invites applications from accomplished, dynamic and inspiring
leaders for the position of President.
The Board of Trustees at Southwestern College (in Winfield,
Kansas) has launched the search for its 20th president. The Search
Committee invites nominations of and applications from
accomplished, dynamic and inspiring individuals who will provide
the college with outstanding leadership. After a highly successful
six-year tenure, President Brad Andrews has accepted another
college presidency. The next Southwestern President will inherit a
creative, comprehensive, independent college poised to build on
current significant momentum. Southwestern College offers degrees
on its main campus in Winfield and through its Professional Studies
programs based in Wichita.
Attentive to mission, building on strength, and eager for
additional initiatives, Southwestern College seeks a president with
vision and energy, who is entrepreneurially inclined and committed
to quality. SC’s appetite for future growth will call for strategic
thinking and planning, designed to sustain change while also
unifying the comprehensive nature of its educational programs.
Academically focused and committed to quality, the college seeks a
president who will build on Southwestern’s historic strengths while
providing bold leadership and decisive management toward
distinctive institutional achievement.
In a marketplace where other small colleges have struggled to
find their identities, Southwestern stands apart by offering its
students a relational experience in a college that is innovative,
valuable, and rooted.
Founded in 1885 and for the first century of its existence,
Southwestern was a liberal arts college whose students were largely
Kansan and often United Methodist. It was regionally known for its
success in producing ministers, teachers, and students ready to
enter medical school. The institution changed dramatically in 1993,
though, when college classes for working adults were first offered
in off-campus locations.
Today Southwestern College comprises two thriving facets – the
main campus in Winfield, Kansas, which continues to appeal mostly
to traditional-aged students, and a Professional Studies program
headquartered in Wichita, which is targeted at working adults
completing their bachelor’s or graduate degrees in online classes.
Even as the college has extended its reach, its fundamental
commitments have not changed. Southwestern provides all of its
students with educational programs and co-curricular experiences
that prepare them to excel in the workplace and in service in the
Southwestern’s 83-acre campus in Winfield provides a beautiful
and updated academic setting for students and faculty. Located on a
hill overlooking the Walnut River Valley, the campus is notable for
an abundance of trees (characteristic of the Winfield area) and its
native limestone buildings. The Christy Administration Building,
with its iconic stone pillars, is the symbolic heart of the campus.
Other major buildings include historic Stewart Field House, which
has undergone a major facelift, but remains the oldest field house
west of the Mississippi still used for its original purpose.
In the past 30 years, four capital campaigns have allowed
dramatic improvements in the college’s facilities. They have funded
construction or renovation of the Beech Science Center, Richard L.
Jantz Stadium, Richardson Performing Arts Center, the Cole Hall
residence for freshmen women, Mossman Hall, and the Deets Library.
These projects, combined with the Heart of the Hill Project which
rebuilt the 77 Steps and The Mound (part of a unique Southwestern
tradition), have transformed the core of the Winfield campus as
will the new residence hall, expected to open in 2023.
Professional Studies administrative offices are located 45
minutes away in Wichita, providing easy access to learners and
amenities in Kansas’ largest city. McConnell Air Force Base is just
a few blocks from the Wichita location.
For more information about this opportunity, to include a
complete listing of Desired Attributes and the Leadership Agenda,
please review the
Position Profile. If the direct link doesn’t
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and click on Open Positions and Higher Education.
EFL Associates (https://eflassociates.cbiz.com/),
an executive search firm, is assisting Southwestern
College with its search for this important leadership
role. All calls and inquiries should be made through the
search firm. Nominations and applications will be held in strict
confidence and candidates will remain confidential until the final
stage of the search, at which time the express permission of
finalists will be obtained before making their candidacy
public. In addition, no contact to references will be made
without prior approval of the candidate. To be considered for
this opportunity, please follow the application steps outlined
- Application deadline is January 25, 2022
- Semi-Finalist Interviews are tentatively scheduled for the
first week of March 2022
- Campus Interviews are tentatively scheduled for late March
- The desired start date is July 1, 2022, or sooner upon mutual
Steve Waldron, JD
VP & Managing Director, Higher Education Practice
NOMINATIONS & APPLICATION QUESTIONS
If you would like to provide a nomination, please email all
pertinent information (including an email address and phone number
of the nominee) to:
Ms. Angela Lilje
Practice & Project Manager, Higher Education Practice
Southwestern College is an equal opportunity employer and is
committed to a policy of non-discrimination/non- harassment of any
of its students, employees or contractors based on an individual’s
race, religion, color, gender, age, national origin, ancestry,
marital status, military and veteran status, registered domestic
partner status, medical condition, sexual orientation, gender
identity, genetic characteristics, physical or mental disability,
or any other legally protected characteristic.