Ursinus College, a national residential liberal arts institution well known for a pioneering curricular philosophy that fuses the academic and residential experience, invites inquiries and applications for a collaborative, creative, and bold leader to join this exceptional campus community as vice president for finance and administration (VPFA).
This is a role for an enterprising individual willing to take initiative and think untraditionally about the higher education business model. A penchant for entrepreneurial thinking is a must, as is the willingness to explore unconventional strategies with a highly collegial campus culture and leadership team. Strong candidacies will require a substantial track record of financial, administrative, and organizational achievements, experience in successful financial and strategic planning, and the courage to make and effectively communicate informed decisions. An innovative spirit, exceptional financial acumen, data analysis expertise, and strong interpersonal and communication skills are critical to this role’s success.
Ursinus has been passionately dedicated to undergraduate-focused liberal education since our founding 153 years ago — a reason why Ursinus was one of the inaugural members of Colleges that Change Lives. As “a star of the first magnitude in the small galaxy of colleges,” Ursinus remains one of just 44 colleges nationwide that holds that unique designation. With 1,500 students located on a 170-acre campus, Ursinus is unwavering in its vision to make personalized, undergraduate education more valuable and accessible than ever.
The college is located just 25 miles from Center City Philadelphia in the town of Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Montgomery County, in which Ursinus sits at the heart, is the ninth best place in the United States to raise a family, according to Forbes. In addition, Ursinus ranks among the top 100 national liberal arts colleges by U.S. News, where they are #74 for Best Value Schools and tied for #70 for social mobility.
The VPFA will have an exciting chance to partner with newly-inaugurated President Robyn Hannigan, Ph.D., and the college’s new Board Chair, Joseph M. DeSimone, Ph.D., ’86 P’12. These leaders are both talented and inspired academicians, with impressive accomplishments in the private sector. This individual will serve as the liaison to several critical committees of an engaged board of trustees. Under this new leadership, collaboration with existing colleagues will set the stage for an era of prosperity and transparency at Ursinus College. The new strategic plan, ambitiously titled “Every Student’s Success,” is scheduled for approval in the spring of 2023 and presents an excellent vehicle to ensure meaningful and sustained growth. This is a coveted leadership opportunity for the new VPFA.
The VPFA has a board portfolio and supervises business and related activities, including controller/accounting functions, capital and operating budgets, human resources, payroll, investment/endowment strategy and management, facilities operations, environmental health and safety, and contractual relationships with third party vendors providing services to the college.
The Vice President for Finance and Administration Search Committee will begin reviewing candidate materials in mid-November. To receive full consideration, materials should be received on or before November 28, 2022, with anticipated announcement of a new vice president for finance and administration in January, 2023. Starting date to be determined in consultation with the successful candidate.
Ursinus College is committed to creating a diverse community. In furtherance of that commitment, the college encourages candidates who bring a diversity of experiences and perspectives, and who are from diverse backgrounds, underrepresented groups, and have had experience working with and/or interacting with individuals from diverse populations to apply.
The search profile, with additional information about the College, the opportunities for the VPFA, and instructions for application, may be found at: https://www.agbsearch.com/searches/vice-president-for-finance-and-administration-ursinus-college
All application materials will be received in full confidence and should be submitted electronically to: UrsinusVPFA@agbsearch.com
Applications should include:
- A letter of interest reflecting on the leadership attributes noted above
- A resume
- The names, email addresses and telephone numbers of five references
References will not be contacted without first securing the permission of the candidate.
Inquiries and nominations should be directed to:
Melinda L. M. Leonardo, Ph.D.
Executive Search Consultant
Frederick V. Moore, J.D/M.B.A.
Senior Executive Search Consultant
Additional Information about Ursinus College may be found at www.ursinus .edu
Ursinus is an EO/AA employer. Ursinus College does not discriminate on grounds of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, age, creed, ancestry, veteran status, marital status, disability, or other classification protected by applicable law in the administration of any of its educational programs or activities or with respect to employment.