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Presidential Search

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The Board of Trustees and the Presidential Search Committee is seeking to appoint the next President of Neumann University.  The President, as chief executive of the University, is the unifying and coordinating force of the University and is ultimately responsible for all its activities and will be expected to continue the successful momentum of growth and excellence.  Founded and sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, Neumann is a private, Catholic, co-educational University in the Franciscan tradition.  Neumann University is uniquely personal.


Role of the President:    

  • Demonstrates an appreciation for and understanding of the Catholic Franciscan tradition and values of Neumann University;

  • Advances the mission of the University as a Catholic Franciscan institution of higher learning, renowned for its uniquely personal approach and distinguished for its teaching;

  • Serves as a compelling spokesperson for Neumann University;

  • Serves, ex officio, as a voting member of the Board of Trustees;

  • Serves as the official agent of contact between the Board of Trustees and the University;

  • Serves as ex officio chairperson of the Executive Team and ex officio member of all committees of the University;

  • Prepares and submits to the Board of Trustees an annual report on the conditions of the University, progress on the strategic plan, and any recommendations as may be expedient;

  • Assesses, evaluates and transforms University operations and practices to increase efficiency, sustain shared resources, and thrive in the competitive higher education landscape;

  • Distinguishes Neumann University as a university in which ethics, service and the promotion of justice are key elements of the student experience;

  • Confirms that all policies established by the Board are implemented fully and that all legal requirements are met;

  • Oversees the administrative and academic development of the University in accordance with the stated objectives of the University through the coordination and supervision of the Executive Team of the University, management, the facility, and student body;

  • Develops a cohesive leadership team;

  • Appoints and/or dismiss such officers, deans, faculty members, management and staff as may be deemed necessary for the efficient conduct of the University;

  • Appoints and/or disband councils, committees, and task forces as may be deemed necessary for the efficient conduct of the University;

  • Supervises development all official documents of the University;

  • Develops and supervises plans for campus and building improvements;

  • Represents the University to its internal and external constituencies, to educational organizations, foundations and corporations, and to the general public.


Characteristics of the President:
A person who:


lives the values  of the Catholic, Franciscan University
has a passion for Neumann University
runs the institution pragmatically
is a strong administrator
understands the value of liberal arts education and the trends in higher education today
can build relationships
communicates and collaborates
empowers others and is a servant leader
is strategic, dynamic and synergistic
is a visionary
is respected and respectful
is warm, compassionate and genuine
is transformative
is  a decision-maker
is transparent and collegial
has a personality that easily engages with all internal and external constituencies
values people as individuals



  • A Roman Catholic with a proven record of involvement in, and loyalty to, the Catholic Church and its teachings; 

  • A commitment to sustain the mission of the University as a faithfully Catholic, coeducational institution in the Franciscan tradition;

  • An earned doctorate or appropriate terminal degree/credentials from a regionally accredited institution;

  • Senior-level academic and/or organizational leadership experience which indicates initiative, motivation and innovation/entrepreneurship;

  • Understands the academy and Catholic higher education administration

  • Executive administrative accomplishments encompassing resource development, fiscal planning and management, and strategic and long-range planning in academic or non-profit institutions;

  • Strong intellectual, interpersonal, and ethical qualities that inspire individual respect among internal and external constituents;

  • Proven ability to communicate and foster supportive relationships with faculty, students, staff, trustees, alumni, donors, and the community;

  • Creative and visionary leadership and an understanding of classic and contemporary venues which support academic instruction and effective and efficient management of University resources;

  • Success in fund- and friend-raising; public, private, individual and corporate; and

  • High level of energy and vigor.



Application deadline:  January 2, 2017
Committee review of candidate applications: January 2017
Interviews with selected candidates: February 2017
Decision and appointment: March 2017
Start date: June-July, 2017


Application Process:

Neumann University has retained the firm of Hyatt – Fennell to assist in the search process. Inquiries and nominations should be directed to the firm. Application materials should be submitted via email to Applications include a letter of interest, a current résumé/cv, and contact information for five professional references, and should be submitted in separate documents. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and should be submitted prior to JANUARY 2, 2017, to receive full consideration.  All applications and nominations will be considered highly confidential.  Neumann University - EOE M/F/D/V


For more information, please contact:
Cheryl Hyatt  -  724-242-0476

One Neumann Drive Aston, PA 19014-1298 Phone: 610-459-0905 or 800.9.NEUMANN

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