Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU), an independent, co-educational institution, and historically African-American university, seek its 14th President. This is an extraordinary opportunity to lead an institution that has had an outsized impact on higher education since the beginning of its 150 year history. JCSU is known for its courage to challenge norms, its long history of curricular innovation, its commitment to educational access, and its ambition to set forth students who will change the world.
The School has an endowment of over $60 million and is a named beneficiary of The Duke Endowment, one of the nation’s largest charitable foundations. The JCSU Board of Trustees is an asset, having worked collaboratively with the current President to achieve the University’s strategic goals and objectives. As a group, the Board recognizes the importance of having a strong and capable President and is deeply engaged and committed to seek what is best for JCSU now and into the future.
The next President will be expected to draw on this history and set ambitious goals that will advance JCSU’s bold aspirations. Specifically, the next President will advance a vision and strategic plan for JCSU as an independent, premiere 21st century urban university; lead the implementation of a sustainable business model; strengthen existing relationships and build new external partnerships; enhance the academic program through shared governance and curricular innovation; and engage the University’s key stakeholders in a meaningful way. The successful candidate will bring a keen sense of the landscape of higher education and a commitment to the mission and values of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Ericka Miller is leading this search with Keight Kennedy and Brian Nwachukwu.