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Job ID: 119692

Humboldt State University

Date Posted Feb. 13, 2019
Title President
University Humboldt State University
Arcata, CA, United States
Department Senior Administration
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • President/Provost/Chancellor
  • Senior Administration
    University Administration


Humboldt State University, a comprehensive public university located in the North Coast region of California, seeks an exceptional leader to serve as President. Uniquely shaped by its environs, Humboldt State is nationally recognized for its contributions to social mobility, research, and service, and its faculty, staff, and students uphold a long-standing commitment to social and environmental responsibility. The new President joining Humboldt State will not only hold a place at the heart of the university, but also within Arcata and the regional community it serves.

Standing on 161 acres nestled between ancient redwood forests, rivers, and mountains, the university was originally founded as a teacher’s college in 1913 and has grown into an accredited university with extensive research facilities. Today, with nearly 600 faculty members and over 8,000 students, Humboldt State boasts an intimate student experience centered in experiential, place-based learning, as well as one of the best higher education values in the nation. The university offers 51 majors and 12 graduate programs across three colleges, and faculty members are among the top teachers and researchers in their fields. Students are involved in over 190 campus clubs and 12 NCAA Division II athletic teams, and CenterArts brings nationally recognized performers and speakers to campus each year. Humboldt State offers the state’s only undergraduate oceanography program, a state-of the-art fire lab with few peers across the nation, and personal mentoring by professors through an emphasis on hands-on learning.

Humboldt State is the northernmost of the 23 California State University (CSU) campuses. It serves the highest proportion of Native American students in the system and is a designated Hispanic Serving Institution. The CSU system is the largest and most diverse university system in the country and one of the most affordable. Reporting to the Chancellor of the CSU System, the President serves as the chief academic and administrative officer for the Humboldt State campus. The successful candidate for this position will leverage Humboldt State’s many strengths-including its verdant natural surroundings, sustainable practices, and vibrant community-and lead this vital institution in fulfilling its mission to provide affordable, high-quality education that is responsive to the needs of a fast-changing world.

Humboldt State has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For more details, including the full position profile and to submit inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications, please see the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: Electronic submission of materials is required.

David Bellshaw, Deborah Hodson, Ludi Chow, and Casey Gallagher
Isaacson, Miller
1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415.655.4900
Fax: 415.655.4905

  • Humboldt State University is a Title IX/Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status. If accommodations need to be made during the recruitment and interview process, please contact Human Resources at (707) 826-3626 or

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