California State University, Northridge (CSUN) seeks a visible, transparent and forward-thinking leader to join its campus community as its next president.
One of the largest universities in the country, California State University, Northridge is an urban, comprehensive university that delivers award-winning undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 40,000 students annually and counts nearly 370,000 alumni who fuel the region's economy. Since its founding in 1958, CSUN is one of 23 universities of the California State University (CSU) system. The university has made a significant and long-term economic impact on California, generating nearly $1.9 billion in economic impact and nearly 12,000 jobs each year. The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities named CSUN an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University, and the Wall Street Journal ranked CSUN second in the nation for the university's diverse learning environment. CSUN's nine colleges offer 60 baccalaureate degrees, 41 master's degrees, 3 doctoral degrees, 28 credentials in the field of education and various opportunities in extended learning and other special programs. CSUN exists to enable students to realize their educational goals and designs programs and activities to help students develop the academic competencies, professional skills, critical and creative abilities and ethical values of learned persons who live in a democratic society, an interdependent world and a technological age.
Reporting to the chancellor of the California State University system, the next president will be expected to provide leadership within a strong shared governance environment and build productive and sustainable relationships across the campus with faculty, staff and students and within the local community and region. The president will also be expected to work productively and collaboratively across the system and with the other 22 campuses and the system office. The president should be highly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion with an unwavering focus on student success and the mission of CSU. It will be important for the next president to be knowledgeable and respectful of the institution's history and traditions while advancing the campus into the next decade and beyond.
The president will be an accomplished leader and administrator with experience required to lead an organization of CSUN's size and complexity. The president will demonstrate a deep and authentic commitment to students – particularly those who are first-generation college students from low income and diverse backgrounds – and genuine willingness to support their needs and success. Likewise, the president should be highly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion with an unwavering focus on improving measures of student success, including graduation and retention rates, and closing the achievement gap of underrepresented students. Like many of CSU's students, food insecurities, housing costs, transportation issues, mental health and other basic needs are among many challenges facing students. These challenges can result in an unstable living environment, which make it more difficult for students to attend class and remain enrolled. The incoming president should be experienced at identifying resources to support programs and activities that address these and other student needs and concerns. The president must also be a consummate relationship builder and community-minded individual who has a strong desire to become highly visible and active both internally across campus and externally with donors, alumni, business executives, national and community leaders. A strong capacity for fundraising will be important, as well as management of large, complex budgets. A record of scholarship and a doctoral degree is preferred. For more information, please visit www.wittkieffer.com
All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in this profile.
WittKieffer is assisting California State University, Northridge in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by March 20, 2020.
Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:
Zachary A. Smith, Ph.D., Jeff Compher and Alejandra Gillette-Teran