Job description

Framingham, MA

Framingham State University (FSU) seeks nominations of and applications from exceptional leaders for consideration as candidates for president.

Framingham State University prides itself on delivering a transformational educational experience in a student-connected community. The next president is expected to champion the university’s mission as it begins the next chapter of its history, meeting the needs of a unique and diverse student community while ensuring FSU’s long-term sustainability and success.

The University seeks a president who will provide visionary leadership for FSU’s future, fortify a compelling and distinctive identity for FSU, advocate actively and tirelessly against racism, generate resources and provide strong institutional stewardship, develop and deploy a sophisticated enrollment strategy, champion faculty excellence and staff success, further strengthen FSU’s commitment to a student-centered experiences, and steward FSU’s role as an anchor in the community.

Founded in 1839 by education reformer Horace Mann, FSU is the nation’s oldest public university founded for the education of teachers and has been providing students with access to an excellent, affordable education for more than 180 years. Today, Framingham State is a comprehensive arts and sciences institution with more than 4,800 undergraduate and graduate students, 226 full-time faculty, 62 degree programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences and professional fields, and an operating budget of $125M. More information about the university may be found at

Located just 20 miles outside of Boston on a picturesque New England campus in the vibrant MetroWest economic corridor, the University prides itself on being an inclusive, close-knit community, with students, faculty and staff who look out for one another. Framingham State’s faculty are renowned scholars in their field of expertise who are dedicated to student success. The diverse student body is made up of hardworking students, many of whom are the first in their family to attend college. Framingham State is home to a dedicated staff and enjoys strong alumni engagement. Framingham’s commitment to inclusive excellence and antiracism touches every aspect of the University’s operations.

Interested candidates should review these Massachusetts Board of Higher Education Guidelines and Procedures. Finalists will be asked to participate in open campus meetings. Final appointment is subject to background check and Massachusetts BHE approval. The president is expected to begin on July 1, 2022.

How to apply

WittKieffer is assisting Framingham State University with this search. Applicants should provide a letter of interest and curriculum vitae using WittKieffer’s candidate portal. Learn more and download a comprehensive leadership profile here.

The Search Committee will begin reviewing candidate credentials in October. Candidates will be considered until an appointment is made. Confidential nominations and inquiries can be directed to Lucy Leske, Philip Tang and Sandra Chu at [email protected].

Framingham State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Members of underrepresented groups and those committed to working in a diverse cultural environment are encouraged to apply.Minimum Qualifications. Education: An earned doctorate (including but not limited to a PhD, JD, or EdD), coupled with substantial experience relevant to FSU’s mission and needs. In exceptional circumstances, an earned master’s degree, coupled with substantial experience relevant to FSU’s mission and needs, may satisfy minimum educational requirements.

Experience: Substantial experience in a senior management position in higher education, or outside higher education where such experience is deemed relevant to, and provides a basis for judging, the candidate’s capacity to serve as a college or university president.

Framingham State University, located just 20 miles west of Boston, is a vibrant comprehensive liberal arts institution offering 26 undergraduate degree programs in arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences, and professional fields. Nearly 6,000 students attend Framingham State, including nearly 2,000 graduate students. Framingham State University offers graduate degrees in 25 fields, including an extensive graduate program for teachers in international schools. The University takes pride in its 30,000 alumni, most of whom live and work in Massachusetts. The University is just the right size - small enough for learning to be personal and collaborative, yet large and diverse enough to broaden students' understanding of their world. This broadening of perspectives and appreciation of diversity is one of the hallmarks of a first-rate undergraduate education.