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Florida Atlantic University
Boca Raton, Florida
Posted Date
Apr 26, 2023

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Position Type
Executive, Chancellors & Presidents
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time


Florida Atlantic University (FAU), the most diverse university in the State University System, invites applications and nominations for the position of President.

With its multiple campuses spanning 110 miles of southeast Florida’s coast, FAU fosters a vibrant culture that encourages ingenuity and independence. Established in 1961, FAU opened its doors officially to students in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the university serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students and is ranked as a top public university by U.S. News & World Report.

Throughout its history, FAU has been an energetic and fast-growing institution, determined to propel itself to the forefront of innovation and scholarship. In recent years, the university has doubled its research expenditures and outpaced its peers in student achievement rates. FAU is on the precipice of achieving Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education’s highest and most coveted Very High Research Activity status (R1) for the next adjustment in 2024.

As its leader and chief executive officer, Florida Atlantic University’s president will be committed to serving the institution – including living on or near the Boca Raton campus – and embracing, embodying, and advocating for the university’s collective values. The ideal candidate for the position must appreciate the history, culture, and spirit of this distinctive institution, projecting a passion for FAU’s character and promoting its strengths and priorities.

A complete Presidential Profile, with additional information about FAU and the qualifications and key attributes for the next President, may be found at

Applications and nominations should be submitted electronically by May 16, 2023 to:

All candidate names will remain confidential, except for those individuals invited to campus interviews. Application materials (MS Word or PDF format) must include:

  1. A letter of interest that addresses specifically how the candidate’s experiences and qualifications intersect with the Core Pillars, Professional Qualifications, and Key Attributes described in the FAU Presidential Profile;
  2. A curriculum vitae; and
  3. A list of five professional references with the candidate’s relationship to each referee, as well as telephone numbers and email addresses for future contact. References will not be contacted without prior permission granted by the candidate.

Dr. Rod McDavis, Dr. Sally Mason, and Dr. Garry W. Owens – all representing AGB Search – will be assisting the Florida Atlantic University Presidential Search Advisory Committee. Prospective nominators and potential candidates are encouraged to contact Dr. McDavis, Dr. Mason, or Dr. Owens directly by email prior to submitting materials:

Dr. Rod McDavis, Managing Principal,

Dr. Sally Mason, Senior Executive Search Consultant,

Dr. Garry W. Owens, Senior Executive Search Consultant,

Florida Atlantic University (FAU) is firmly committed to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and to compliance with all Federal, State, and local laws that prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, gender, national origin, religion, disability, protected veteran status and other protected classifications. This policy applies to all employment decisions including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, promotions, pay practices, benefits, disciplinary actions and terminations. As a government contractor, FAU is also committed to taking affirmative action to hire and advance minorities and women as well as qualified individuals with disabilities and covered veterans. We invite employees who are disabled or protected veterans and who wish to be included under our Affirmative Action Program to self-identify as such with the EEO Coordinator. This self-identification is strictly voluntary and confidential and will not result in retaliation of any sort. Employees of and applicants to FAU will not be subject to harassment, intimidation, threats, coercion, or discrimination because they have engaged or may engage in filing a complaint, assisting in a review, investigation, or hearing, or have otherwise sought to obtain their legal rights related to any Federal, State, or local law regarding EEO for qualified individuals with disabilities or qualified protected veterans.

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