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President Chicago, IL

Illinois Institute of Technology (Illinois Tech) seeks a visionary, strategic, and inspirational leader to serve as its next president. This is a pivotal moment for this purpose-driven university that is committed to coalescing the collective power of difference in its distinct community to advance opportunity and innovation to achieve progress for all.   At a time when education is focused on value, student success, and inclusivity, Illinois Tech provides students with the most relevant and coveted skills of the twenty-first century, delivering distinctive wrap-around programs to support student success, connecting faculty and students to the vibrant urban environment in Chicago, and fostering inventions and discoveries that change the world. The next president will join an exceptional team; a faculty with risk-taking self-confidence; a talented and passionate staff; a serious-minded student body; and a committed, positive, and generous board that reflects an institutional culture that is ambitious, experimental, student-centric, and dedicated to rigor, excellence, and equity of opportunity.

As Chicago’s top-tier tech university and one of the 22 institutions that comprise the Association of Independent Technological Universities, Illinois Tech enrolls more than 3,100 top undergraduate students and approximately 3,400 talented graduate and professional students in seven colleges that are positioned in line with the global economy and the needs of the technology sector. The campus community has a distinctively global feel with just over one-third of students hailing from beyond the United States. Students are motivated, driven, and hardworking, and they are supported by a dedicated faculty of more than 400 scholars who are deeply committed to the teaching mission. Illinois Tech’s research expenditures are $56 million, and each year faculty are awarded the highest honors in their fields.

Illinois Tech is poised to expand its scale, visibility, and impact significantly, building on an exciting trajectory. With a bold strategic plan, new levels of philanthropic success, the Chicago business community’s organized commitment to technology leadership, and a redoubled dedication to its founding mission of diversity and access for those underrepresented in science and technology, this is a tremendous opportunity to have meaningful impact at an institution of critical importance to society. Illinois Tech embraces the changing landscape of innovation and brings its expertise to solving the problems of our times, from sustainability to health and wellness to urban futures.

All inquiries, nominations, and applications, should be directed below in confidence.

Gale Merseth and John Muckle are leading this search with Elizabeth Dorr and Ethan Thomas.


Illinois Institute of Technology is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA employer committed to enhancing equity, inclusion and diversity within its community. It actively seeks applications from all individuals regardless of race, color, sex, marital status, religion, creed, national origin, disability, age, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity and expression. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment.


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