Capital University - President

OH, Columbus

The Capital University Board of Trustees invites applications, nominations and expressions of interest in the position of President.

Located in Columbus, Ohio, and affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the picturesque campus is situated on 54 acres in the community of Bexley, Trinity Lutheran Seminary is adjacent to the Bexley campus, and the Law School is located at the heart of the city.  Capital serves a diverse community of more than 3,200 students offering degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate and license/certification levels. This is an ideal moment for a visionary, energetic, servant leader to join the university. 

True to its mission, the university strives to transform lives through academic, personal and social experiences internal and external to the classroom.  Capital University is a student-centric environment aligned with contemporary Lutheran values. Capital’s next president will be deeply dedicated to the university’s mission and bring a strong and sincere commitment to preparing students through academic, co-curricular and service learning experiences that have meaning and fulfillment and will ultimately lead to satisfying, impactful careers.

The president will engage with the faculty, staff and students of the university – known as the “CapFam” – in charting a vision for its future.  In order to be successful, the next president will be an experienced and collaborative leader who communicates readily, engages authentically with a diverse group of stakeholders. The president will work to ensure the financial stability of the institution through, sound financial stewardship, energetic fundraising and creative revenue diversification including but not limited to entrepreneurial partnerships and philanthropic activities with the external community. While the university celebrated record-breaking applications and enrollment this academic year, Capital University must continue to focus on attracting students who are prepared for persistence in their educational endeavors and resonate with the university’s mission, vision and values.

The president will participate in refining expectations of shared governance across the community and have a strong appreciation of its role while ultimately having the confidence and conviction to make challenging decisions with a sense of optimism and goodwill.  An advanced degree is required; a terminal degree is preferred.

More information about Capital and the presidential search may be found at

The next president of Capital University will begin on July 1, 2020. Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by March 2, 2020. Candidates should provide a résumé or curriculum vitae and a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile. These materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to Capital University’s consultants: Ann Yates, Melissa Fincher, and Veena Abraham, J.D. at Documents that must be mailed may be sent to WittKieffer, 2015 Spring Road, Suite 510, Oak Brook, IL 60523.

Capital University is an equal opportunity employer.  Capital University does not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, color, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, genetic information, military status, national origin or ethnicity, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law in its admissions, educational programs or activities, and employment.