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President Evanston, IL

In the last three decades, Northwestern University has firmly rooted itself as a preeminent national and global university. The University was chartered in 1851 to serve the Northwest Territory, and for much of its history, it retained its regional character, serving a dynamic metropolitan area that remains a dominant asset to the University. Northwestern’s culture of scholarship, intellectual humility, and collaborative work, complemented by a passion to achieve ever-heightened ambitions, distinguishes Northwestern among top-tier universities. Northwestern’s ascent into the upper echelon of major research universities has been guided by a series of excellent and long-serving presidents, who have consistently strengthened critical components of the University and attracted and enabled first-class faculty, students, and staff to realize the mission of the institution.

Northwestern has a broad array of 12 schools, all of which are highly ranked and recognized. These schools are integrated throughout three campuses—the primary campus in Evanston, on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan; the Chicago Campus, nestled in the heart of a world-class city; and the University’s first global campus in Doha, Qatar. The University has made major investments in academic excellence that have accelerated the quality of its faculty, programs, and research across the full range of disciplines, and Northwestern has fostered an entrepreneurial environment in which all of its schools have thrived by encouraging, incenting, and enabling decanal leadership. Highly prestigious faculty accolades, including an impressive ten-year increase in the number of members in the National Academies and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences across a wide range of schools and departments coupled with a high standing among private universities for the number of prestigious NSF CAREER awards to junior faculty, exemplify Northwestern’s commitment to excellence in faculty and research.

As our national and global societies face unprecedented challenges and tremendous uncertainty, North-western is poised to be a leader in developing knowledge and solutions to address profound issues, such as health and wellbeing, social justice and racial equity, global warming, threats to democracy, rebalancing of global influence, and the rise of technology in all aspects of life. Northwestern has the breadth, the expertise, the culture, the interdisciplinary commitments, the resources, and the sheer will to provide the intellectual and technical leadership that the country and the world require to solve its most pressing problems.

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

John Isaacson, John  Muckle, and Cati Mitchell-Crossley are leading this search with Ernest Brooks.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Click for information on EEO is the Law.


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