Lasell University - President

MA, Newton

The Lasell University Board of Trustees invites nominations, expressions of interest, and applications to join our community as the University’s 10th president.

Lasell University is a private, co-educational university located on a beautiful 54-acre campus in Newton, Massachusetts. Founded in 1851 as the Auburndale Seminary for Young Women, Lasell was one of the first private higher education institutions in Massachusetts. Over its 170-year history, the campus has transformed from its seminarian beginnings into a junior college, then a four-year institution, and finally a coeducational university with an affiliated world-class continuing care retirement community, Lasell Village.

Lasell University’s history of educational innovation and success with a groundbreaking business venture that connects its academic mission to lifelong learning and vibrant senior living has created an inspiring model for its community and for all of private higher education. Its origins as a seminary delivering innovative educational opportunities to women during a time when their access to higher education was limited provided an excellent foundation for its contemporary mission of providing academic preparation for successful careers to a diverse student population. More information about the University may be found at

The Lasell University President serves as chief executive officer of the University and Lasell Village while also serving ex officio on the Lasell Board of Trustees. A five-year strategic plan launched in 2021 has set the stage for the next president to continue the University’s remarkable success. Based on widespread community input, this strategic plan provides the basis for a shared understanding of how Lasell University will progress in the coming years. The primary challenge for the next President will be to build on the University’s history while meeting the challenges currently facing all higher education institutions, especially small, private universities in the Northeast.

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 leadership profile.

WittKieffer is assisting Lasell University in this search, and the recruitment will continue until the position is filled. Application materials should be submitted to WittKieffer’s candidate portal using the buttons below.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to: Lucy Leske, Greg Duyck, and Natalie Song at

Lasell University is committed to equal opportunity in every aspect of hiring and employment. Lasell proactively reviews its policies and practices to assure that decisions with respect to every dimension of employment are made without regard to age, color of skin, disability, gender expression and identity, genetic predisposition, marital status, national origin, race, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran’s status, status as a victim of domestic violence, and all other protected groups and classes under Federal and State Laws and executive orders.