Presidential Search - Position Announcement


The next President of Adams State University will need to be an effective administrator; an academic leader, skilled interpersonally and politically; and experienced and effective in financial development. This will require a sound strategic vision, an ongoing commitment to academic excellence, an understanding of the unique mission of the University, and an appreciation of the culture and traditions of the community. Leading the University as it prepares to enter its second century will not only be exciting and challenging, but also immensely rewarding.

Scope of Responsibility

Reporting to the Board of Trustees, the President and CEO has 11 direct reports, such as: Senior Vice President for Enrollment Management and Program Development; and Vice Presidents for Academic Affairs, Finance/Governmental Relations, and Student Affairs.  Other professionals reporting to the President include the Athletic Director, Foundation Executive Director, and Director of Alumni Relations.

Key Responsibilities

The next President of Adams State University must be familiar with rural settings and the cultures that accompany such environments. The President will be expected to become an integral part of the community, not only through professional service but also through making a home in the area and actively participating in community and volunteer activities. At the same time, the President will need to balance the demands of frequent travel to Denver.  The successful candidate will also be able to demonstrate direct and relevant experiences in the following areas of importance to the growth and success of the University:

  • Fulfilling the mission and vision of the University;
  • Envisioning and developing successful models for strategic planning, assessment, data collection, and implementation that can be used in charting the future of the institution;
  • Overseeing the development of innovative academic programs that promote student success and growth;
  • Managing budgeting approaches and financial models that support the basic needs of the University, encourage growth, and provide for some managed risk strategies;
  • Developing and implementing comprehensive fund-raising strategies for both programmatic and capital funding needs;
  • Facilitating the development of comprehensive marketing strategies for the institution and its programs and services;
  • Ensuring that all faculty and staff have a stake in the University's success by encouraging their best work and developing open communications and exchanges of ideas;
  • Monitoring trends in higher education and promoting educational strategies to address those trends;
  • Building and maintaining stakeholder and community connections and partnerships;
  • Facilitating and implementing various uses of technology in both classroom and organization efforts;
  • Effectively networking and developing policy with legislative and regulatory bodies whose support is essential to the success of the institution.

Professional Qualifications

The ideal candidate should have:

  • Ten years, at a minimum, leading a dynamic, complex organization.
  • Demonstrated successful experience in collaborative leadership, such as shared governance with boards and stakeholders.
  • Relevant knowledge of, or experience with, higher education, and the proven ability to master higher education issues and relevant market dynamics.
  • Demonstrated track record of effective management of an organization of similar size and complexity.
  • Demonstrated success in institutional advancement, such as revenue generation, fundraising, and development.
  • Demonstrated track record of success as a thoughtful, visionary, effective, team-oriented leader and manager of people with a demonstrated ability to develop and motivate staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to build strong working relationships with a broad range of individuals from diverse backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated ability to set, manage, and implement priorities as a proven decision maker.
  • Demonstrated ability to multitask in a dynamic, fast-paced, changing environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain collaborative relationships with the community.

Personal Qualifications

  • A demonstrated leader, the President should be a proven manager with the ability to motivate, inspire and instill confidence in others.
  • A proven strategic thinker with the highest level of integrity, the President should provide vision and collaborate with all ASU stakeholders including the Board of Trustees.
  • The President should be a thought leader with a track record of integrating cutting edge programs and ideas.
  • The President should be inspiring and creative; a catalyst with a vision who can create excitement and energy around ASU’s mission and encourage others to support the organization.
  • The President should be comfortable with high public visibility and experienced with developing partnerships and alliances.
  • The President should be an energetic self-starter, flexible and be able to prioritize multiple tasks.
  • The President should be a good listener, proactive, open and a leader who shares information readily, while respecting the abilities and opinions of others.
  • The President should be approachable and accessible to students.


  • Terminal degree preferred but not required.


  • Base salary commensurate with experience and a benefits package. Performance incentives.  This is a non-classified, FLSA-exempt position.