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President Potsdam, NY

Clarkson University seeks a visionary, strategic, and inspirational leader to serve as its next president. At a time when education is focused on student success, technology, value, and innovation, Clarkson provides students with the most relevant education and coveted skills for the twenty-first century in a personalized and supportive environment. The 17th president of Clarkson will join a close-knit community of talented scholars and teachers, dedicated staff and administrators, driven students, and loyal alumni. As Clarkson celebrates 125 years in 2021, the next president will be charged with leading the University through an unprecedented time in higher education, ensuring financial health and sustainability, and leveraging its strong community and record of invention to chart and execute a vision for its future success for the next 125 years.

Founded in 1896 to honor Thomas S. Clarkson, a pioneering entrepreneur and humanitarian, Clarkson today is a private, national STEM-focused research university that is a leader in technological education and sustainable development through teaching, research, scholarship, outreach, and innovation. The main campus is located on 640 wooded acres in Potsdam, New York, with other campuses in the Capital Region of New York and Beacon in Dutchess County, as well as partnerships in Saranac Lake (in partnership with the Trudeau Institute). Its 4,600 undergraduate and graduate students hail from 42 states and 62 countries, and the University employs approximately 750 full-time faculty and staff. Signature portfolios of research and scholarship are internationally known in healthy global solutions, computational and data-enabled discovery, advanced materials development, STEM and entrepreneurial education, sustainability, and next generation medicine and healthcare. Clarkson is a member of the Association of Independent Technological Universities (AITU).

Clarkson produces remarkable engineers, scientists, educators, health professionals, business executives, and creative leaders by creating an exceptionally demanding, boundary-spanning experience in an entrepreneurial community known for its core values, technology-intensive resources, and appreciation of its geography and environment. Clarkson understands that new technologies, emerging fields, and expanding career opportunities require new approaches to learning. Clarkson students are grounded in the fundamentals but also learn how to successfully manage the unique challenges of today’s complex world. Clarkson graduates earn salaries that are among the top 2% in the nation, and one in five alumni already leads as a CEO, senior executive, or owner of a company.

The next president, in collaboration with the full range of stakeholders, will provide vision and administrative leadership and management to see Clarkson not just through, but beyond, these unprecedented times. The president must be a good financial steward of the University, support innovation and excellence in the academic program and research, cultivate a culture of empowerment and professional development for staff and faculty, champion diversity and inclusion, garner philanthropic support, and be an accessible and engaged member of the Clarkson and local communities.

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

Kate Barry is leading this search with Elizabeth Dorr.

An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, Clarkson actively seeks and encourages applications from minorities, women, and people with disabilities. All offers of employment are subject to the applicant successfully passing a background check (including, but not limited to, employment verification, educational and other credential verification, and criminal records).

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