Washington, United States
Salary Not Specified
Jul 31, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time


Central Washington University, one of the Pacific Northwest’s premier universities, announces a nationwide search for its next President. The CWU Board of Trustees seeks an experienced, innovative leader who can build upon the success of President James L. Gaudino, who is stepping down on July 31, 2021.

Founded in 1891 as a teaching school (the Washington State Normal School), CWU has grown into a comprehensive university with four colleges (Arts and Humanities, Business, Education and Professional Studies, and Sciences) and eight University Centers and instructional sites.

Located in the heart of Washington state, about 90 minutes east of Seattle, CWU enrolls more than 12,300 students, employs nearly 1,200 FTE faculty and staff, and has an annual budget of more than $350 million. CWU has consistently ranked as one of the top “Best Bang for Your Buck” universities in the West, according to Washington Monthly, and is the only state university to earn the prestigious Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award in five of the past six years.

Reporting directly to the CWU Board of Trustees, the President is the chief executive officer of the University and is responsible for its effective strategic administration. CWU seeks a President who can manifest the “Welcome” culture of the University. The President must possess impeccable integrity, extraordinary management abilities, a clear understanding of the mission of a public, comprehensive university, and a passion for educating and preparing students for successful lives and careers. Preferred candidates will have experience leading large, complex organizations, and will have demonstrated success building organizational culture that is inclusive and diverse. Candidates should have an entrepreneurial spirit and a record of success in fundraising, in-state government relations, and alumni and public outreach.

While applications and nominations will be received until a new President is selected, interested parties are encouraged to submit their materials to our Consultant at the address below by September 30th to receive optimal consideration. Application materials should include a letter of interest and a current CV.

CWU President Search
R. William Funk & Associates
2911 Turtle Creek Boulevard – Suite 300
Dallas, Texas 75219
Fax: 214-523-9067

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