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President Appleton, WI

This search is in an advanced stage and is no longer actively reviewing applications. Thank you for your interest in the position and in Lawrence University.


Lawrence University, a nationally recognized liberal arts college and conservatory of music, welcomes nominations and applications for its next President. The President will inherit a distinctive and ambitious university, striving to be an even more equity-minded, innovative institution as it continues to prepare the future leaders of the world. Lawrence is a community on the move. Over the last decade the university has launched a number of curricular initiatives, rethought its co-curricular offerings, and renewed its physical and technological infrastructure. With significant momentum, Lawrence is now at a crossroads. The university is looking for a leader who can sustain this momentum even as it navigates the short and long-term impacts of the pandemic and the changing nature of higher education. The Lawrence community seeks candidates who will help fulfill the university’s commitment to becoming an antiracist institution and harness this momentum in an effort to deepen the learning and opportunities the university offers.

The next president of Lawrence University will assume leadership of a dynamic institution that under President Mark Burstein’s tenure has moved ahead aggressively in the areas of financial stewardship, academic rigor, and inclusive excellence. The successful candidate must build on this strong foundation and secure Lawrence’s status as one of the nation’s leading liberal arts universities by moving Lawrence to an even stronger financial position; by continuing to adapt curricular and co-curricular programs for 21st-century students; by fostering an even greater level of engagement in becoming an inclusive antiracist institution; and by stewarding a mutually supportive community.

Ponneh Varho and Natalie Leonhard are leading this search with Claire Hennessey.

Additional information about the search process, committee, and timeline can be found at https://www.lawrence.edu/admissions/about/trustees/presidential-search

Lawrence is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and the viewpoints and approaches that a diverse community represents. We strongly encourage candidates who can contribute to diversity at Lawrence to apply. 



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