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applications for this uncommon leadership opportunity to become effective no later than July 1, 2018. Bluffton seeks a visionary leader who
will work aggressively to promote the University’s reputation as a caring Christian community, its interest in serving a diverse student
body, its commitment to high quality teaching and student transformation, its ability to blend the liberal arts and professional curricula,
and its distinctive Mennonite tradition.
Bluffton emerged from a progressive Anabaptist heritage, a Mennonite Christian
tradition grounded in the values of peace, justice, openness, service, free inquiry, and human dignity. A commitment to inclusive dialogue
across the religious spectrum contributes to Bluffton being a “different kind of Christian College.” New leadership should understand the
Mennonite Church USA, its history, and its structure as the denominational body to which the University remains related, but it is not a
requirement that the next president be a Mennonite.
The president will be expected to energize the campus around an affirming
vision for success. A new leader should bring an ability to listen carefully, observe thoughtfully, and quickly implement an agenda that
includes the development of a new strategic plan and the deepening of Bluffton’s resource base. This latter responsibility will include
attention to enriching the University’s philanthropic culture and enhancing its enrollment management program. It is essential that new
enrollment strategies be central to the larger strategic plan and include the appointment of a new vice president for enrollment management.
Also important will be presidential opportunities to extend Bluffton’s visibility and reputation, exercise strong financial stewardship,
inspire an effective leadership team, enrich the quality of student life, celebrate diversity throughout the community, and nurture best
Bluffton is located 59 miles south of Toledo, in a friendly village of 4,000. Current enrollment includes
726 undergraduate students and just under 100 graduate students. A dedicated faculty, of which 78% hold terminal degrees, engage students in
a program consisting of 90 undergraduate programs (majors and minors) including new offerings in nursing and speech-language pathology and
audiology. Bluffton supports more than 50 co-curricular programs including 16 NCAA Division III athletic teams.
a president with vision, energy, strength of personality, and an ability to articulate how a liberal arts-centered, independent, Mennonite
university can thrive while addressing the interests of the 21st century learner. Prospective candidates are encouraged to learn more about
the expectations for Bluffton’s next president and the application process by viewing the Presidential Search Profile at https://www.bluffton.edu/president/transition/index.html. All inquiries will be received in confidence by:
Thomas B. Courtice, Ph.D.
President, TBC Search Consulting
Employment decisions are based on merit and university needs, and not on race,
color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other status protected by
law. As a religious institution, Bluffton University expressly reserves its rights to appoint faculty and staff who share a commitment to
the Christian faith which is consistent with the Mennonite/Anabaptist beliefs of the University’s founding and supporting Church. EOE.
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