Ohio, United States
Salary Not specified
Jun 16, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time



The Board of Trustees of Ohio Northern University invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for an innovative leader to serve as the 12th president. The Board seeks an inspirational, collaborative, and decisive leader to build on ONU's 150-year legacy of academic excellence and achievement and develop an ambitious plan to propel the institution to future success. The new president is expected to assume office in Summer 2022.

About ONU: Founded in 1871, Ohio Northern University has an enrollment of approximately 2,800 graduate and undergraduate students on its attractive 342-acre campus in rural Northwest Ohio. ONU is organized into five colleges – arts and sciences, business, engineering, law, and pharmacy – that offer more than 60 programs of study. The distinctive academic program includes mutually supportive liberal arts and professional education components that integrate practice with theory, complemented by excellent co-curricular offerings that enrich the ONU experience. The University has been recognized for teaching quality, high graduation and placement rates, commitment to volunteer service, and providing a high return on investment for graduates. The next president has the opportunity to capitalize on an institution with a strong standing and reputation and a dedicated University community.

About the position: Ohio Northern University's next president will be a bold collaborator and dynamic leader with a distinguished record of successful leadership in a complex organization. The successful candidate will have a deep understanding of the role of higher education in an increasingly competitive landscape while valuing the heritage and values of ONU. The president will be responsible for engaging and uniting the campus community in developing an innovative vision and strategy for the institution; building a sustainable financial model that maintains and enhances ONU's high-quality academic programs; growing the institutions' annual fund and endowment; embracing and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion; creating the conditions for a strong campus community; supporting and advocating for the use of novel and innovative teaching, technologies, and learning modalities; and cultivating meaningful partnerships to advance the mission and academic goals of ONU.

For additional information about Ohio Northern, the position, and desired qualifications, please review the ONU Presidential Search Prospectus.

How to apply: Applications should consist of a substantive letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and a list of five professional references with contact information and a note indicating the nature of your working relationship with each; references will not be contacted without the explicit permission of the candidate. For full consideration, applications should be submitted by September 20, 2021.

The ONU Presidential Search Committee is being assisted by a team from Academic Search. Please direct confidential applications, nominations, and requests for conversations to the lead consultant, Jay Lemons, at

Ohio Northern University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, transgender status, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, military or veteran status, genetic information, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.