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President Longmeadow, MA

Bay Path University, a comprehensive regional university known for its innovative and entrepreneurial programs that prioritize individual student success and respond to labor market demands, seeks a strategic and inspirational leader to serve as its President. The new President will join a university that has experienced dynamic change and growth throughout its history, and especially within the past two decades. Beyond merely addressing pressing issues in higher education, Bay Path is an innovative institution that is always on the cutting edge. From increasing access to non-traditional, diverse students to implementing truly effective online education with outcomes that far surpass national averages, Bay Path is a national leader on the issues that matter in higher education today.

Founded in 1897, Bay Path reinvented itself several times over before becoming a comprehensive regional university in 2014. Headquartered in beautiful Longmeadow, MA with additional campus locations in Sturbridge, East Longmeadow, and Concord, Bay Path primarily serves the Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York regions, although students from farther afield are beginning to join the University community, especially through its nationally recognized and accredited online degree programs. The University offers more than 90 different degree programs to over 3,400 students on campus and online through four divisions. The traditional residential and commuter undergraduate college on the scenic Longmeadow campus serves female students, many of whom are first-generation college students from diverse backgrounds. The American Women’s College is the only online women’s college in the country; with flexible programs and a focus on degree completion, it serves many non-traditional students. The graduate division is coeducational and offers masters and doctoral programs with flexible schedules in online, hybrid, and in-person formats. The Strategic Alliances division provides both one-stop, non-credit, customized learning experiences and programs in women’s leadership development to Bay Path students as well as corporate partners. Bay Path employs 304 full-time and 670 part-time faculty and staff and has an annual operating budget of $58 million.

Reporting to the Board of Trustees, the President will work with the faculty, staff, and regional leaders to envision an even more prosperous future for Bay Path, building on the strengths of its faculty and staff and identifying further opportunities for innovation. This vision will include a strategic approach to market development; a creative and entrepreneurial approach to aligning the various degree programs Bay Path offers; articulating a consistent brand for Bay Path to message to community partners and prospective students and families; championing the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice; and ensuring each individual student receives the attention and support needed not only to succeed but to thrive. A strategic thinker, the President will possess the ability to bring this shared vision to life, mobilizing the campus and broader community, clearly and concisely communicating a path forward, and leading institutional advancement to develop the resources necessary to usher Bay Path into its next era of excellence. As the chief ambassador of Bay Path University, the President will strengthen partnerships and relationships with local businesses, industry, alumni, other educational institutions, and civic organizations for the benefit of the institution.

Kate Barry is leading this search with Elizabeth Dorr and Keith Mason.

Bay Path University is a diverse community devoted to proactively nurturing a campus-wide culture that promotes and ensures respect, inclusion, and safety for all members regardless of race, color, national origin, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity, socio-economic background, or physical ability. We are one University that opens our hearts and minds to conversations, to learning, and to creating a community that is welcoming of all. Regardless of position, it is expected that each employee will embrace this commitment and demonstrate an attitude of respect toward and acceptance of all members of our community.

An Equal Opportunity Employer, Bay Path University is committed to fostering diversity in its student body, faculty, staff, and Board of Trustees.


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