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Presidential Search Announcement

Notre Dame of Maryland University, located in north Baltimore, seeks an experienced, entrepreneurial 14th president to assume office in July 2014.

Notre Dame’s new president must lead with strategic vision and bold decision-making in a complex academic environment.  The successful candidate will bring a thorough understanding and deep commitment to Catholic higher education. It is strongly preferred that the next president would possess a terminal degree and the demonstrated abilities to provide transformational leadership; to set and achieve bold strategic goals; and to engage and inspire all of the University’s constituents in support of innovation, excellence, and growth. The successful candidate will also possess proven skills in donor development and fundraising, financial management, organizational development/effectiveness, enrollment, student life, and leadership attributes of flexibility, diplomacy, adaptability and high energy.

A school with a rich heritage of innovation, Notre Dame was founded by the School Sisters of Notre Dame as the first U.S. Catholic college for women to grant the baccalaureate degree. In addition to the Women’s College, the University currently educates a diverse population of women and men through its four academic schools: Arts and Sciences, Education, Nursing, and Pharmacy. Students and faculty members come from a variety of backgrounds, bringing multiple perspectives to the academic community. The University is known for its student-centered orientation and for its faculty commitment to superior teaching and scholarship.

The University’s total fall 2013 enrollment of 2,877 includes 1,234 women and men at the undergraduate level who choose from studies in 29 majors. Overall enrollment reflects 38 percent students of color.  Notre Dame’s  innovative programs ensure educational breadth across the University’s undergraduate Women’s College; College of Adult Undergraduate Studies serving part-time undergraduate students; College of Graduate Studies offering master’s degree programs in management, nonprofit management, nursing, liberal studies, communicating in contemporary culture; education degrees, including a master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and a Ph.D. in Instructional Leadership for Changing Populations; a Doctor of Pharmacy degree; and the Renaissance Institute for senior citizens.  Courses are offered at a number of off-site locations and academic partnerships include institutions in the Baltimore area and in Japan, Australia, China, Taiwan, Korea, and London. Notre Dame has a robust master facilities plan, currently guiding $120 million in infrastructure investments and a blueprint for continued growth.  Please visit www.ndm.edu for more information.

Application Process

Review of applications will begin immediately and candidate materials received by January 3, 2014 will be assured of full consideration. Applications should include a letter of interest describing how the applicant meets the qualifications described in the prospectus, a curriculum vitae, and five names of professional references with e-mail addresses and telephone numbers. The institutional prospectus can be found at http://www.academic-search.com/data/files/NDMUProfile.pdf. Nominations and expressions of interest should be sent electronically (in MS Word format) to: NDMUpresident@academic-search.com

This search is being assisted by Academic Search, Inc. Nominations and inquiries may be directed, in confidence, to:
Jessica Kozloff


Ann Die Hasselmo

To inquire by phone, please arrange a call with Dr. Kozloff or Dr. Hasselmo by contacting:
Michelle Sarver
(202) 263-7478

Presidential Agenda

The new president will be joining a university with a “can do” culture, where everyone contributes to getting the job done. The president will lead the community in immediately addressing the following areas:

Notre Dame’s University Identity and Growth – The president will lead the Notre Dame community in building and implementing a strategic plan that achieves its goals and objectives and reconfirms the University’s mission and strengthens its unique Catholic identity. This agenda calls for preserving the integrity of the undergraduate women’s college while ensuring the quality, visibility, and credibility of all graduate, professional, and extended programs within a University context. Reinforcing the programs and services that are unique features of Notre Dame, ensuring a strong self-image, and continuing to grow enrollment will be essential in positioning the University and expanding visibility in the regionally, nationally and internationally.

External Relations – One of Notre Dame’s greatest strengths, consistent with the values of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, is the institution’s history of innovation and responsiveness to needs within the Baltimore and greater Maryland communities, as well as to the broader issues of the region and the nation. The president will ensure the preservation and expansion of external relations regionally, nationally and internationally on behalf of the University. This agenda will include securing collaboration and support in building both academic programs and financial resources.

Fundraising for the Capital Campaign and Beyond – The University is currently engaged in a Capital Campaign referenced previously. The president will become immediately engaged in the work of the campaign, with the help and support of the Board of Trustees, to bring the campaign to successful closure. With the relatively new university designation and expansion of diverse programs, it is anticipated that new areas of opportunity can be identified for both friend raising and fundraising. The president will be actively involved in both the identification of new resources for the University and the preservation of relations with current supporters. Future fundraising plans will be consistent with goals identified in the strategic plan for the University and will enhance the University’s financial strength.

