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University of Indianapolis
Indianapolis, Indiana
Posted Date
Sep 29, 2022

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President, University of Indianapolis

Indianapolis, Indiana

The University of Indianapolis (UIndy or the University) seeks an innovative president with proven leadership skills and the capacity to successfully implement bold, strategic decisions. UIndy requires a decisive, engaged, and compassionate president attentive to its legacy and equal to its ambition, skilled at leveraging a close-knit community to guide the University into its next chapter.

Founded in 1902, UIndy is closely tied to its surrounding University Heights neighborhood and strives to serve both its campus community and the broader community of Indianapolis as an anchor institution. The University is affiliated with the United Methodist Church, though a spectrum of faith traditions is represented, including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. The University was previously known as Indiana Central College – and later Indiana Central University – before the name was changed to the University of Indianapolis in 1986. The University's mission is to prepare its graduates for effective, responsible, and articulate membership in the complex societies in which they live and serve, and for excellence and leadership in their personal and professional lives.

Recognized as a top-tier, Midwestern university, UIndy is proud of the achievements of its 4,900 students – 1,400 of whom are graduate students – across a wide spectrum of academic specialties. UIndy offers over 100 undergraduate programs, over 40 graduate programs, and five doctoral programs across six schools and three colleges: the School of Business, the School of Education, the School of Nursing, the School of Occupational Therapy, the School of Physical Therapy, the R.B. Annis School of Engineering, the College of Applied Behavioral Sciences, the College of Health Sciences, and the Shaheen College of Arts and Sciences. More than twenty percent of UIndy's undergraduates are first-generation students, and UIndy is committed to helping all students succeed. UIndy awards more doctoral degrees than all but four of the largest universities in Indiana. It produces more physical therapists, occupational therapists, and clinical psychologists than any other university in the state and offers the state's only neonatal nurse practitioner program.

The next president of UIndy will inherit an energized, passionate community eager to build on its strong foundation and further define itself in Indianapolis, the state of Indiana, and across the country. In particular, the incoming president will: define and champion UIndy’s distinctive brand, identity, and value proposition; engage with – and serve as a strong presence in – Indianapolis; articulate the strategic vision for UIndy’s next chapter and ensure its implementation; ensure the University’s future financial strength and stability; champion the recruitment, retention, and support of students, as well as the University’s commitment to providing a relevant and high-quality education; strengthen UIndy’s institutional commitment and action on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion; and foster a culture of transparency, communicating openly and engaging widely with a dedicated community of faculty, staff, alumni, and students.

The ideal candidate will be a superb administrator and academic leader, cognizant of the challenges confronting higher education, and capable of envisioning and actualizing opportunities for the University, which strives to be a force of positive change for its students and the city. Among other qualities, the next president will need to be an effective fundraiser, a thought partner for enrollment and retention, fiscally astute, and a gifted relationship builder who will engage with community partners in Indianapolis and beyond.

The board of trustees has established a committee comprised of representatives from across the University to conduct this search in consultation with Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm. Inquiries, nominations, and applications should be sent electronically and in confidence to:

Phillip Petree, Partner

Ernest A. Brooks III, Partner

Berkley Burke, Senior Associate

Isaacson, Miller

The University of Indianapolis is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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