The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia and the
Presidential Search and Screen Committee invite letters of
nomination and applications for the position of President of the
University of West Georgia. This presidency is an excellent
opportunity for an engaging, visionary leader who is inspired to
advance the University's mission to enable students, faculty and
staff to realize their full potential through academic engagement,
supportive services, professional development and a caring,
The University of West Georgia (UWG), a charter member of the
University System of Georgia, is a comprehensive, public university
based in West Georgia with multiple instructional sites and a
strong virtual presence. UWG supports students in their efforts to
complete degrees in relevant programs, valuing liberal arts and
professional preparation. Through effective and innovative
teaching, experiential learning, scholarship, research, creative
endeavor and public service, UWG equips graduates to engage with
and discover knowledge. UWG is the sixth largest public university
in Georgia and set enrollment records with 13,733 students in the
fall of 2018. The University offers 87 fields of study, including
bachelor’s, master’s, specialist and doctoral programs as well as
post-baccalaureate and post-master’s certificates.
The university seeks a student-centered, visionary leader to
further UWG's trajectory and build on its most recent strategic
plan that focuses on student success, academic success, successful
partnerships and operational success. In this highly visible role,
the president will work with a broad set of stakeholders – faculty,
staff, students, alumni and community members – to chart the future
direction of the university so that it continues to positively
impact those on campus as well as act as a leader of economic
development and educational attainment for the region it serves.
The president will need to effectively and energetically articulate
the university's vision to a wide variety of groups on local,
regional and national levels. UWG serves a diverse student
population and community and the president will share the
institution’s unwavering commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Candidates should have a history of collaborative organizational
leadership, the ability to attract financial support for the
university and its programs, and a strong record of creating and
supporting a climate of openness, understanding and mutual respect.
A transparent leadership style is highly desirable, as is
experience within a shared governance environment.
The ideal candidate will have significant experience building
strong teams and working collaboratively with stakeholders. This
individual should be an engaged listener, effective communicator
and exceptional relationship builder. The next president should
have experience in managing the financial and budgetary operations
of a complex enterprise and the creative thinking and
entrepreneurial skills necessary to move the institution forward
and ensure its future. The president should be fluent in current
and emerging topics in higher education, including trends related
to distance and online learning, student success and student
engagement, and social, financial and environmental sustainability.
A terminal degree is strongly preferred. For more information,
please visit www.wittkieffer.com.
Confidential inquiries, nominations and applications are
invited. Review of applications will continue until the position is
filled. For fullest consideration, application materials should be
received no later than Tuesday, October 22, 2019. Candidates should
provide a resume or CV, a letter of application that addresses the
responsibilities and requirements of the presidency, and the names
and contact information of five references. References will not be
contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. These
materials should be sent electronically via email to the University
of West Georgia's consultants Ann Yates, Ryan Crawford and Sarah
Miller at UWGPresident@wittkieffer.com.
It is the policy of the University of West Georgia to follow
federal law in regards to affirmative action and equal opportunity.
The University of West Georgia’s affirmative action program and
related policies are developed in compliance with Executive Orders
11246 and 11375, as amended; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of
1964; the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Sections 503 & 504) and
the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (Title II) and their
implementing regulations; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act
of 1967; and the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act
of 1974, as it amends 38 U.S.C. 4212.