La Roche University is seeking its eighth president. This leader
will succeed Sister Candace Introcaso, who sadly passed away in May
2023 and left a legacy of almost 20 years of extraordinary
Founded and sponsored by the Congregation of the Sisters of Divine Providence
, La Roche
University is a private, Catholic co-educational institution
located on a 40+ acre campus north of Pittsburgh in McCandless, PA.
The University fosters global citizenship and creates a community
of scholars from the region, the nation and worldwide. The
University integrates liberal arts and professional education in
creative ways, empowering all members of the community to become
lifelong learners, achieve success in their chosen careers and
promote justice and peace in a constantly changing global society.
La Roche invites inquiries, nominations and applications for
president of this welcoming institution committed to students of
all religions, ethnic origins and talents.
What began as a school for religious women in 1963 with seven
students in its first graduating class is now a university that
offers 66 undergraduate programs of study, six master's degrees and
two doctoral degrees, with particular strengths in education,
business, criminal justice, psychology, nursing, health and medical
sciences, interior architecture and design, as well as graphic
design. Undergraduates may choose from more than 50 majors,
including the top 10 majors most in demand among today's college
students. La Roche combines a quality educational experience with
clubs, athletics, social and community volunteer activities,
spiritual well-being and more to prepare students for life in a
constantly changing global society. This residential university
provides a vibrant campus community for nearly 1,200 men and women,
enjoying 30-plus student organizations and an exciting NCAA Div.
III athletics program. The University's 15,000 plus alumni live in
every state in the U.S. and in 65 countries around the world.
La Roche offers high-quality educational opportunities that reflect
its Catholic heritage and the mission of its founding and
sponsoring congregation, the Sisters of Divine Providence, to
"co-create a world of compassion, justice and peace." That
commitment to peace and justice permeates all aspects of the
University - spiritual, academic, social, intercultural and
community service. That commitment is reflected in the University's
global focus, which provides the entire La Roche community with the
opportunity to reach across the political, cultural and economic
divides and work toward becoming a true global community.
For La Roche's next president, there is a meaningful,
mission-driven leadership opportunity to move the University into
its next phase of growth through an established strategic plan
. "NXT" is meant to imply a readiness and belief in
the University's ability to create its own future. The La Roche
mission, vision and values will define the strategic themes
animating the current plan through 2026, when the president will
have the opportunity to refresh and expand upon LRU:NXT. Chief
among the next president's priorities is to strengthen La Roche's
financial future by diversifying revenue streams, enhancing student
success and increasing fundraising.
Mr. Lyle D. Albaugh, J.D., vice chair of the La Roche University
Board of Trustees, is the founder of several successful companies
and a strategic and operational management consultant. Mr. Albaugh
chairs the search for La Roche's next president. In its next
president, La Roche University seeks a leader who possesses the
spirit of accessibility, collaborative style, strategic and
operational leadership, creativity and innovative spirit,
exceptional communication skills and energy and integrity to
inspire and unite the community around a common vision for the
future consistent with the history of the University. The president
must be familiar with and compatible with the Catholic tradition
and values and must be committed to working with the Sisters of
Divine Providence to maintain a vital relationship.
- Significant academic and administrative leadership experience
- Understand global political and social issues.
- Significant experience in a diverse community.
- Ph.D. or other advanced degree preferred.
WittKieffer is assisting La Roche University in this search. For
fullest consideration, application materials should be received by
January 2, 2024.
All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited.
Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume
and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the profile
(available at www.wittkieffer.com).
Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:
Melody Rose, Ph.D., Alejandra Gillette-Teran and John
It is the policy of the University to promote equal opportunity
to all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, creed, age,
religion, gender, national or ethnic origin, veteran status, or
This includes all aspects of the employment relationship including,
but not limited to, recruitment, employment, job assignment,
transfer, promotion, demotion, compensation, training and
development, employee benefits, layoff, termination, and general