Campus Unity – Another great strength of Notre Dame is the personal attention and respect provided to students and encouraged among all campus constituencies. These strengths must be maintained while, at the same time, we embrace broader offerings, programs and complexity of University status. The president will provide a leadership presence that offers accessibility and encourages respect and open communication throughout the institution. This will necessarily include appropriate recognition of all programs and services and continued vigilance in encouraging integration, collaboration, and consensus throughout the University. In the spirit of “honoring the past while embracing the future,” the president must provide a balance in protecting tradition, values, and commitment to the liberal arts, while ensuring outward visibility and forward movement for the institution.

University Structure and Master Plan – The evolution from college to university calls for presidential leadership that focuses on the University’s future as a more complex institution. The president will continue to lead the university community in addressing organizational development, staffing, and technology to meet the needs of major academic units serving multiple student audiences. The Master Plan for the University will need to address an expanded, improved infrastructure. The Notre Dame community will need the president’s vision and guidance in moving the institution to a cohesive, integrated university with a healthy future.

Preferred Qualifications

The presidential search committee at Notre Dame of Maryland University seeks a leader who identifies with, embraces and fosters the Catholic identity of the institution and the charism, values, and educational vision of the School Sisters of Notre Dame. The successful candidate will possess a terminal degree, in depth experience, demonstrated success and leadership abilities that include:

Strategic Vision, Judgment and Leadership to Set and Achieve Bold Goals for the University

  • Develop and champion a compelling vision for the University in addressing the needs of a broad and diverse student population and the needs of the local, national, and international communities.
  • Model and promote an entrepreneurial, innovative spirit that will continue to position the University effectively as a recognized leader in higher education and in the delivery of complex, high quality academic programs. Engage with the faculty to ensure the most robust, relevant, and comprehensive academic programs.
  • Recruit, develop, and retain an accountable, high performance team that provides energetic and innovative leadership for the campus, ensures a focus on both operational and strategic priorities, demonstrates NDMU values and conveys respect and trust for all members of the Notre Dame community.
  • Establish partnerships for innovative University resource development, as well as educational programs, both locally and globally.
  • Demonstrate a solid understanding and record of accomplishment in constituent development and fundraising, enrollment management and retention, student life, financial management, organizational development and leadership, and strategic planning.
  • Act decisively to solve problems, implement plans and capture opportunities to move the University forward with energy and a contagious enthusiasm

Passion and Inspiration to Engage and Lead Others

  • Clearly articulate ideas, strategies and plans to engage, inspire and motivate all NDMU constituents (students, faculty, administrators, graduates, donors, local and national leaders) to embrace and support the vision, values, and goals of the University and to actively work to ensure the long term strength of the institution and the value it delivers to the world.
  • Develop strong relationships and work effectively with the Notre Dame of Maryland University Board of Trustees, with the Archdiocese of Baltimore, with the leadership of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, and with leaders in government, educational, public and private organizations in Maryland.
  • Actively advocate, preserve, and support inclusiveness and diversity across all dimensions of the University.

Strong Personal and Interpersonal Attributes

  • Build and sustain personal and professional relationships with effective communication and collaboration, personal resilience, and internal strength; and balance presidential duties while maintaining a visible and accessible presence both on and off campus. 
  • Adapt to the varied and many roles of the presidency and to the institution’s unique culture.

Application Procedures

This search is being assisted by Academic Search, Inc. A full position profile is available at www.academic-search.com under "current searches". Nominations and inquiries may be directed, in confidence, to Jessica Kozloff at jsk@academic-search.com or Ann Die Hasselmo at adh@academic-search.com. To inquire by phone, please arrange a call with Dr. Kozloff or Dr. Hasselmo by contacting Michelle Sarver at 202-263-7478 or mrs@academic-search.com. Application materials should include a cover letter, resume, and a list of professional references (with email addresses and telephone numbers) sent electronically to NDMUpresident@academic-search.com. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. However, to be assured consideration, applications should be received by January 17, 2014.

Notre Dame of Maryland University is an equal opportunity employer.
Notre Dame of Maryland University does not discriminate in its educational programs, activities or employment on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability or age. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policy: vice president for student life, Notre Dame of Maryland University, 4701 North Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21210 410-532-5308