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St. Edward’s University, a nationally ranked, independent, Catholic university characterized by its commitment to the Holy Cross educational mission, seeks an innovative and visionary leader who will inspire the university as it continues on its upward trajectory of excellence in Austin, Texas, one of the most dynamic cities in the United States. The president will lead a university committed to educating the hearts and minds of students so they are prepared to make a difference in the world, pursuing social justice in furtherance of its Holy Cross tradition, and advancing its liberal arts and professional and graduate programs.

Over the last two decades, St. Edward’s experienced a steady and impressive transformation, guided by the commitment of the Brothers of the Holy Cross to shape an inclusive community devoted to the betterment of all. The university moved up rapidly in the U.S. News & World Report rankings, this year ranking #8 among regional universities in the West. Since 2008,  students have won almost 200 prestigious awards and scholarships, including 68 Fulbrights, and a Truman Scholarship. The university was also the top producer of Fulbright students in 2015-2016 and 2018-2019, and for 11 consecutive years the university has been a top producer of Fulbrights. The profile of the student body has been strengthened, with over half of incoming freshmen now ranked in the top 25% of their high school class. The number of ranked faculty has also experienced considerable growth, and with the improvement in teaching and research, students have excelled in the classroom and after graduation.

During this 20-year period, the university’s graduation rate has risen 25 points, the number of full-time undergraduates has doubled, and the number of living alumni, 65% of whom have graduated since 2000,has almost tripled. The campus has been modernized, beautified and expanded: 27 buildings have been built new or fully renovated, over a thousand trees have been planted, and the Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve has been annexed for environmental and scientific research. The campus development was guided by the campus master plan, and approximately $400 million has been invested in campus expansion, modernization and beautification. The endowment has grown to $114 million from $33 million, and fundraising is poised to soon exceed $200 million.

As a result of the Brothers’ profound and indelible influence, St. Edward’s is one community united by the university’s mission, despite any differences of opinion or belief, origin or status, with a deep commitment to diversity. Having qualified as a Hispanic Serving Institute (HSI) for more than three decades, St. Edward’s serves nearly 4,000 students, of whom 45% identify as Hispanic and 38% identify as white. St. Edward’s University offers over 50 undergraduate majors and eight graduate programs in its five schools: Arts and Humanities; Human Development and Education; Behavioral and Social Sciences; Natural Sciences; and The Bill Munday School of Business. St. Edward’s encourages service and an international perspective, helping students clarify their personal values and recognize their responsibility to the world community.

These improvements over the past two decades are not coincidental; they are the result of careful planning, strong leadership, and a campus culture that is conducive to higher education and committed to innovation and excellence, all in the pursuit of social justice. In 2019, St. Edward’s was one of only four Texas universities in the top 20 of Best Regional Universities in the West in the U.S. News & World Report ranking. So, after 20 years of growth and development, retiring president George E. Martin, Ph.D. will leave the university well poised for its next chapter and well-positioned to thrive in the dynamic landscape of higher education.

With its beautiful, state-of-the-art campus on a hilltop overlooking downtown Austin, its strong academic offerings and its national recognition for a focus on mission-centered education, St. Edward’s is preparing an increasingly diverse and academically talented student body to thrive in this challenging new century. Embracing the university’s Catholic, Holy Cross tradition, the next president will champion the St. Edward’s identity as a leading private university with growing professional programs and celebrate its personalized educational experience that emphasizes critical thinking and social justice. A successful president will strengthen the university’s ties with the Austin community, capitalizing on the numerous opportunities for students and faculty to engage with the ever-expanding civic and business sectors. Given the challenges currently facing higher education, the next president will be an experienced administrator, well versed in enrollment management and the financing of a tuition-driven institution. They must also be a visible spokesperson for the university and principled leader of a cabinet that supports a culture of collaboration and shared governance.

Inquiries, nominations, referrals and CVs with cover letters should be submitted via this website.

Julie Filizetti is leading this search with Leslie McCarthy.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

St. Edward’s University, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The university is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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