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President Bridgeport, CT

The University of Bridgeport (“UB” or “the University”), a student-centered, career-focused, private university located in Bridgeport, Connecticut, seeks in its 10th President a dynamic, strategic, and transformational President to usher in a future of sustainable growth, innovation, and impact. In addition to galvanizing the UB community around a distinctive course for the University’s future, the President will be charged with attracting broad philanthropic support, building strong partnerships, enhancing student success, and furthering UB’s commitment to global education.

Founded in 1927 as a private, independent, and non-sectarian institution, the University of Bridgeport offers career-oriented undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees and programs for people seeking personal and professional advancement. The University promotes academic excellence, personal responsibility, and commitment to service. Distinctive curricula in an international, culturally diverse supportive learning environment prepare graduates for life and leadership in an increasingly interconnected world.

With an operating budget of $100M, UB enrolls approximately 5,300 students across 14 schools, colleges, and institutes. Its 144 full time and 373 part time faculty members take great pride in preparing students for success in their careers. The University offers 33 undergraduate programs and 31 career-oriented graduate programs. Growth has been strong in the health sciences, especially the newly established School of Nursing. The School of Engineering, a distinctive school for a university the size of UB with a vibrant research culture, offers two PhD programs and a range of masters and bachelors programs. Schools of Arts and Sciences, Public and International Affairs, Education, Business, and Design have maintained strength through strong teaching and responsive programming. The faculty and academic leadership work together constructively to develop novel programs and curricula.

Situated on an expansive shoreline, recent campus renovations and acquisitions have solidified UB as an integral part of the City of Bridgeport. The University’s center in Waterbury plus growing online programs ensure that UB’s reach extends into the rest of the state and beyond. The University has a strong tradition of enrolling talented international undergraduate and graduate students.

The next President will bring a keen sense of the landscape of higher education and small private universities as well as an appreciation for delivering education in an urban setting. He or she will be an inspiring team builder, powerful communicator and fundraiser, collaborative problem-solver, and adroit fiscal manager. Candidates should possess a distinguished record of senior leadership experience and professional achievement in higher education or an equivalent level of responsibility in business, government, or not-for-profit enterprises. A sophisticated sense of the opportunities and challenges facing regional, private universities and a passion for their purposes are essential. The President will be expected to champion the University of Bridgeport’s mission and serve as its persuasive and dynamic ambassador locally, nationally, and internationally. A terminal degree is strongly preferred but not required.

Sheryl Ash is leading this search with Lionel Anderson.

It is the policy of the University of Bridgeport to prohibit discrimination in education, employment, and in the provision of services on the basis of legally protected class characteristics (unless there is a bona fide occupational qualification related to employment), or any other unlawful factor. Protected class characteristics include race, color, ethnicity, religion, age, workplace hazards to reproductive systems, sex (gender identity and expression, sexual harassment), marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, national origin, physical/mental/learning.

 


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