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President Lexington, KY

Transylvania University seeks an experienced, collaborative, and strategic leader to serve as its 27th President. Building on a long institutional history, a reputation for academic excellence, and a strong sense of community on campus, the next President will lead Transylvania into a new era of success and distinction.

Transylvania University, located in the heart of downtown Lexington, Kentucky, is a private liberal arts college featuring a personalized approach to undergraduate education through 46 majors. Founded in 1780, it is the 16th oldest institution of higher learning in the country with approximately 1,000 students. Transylvania has a deep commitment to the liberal arts and has been on the move with new facilities, an increasingly diverse student body, and recognized distinction in student outcomes including notably high rates of acceptance to professional schools. The University is currently ranked 72nd among national liberal arts colleges in U.S. News & World Report — a ranking that has steadily increased 33 places in just 15 years.

The President will work with faculty, staff, students, and regional leaders to build on the strengths of the University and honor the institution’s long history while preparing Transylvania for a future that embraces innovation. The President is expected to be a visible and highly energetic leader on campus, who will ensure that Transylvania is able to enhance its academic distinction, meet its enrollment goals, diversify its ranks, and preserve the passion and strong sense of community that has fueled the University’s evolution, while recruiting and retaining the most talented faculty and staff as partners in the enterprise. A strategic thinker, the President will possess the ability to build a shared vision for an innovative liberal arts curriculum relevant to the 21st century, mobilizing the campus and broader community, clearly and concisely communicating a path forward, and leading institutional advancement to develop the resources necessary to usher Transylvania into its next era of excellence. As the chief ambassador of Transylvania University, the President will champion the value of a residential liberal arts college in today’s changing higher education and employment landscape and will strengthen partnerships and relationships with local businesses, industry, alumni, other educational institutions, and civic organizations across Kentucky for the benefit of the institution. The ideal candidate will be a strong academic and administrative leader with experience in strategic planning, fundraising, and enrollment, who can provide clear fiscal and operational guidance as Transylvania approaches its 250th year.

Kate Barry is leading this search with Elizabeth Dorr.

Transylvania University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to enhancing the diversity of the University community. In support of this goal, we seek qualified candidates with a wide range of backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences. We embrace diversity and encourage all who are interested to apply.


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