Valparaiso University - President

IN, Valparaiso

The Board of Directors of Valparaiso University announces a national search for the next president of Valparaiso University and invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position.

The next president of Valparaiso University will have the opportunity to lead a vibrant and complex independent institution with a longstanding national reputation for academic excellence and innovation guided by its Lutheran mission and ethos. The freedom to pursue truth and to serve others unites and informs the University’s academic and spiritual missions within a community that celebrates and embraces students, faculty, and staff from all backgrounds and faiths.

Valparaiso University – or “Valpo” as the University is referred to – offers more than 70 degree programs to 3500 students engaged by more than 300 faculty in four colleges: Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Nursing and Health Professions, and Business. Valpo also has a distinguished honors college, Christ College, and offers more than 40 degree and certificate programs in its Graduate School and Continuing Education program. Recognized for its original programs and networks, often national in scope, Valpo provides its students with both a transformative liberal arts education and a wide array of professional programs that prepare them to lead and serve with a passionate devotion to imagining and creating a better society – for the good of their communities, their organizations, and their world. Valpo’s academic environment has long been recognized as one of the finest in the Midwest by U.S. News and World Report and other publications; the steady growth of its programs is reflected in its recent re-classification as a Carnegie national Doctoral/Professional University.

The University’s current president, Mark A. Heckler, Ph.D., is retiring after 12 years of dedicated service. Under his leadership, the campus has undergone a transformation in terms of structure, curriculum and program development, fundraising, and campus facilities – positioning Valpo to successfully face the challenges now and in the future. The next president of Valparaiso University will have the opportunity to collaborate with a creative and dedicated faculty, staff, alumni, and student body in building on this foundation and propelling the University forward to an exciting new chapter in its history.

The University’s new president will be an engaging leader with expansive vision, and the ability and determination necessary to harness the gifts of an extraordinary community ready to work together to expand on Valpo’s exceptional legacy. The new president will embrace the institution’s mission – rooted in the Lutheran tradition of scholarship, freedom, and faith – and will build upon these tenets in shaping the University’s future. The new president will possess the many key attributes necessary to unite the University’s community in pursuit of shared strategic priorities – including commitment to the highest ideals of the academy, outstanding communications skills, unquestioned integrity, dedication to a strong core liberal arts curriculum integrated with high quality professional programs, and the ability to inspire innovation. Critical to the new president’s success will be a record of successful leadership at organizations that have a profound respect for teaching, learning, scholarship, and service. Successful executive level experience leading change, team building, fundraising, and ensuring strategic investment of resources is required.

The search will be conducted with full confidentiality for candidates through the entirety of the search process. Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made. Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae and a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the Leadership Profile. To ensure full consideration, please submit your application as soon as possible. Applications received after August 7, 2020 may be considered at the discretion of the Search Committee. These materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to Valpo’s consultants – Dennis Barden, Elizabeth Bohan, Veena Abraham, J.D., and Jessica Herrington at

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