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The Board of Trustees of the National University System invites nominations, applications, and expressions of interest from potential candidates for the position of president of National University.
Founded in 1971, National University is the second-largest private, nonprofit institution of higher education in California and among the largest in the United States. With 23,000 full-time equivalent students and 135,000 alumni, National University is dedicated to making lifelong learning opportunities accessible, challenging, and relevant to a diverse population of students. Five schools and one college—the College of Letters and Sciences; the School of Business and Management; the School of Education; the School of Engineering, Technology and Media; the School of Health and Human Services; and the School of Professional Studies—offer over 100 graduate and undergraduate degrees, and 22 teacher credentials at more than 50 locations throughout California and across the nation. A leader in online education, National University offers more than 70 degree programs via the Internet.
In 2011, National University received reaffirmation of its accreditation through 2019 from the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). National University has been accredited since 1977 by the WASC Senior Commission, the accrediting body for all universities and colleges in California, Hawaii, Guam, and the Pacific Basin. The recent reaffirmation of National's accreditation is the longest extension in the University's history. As a result, National University's next Capacity and Preparatory Review will be scheduled in fall 2019, followed by an Educational Effectiveness Review in spring 2021.
National University is headquartered in La Jolla, California.
THE NATIONAL UNIVERSITY SYSTEM
National University is the flagship institution of the larger National University System, which was established to meet the emerging challenges and demands of education in the 21st century. The System is uniquely aligned to connect a diverse population of students to a network of innovative educational programs that are relevant to their lives, careers, and the marketplace and are delivered in a format that respects competing life priorities. Dr. Jerry C. Lee has served as the System's Chancellor since it was founded in 2001. In addition to National University, the affiliates of the National University System are John F. Kennedy University; City University of Seattle; National University International; the Division of Pre-College Programs, consisting of National University Virtual High School and National University Academy; Spectrum Pacific Learning; and WestMed College. Entities related to the System include the National University System Institute for Policy Research, the National University Golf Academy, and the Center for Integrative Health.
The National University Board of Trustees oversees National University and plays an integral role in shaping the quality and character of the University and the affiliates of the System as well as steering their future course. Trustees are recognized leaders in their communities and individually respected in the fields of business, education, the law, and the arts. The Board meets three times a year at National University headquarters in La Jolla, California to assess University goals and the progress toward achieving them.
THE PRESIDENT OF NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
The Board of Trustees of the National University System invites nominations and applications for President of National University.
National University seeks an innovative thinker who is a visionary, entrepreneurial leader with the following set of characteristics and experience:
- earned terminal degree
- demonstrated leadership in higher education
- familiarity with accelerated pace learning environment
- experience with online education
- understanding of financial operations
The next President of National University will have the opportunity to provide leadership to a group that is continually developing improved delivery systems that achieve the core values of Quality, Accessibility, Relevance, Accelerated Pace, Affordability and Community.
The President is the chief executive officer of the university and should have a clear vision of the future of higher education and be able to plan and execute the continued growth and expansion of National University.
- First in California in granting master's degrees in education to Native Americans
- First in California in granting master's degrees in psychology to African-Americans and Hispanics
- Second nationally in granting master's degrees to minorities
- Second nationally in granting master's in education to Hispanics
- Second in California and 12th nationally in granting master's degrees to women
- Second in California in granting master's degrees to Hispanics and first in granting master's degrees to African-Americans
- Second California in granting master's degrees in all disciplines to minorities
- Second in California in granting overall master's degrees
- Second in California in granting master's degrees in all disciplines to Native Americans
(Sources: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
- First in the nation among colleges and universities that offer online programs
- Second-largest private, nonprofit institution of higher education in California
(Sources: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, Online Education Database)
Since 2002, the University's assets have risen from $162 million to more than $644 million. National University's current operating budget is more than $193 million; the University's real estate holdings are valued at $105.9 million, and National has an unrestricted net asset value of $595 million with no debt.
- In each of the past 12 years, National University has prepared more credentialed teachers than any other single institution of higher education in the state, according to the Commission on Teaching Credentialing.
- An established leader in educating California's teachers, National University holds student teaching contracts with more than 1,000 California school sites.
- National University has been named one of America's "Top Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities" by Military Advanced Education Magazine.
- The University has been named one of the "Great Colleges to Work For" by The Chronicle of Higher Education.
- National University has consistently surpassed nationwide benchmarks measuring the level of academic challenge at four-year colleges and universities, according to data from the National Survey of Student Engagement.
- National has an agreement with the California Community College System offering scholarship opportunities and a seamless transfer of credits for community college students.
Inquiries, nominations, and applications may be submitted electronically in total confidence. Review of applications will begin immediately but should be submitted no later than March 15, 2013, to assure timely consideration. Application materials should include a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae and full contact information for three references. Applications should be submitted to NUPres@agbsearch.com.
This search is being assisted by AGB Search consultant, Robert W. Lawless, Ph.D. Please direct all inquiries to email@example.com or (806) 799-1329 or (918) 284-1395.
Interested individuals are encouraged to visit the web site for National University at www.nu.edu. A position profile for the President may be found at www.agbsearch.com.