An invitation to apply for the position of
President, College of the Holy Cross
The College of the Holy Cross ("Holy Cross"), the highly selective Catholic, Jesuit, liberal arts undergraduate institution, seeks a visionary, strategic, and collaborative leader to serve as its next President. One of the nation's leading colleges, Holy Cross offers an exceptionally rigorous, personalized undergraduate experience defined by cura personalis, or "care for the whole person." Holy Cross inspires and challenges its students to live and learn with meaning, openness, and discernment. This is an opportunity to lead a college known for its distinctive mission, academic excellence, and commitment to justice.
Founded in 1843 on a hill overlooking the city of Worcester (about 40 miles west of Boston), the Holy Cross community encompasses the diverse backgrounds and perspectives of 3,000 undergraduate students, over 300 full- and part-time faculty, 800 staff, and nearly 40,000 alumni. At Holy Cross, close and life-long bonds flourish. Here, intellectual interests and beliefs can be explored freely. Here also, community members are united in pursuit of a purpose-driven life as "men and women for and with others." The College cultivates a learning and research environment that is simultaneously nurturing and demanding.
Holy Cross is one of 27 Jesuit institutions of higher education in the United States, and the only exclusively undergraduate liberal arts college. Its next President will recognize and embrace this singular identity, champion its advantages, and build on this platform to advance the College. Holy Cross seeks a President with intellectual vitality, a collegial and transparent leadership style, and the strategic, financial, and management skills to lead a complex institution. The President must embrace and live the Ignatian principles that are the foundation of the institution; foster inclusivity and belonging; and possess a deep commitment to Jesuit, Catholic higher education.
The Board of Trustees has formed a search committee and retained Isaacson, Miller, the national executive search firm. Expressions of interest from Jesuits, other religious leaders, and lay candidates are welcome. Inquiries, nominations, and applications can be directed in confidence to the firm as indicated at the end of this document.
Confidential inquiries, nominations, and applications can be submitted electronically to:
Vivian Brocard, President
Anita Tien, Partner
Jenna Sattar Kwiatek, Associate