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Characteristics and Qualities for Shepherd University President
Shepherd University is seeking a new president who will lead the institution in forging a shared vision of the future. The new president must have a comprehensive understanding of higher education and a realistic vision that recognizes the institution's historic mission of undergraduate education and the university's significant responsibility to provide graduate education and other educational services in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.
The next president of Shepherd University must have personal and professional integrity and passion for the advancement of the institution. An earned doctorate or appropriate terminal degree will be preferred. Additionally, the new president will have the following qualities:
Commitment to Academic Excellence: Must show a vision for and demonstrated ability to manage academic programs of high quality, consistent with the mission of Shepherd University. Will have an understanding and support of the academic promotion and tenure process.
Success in Administrative Leadership: Will have successful managerial experience at the executive level in an organization comparable in complexity and scope to Shepherd University. Must be suitably knowledgeable of public-agency financial management and planning, budget administration, human resources, student life, and enrollment management. Must demonstrate a commitment to diversity, collegiality, openness and participatory governance.
Community and Intergovernmental Relations: Will demonstrate a commitment to enhancing the University's relationships with its local community as well as local, state and federal governmental authorities. The past experiences of the new president will show an appreciation for the value of even greater involvement of the alumni with the University's future.
Institutional Finance and Advancement: Must have knowledge of and, preferably, substantial prior experience in fund-raising and resource acquisition from both the public and private sector. Must be prepared to effectively respond to the challenge of managing a public-sector, state-assisted university. The new president will have a high degree of personal involvement in institutional advancement.
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