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Washington & Jefferson College
Washington, Pennsylvania
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Oct 10, 2023

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Executive, Chancellors & Presidents
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Washington & Jefferson College

Washington, Pennsylvania

Washington & Jefferson College (“W&J” or “the College”)—a private, residential, liberal arts college with roots dating back to 1781—seeks a strategic, transparent, and engaging leader to serve as its next president. Located on a picturesque campus in Washington, Pennsylvania, just 30 miles south of Pittsburgh, the College offers a transformative liberal arts education that is both broad and practical, preparing students as ethical leaders poised for professional success. One of the oldest institutions of higher education in the country, W&J is known as an institution of exceptional quality and value. The College is ranked 89th among the “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” and 48th among the “50 Best Value Colleges” in the most recent edition of U.S. News & World Report, and it is regularly recognized as a top producer of Fulbright U.S. Students. Myriad other industry publications and organizations—including The Wall Street Journal, Washington Monthly, and Third Way—have also recently recognized W&J’s strong quality and value.

The College currently enrolls 1,162 students who focus their studies in a broad range of programs, from traditional disciplines such as chemistry and English to more interdisciplinary ones, such as African American studies, neuroscience, computing and information studies, and environmental studies. They are guided by 153 talented faculty members and supported by 232 dedicated staff. W&J requires students to pursue two areas of study and a practicum, which ensures they graduate with the broad perspective, knowledge, and confidence needed to find success in their personal and professional lives. The student experience is strengthened by a rich array of extra-curricular activities, including clubs and organizations, Greek life, and a tradition of athletic excellence that dates back more than a century. A unique feature of the W&J experience, the Magellan Project provides funding for students to pursue independent projects that encourage exploring a passion or interest through research, travel, or internships.

The next president will arrive at a moment of great opportunity for the College. W&J endeavors to be at the forefront of liberal arts education at a time of changing demographics, increasing competition for students, and greater public uncertainty about the value of higher education. The president will lead the institution in strategically navigating these emerging challenges. The College has invested in the student experience, faculty scholarship, and campus facilities in recent years, and it has ambitions to invest in them even further. To ensure W&J continues to differentiate itself in a competitive environment, the president must be both an inspirational leader and a business-minded manager, capable of guiding the institution in bolstering revenue—through fundraising efforts, new academic programs, and strategic enrollment and retention initiatives—and prudently deploying existing resources. Owing to the strength of its programmatic offerings, W&J is well-known regionally and aspires to strengthen its reputation beyond Western Pennsylvania. As such, the president must be an active and engaged ambassador for the institution, broadcasting W&J’s virtues both regionally and nationally, and lead cutting-edge strategic marketing and communication efforts to attract new recognition and students. In all this work, the president must embrace the mission, values, and people of the College, acting with uncommon integrity, embodying ethical leadership, engaging transparently, and advancing the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion in all institutional affairs.

The Board of Trustees of Washington & Jefferson College has retained the national executive search firm Isaacson, Miller to assist in this search. All applications, nominations, and inquiries should be submitted in confidence through the firm’s website:


Washington & Jefferson College is committed to increasing diversity in our community and actively pursues individuals from all backgrounds. Additionally, W&J complies with all applicable federal, state, and local laws and provides equal opportunity in all educational programs and activities, admission of students, and conditions of employment for all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, gender identity, or national origin.



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