembling a team, setting clear, measurable goals, and achieving success.
Experience building and motivating effective teams—appreciating the nuances of leading both faculty and administrative operations
Ability to drive consensus and be decisive when appropriate
The ability to work collaboratively to further the goals of NUS
Experience in building trust and respect across multiple constituencies, including students, alumni, faculty, administration, trustees, community, donors, and strategic partners
Proven success in developing and nurturing partnerships with external organizations
Demonstrated interest in all aspects of fundraising
The ability to enthusiastically influence various donor constituencies and convey the NU vision to inspire transformative gifts
Experience managing a complex educational organization, including detailed budgets and financials, marketing functions, and enrollment management
Design and implementation of transformative strategic plans at an academic institution
Exceptional transparent verbal and written communications
The ability to listen carefully to a wide range of constituents, and adjust communication style effectively to those constituents
The highest ethical and moral standards in both professional and personal life
Perseverance, work ethic and drive to build a legacy of success at NU
Intellect –curiosity and open-mindedness
Eagerness to serve as an institutional advocate and spokesperson
Humility and a sense of humor
“Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.”
– Marian Wright Edelman
The Application Process
The NU Presidential Search Committee will begin reviewing and evaluating applications as they are received and continue to accept and review credentials until a new president is selected. Candidates are advised to submit their materials by January 14, 2022 to ensure the fullest consideration.
Dr. Richard A. Wueste of AGB Search is assisting with this search. Nominators and prospective candidates may contact him at email@example.com or (540) 431-5131.
Nominations and expressions of interest may be submitted electronically to: NUPresident@agbsearch.com
Application materials must include:
Letter of interest that responds to the Opportunities & Challenges and the Qualifications & Qualities of the Next NU President sections of this profile.
Complete CV or resume.
Names and contact information (telephone and e-mail) for five references. References provided will be contacted at a later stage of the search and references will not be contacted without the formal permission of the candidate. All inquiries and applications will be received and evaluated in confidence.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
NUS offers a comprehensive benefits package, competitive salaries, and an opportunity to work in an innovative environment that supports diversity. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees. The System does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), national origin, ancestry, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, family care status, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation or any other basis protected by state or federal laws.
Commitment to Social Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
NUS has a strong commitment to social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. NUS created the Office of Social Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (S-JEDI) to oversee a system-wide effort to achieve excellence in all aspects of the student experience.