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PRESIDENT, Livingstone College Reports To: Board of Trustees Status: Full Time/Exempt Location: Salisbury, North Carolina 28144

THE INSTITUTION: Livingstone College, founded in 1879, is a private higher educational institution chartered by the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. A historically black college, Livingstone College is secured by a strong commitment to quality instruction, academic excellence, and student success.

Through a Christian-based environment suitable for holistic learning, Livingstone College provides excellent business, liberal arts, STEAM, teacher education and workforce development programs for students from all ethnic and gender backgrounds. Designed to promote lifelong learning and to develop the potential for leadership and service to a global community, students from over 20 states and several foreign countries will leave the institution with the academic preparation to compete in the global economy, and where they will have immediate positive impact on our society.

Livingstone College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award certificate, associate, and baccalaureate degrees. Comprising four Divisions, namely the Division of Business: Division of Education, Psychology; and Social Work; Division of Liberal Arts and Humanities; and Division of Mathematics and Sciences, the College offers the Associate of Science in Culinary Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Social Work degrees in about 22 major fields. Members of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Conference, the Blue Bears, consist of 12 CIAA Division 2 varsity sports.

Located in Salisbury, North Carolina near Charlotte the beautiful historic campus boasts a new Science Center and Sports Stadium. The College enjoys a strong legacy, and its future is bright due to:

THE OPPORTUNITY: Livingstone College is seeking a collaborative and strategic executive leader to build on the College’s legacy and push the College forward during an evolutionary time in higher education. Reporting to and partnering closely with a committed Board, the President will bring emotional intelligence and energy to manage and further the College’s vision, strategy, and program development. The President will have overall responsibility for the educational, operational, and financial affairs of the College and serve as Chief Executive Officer reporting to the Board of Trustees. This visionary, ethical leader will inspire and empower staff, partners, and stakeholders, respecting the past and present while generating exciting ideas for greater impact in the future. The President will also bring strong commitment to the excellence, justice, and equity framework that the Board of Trustees seeks to embed throughout all aspects of the College’s internal and external work, including the alignment of administrative, academic, and financial departments and investments.

THE POSITION: Partnering closely with the Board and staff, the President will have overall day-to-day accountability for the effective and efficient management of the College, its resources, and its affairs. The new leader will bring knowledge, commitment, and curiosity to their role in continuing to advance a holistic institutional education approach while managing the following core responsibilities.

Vision & Mission Stewardship

Organizational Leadership

Board Engagement

Work with the Board to help ensure proper resources and information for effective governance; support Board members as they individually and collectively fulfill their governance and fiduciary responsibilities; and ensure transparency and regular communication with the Board in all key areas.

External Affairs


The President must be a proven senior executive with a documented record of successful administrative management, and with deep commitment to academic superiority, quality liberal arts, science, and technical higher education. He/she will be an empathetic people leader with values alignment for under-resourced and historically marginalized communities. The individual will also have experience in and/or passion for grounding institutional culture and serving as a fierce internal and external champion of Livingstone College. Driven by intellectual curiosity and with a steady presence, the individual will bring outcomes-oriented leadership to the advancement of the College’s objectives and goals.

Key qualifications for the role follow but we recognize that a compelling candidate might meet some, not all, requirements and invite interested candidates to explain what makes them uniquely well-suited for this leadership role in their cover letters:

Work Environment: The President will work at the College and be willing to relocate to the Salisbury metropolitan area.

Compensation & Benefits: A competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits package will be offered. Compensation will be equitable and commensurate with experience within a salary range of $275,000 to $300,000/year plus benefits.

THE APPLICATION: Livingstone College Governance Search Committee has partnered with The Burgess Group – an international strategic management consulting firm that has centered on senior level executive search in its work of meeting the unique needs of major nonprofits, corporations, and government agencies since 1994. – on this search.

To Apply, email to: BillBurgess@TheBurgessGroup.com a cover letter and updated resume pertinent to this Position Profile, and three Letters of References: 1 from a supervisor, 1 from a peer and 1 from a subordinate (Candidates will be notified in advance of any outreach to references) and a Writing Sample that exemplifies the Profile requirements as soon as possible. One combined PDF is preferred. Use the subject line: President, Livingstone College. Any questions call: 212.406.2400 and/or by email. Application deadline is June 17, 2022.

Livingstone College is an equal opportunity employer. The Burgess Group is actively seeking a range of traditional and nontraditional backgrounds, and perspectives of highly skilled leader applicants knowledgeable of historically black colleges and universities.


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