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Presidential Search

Bluefield State College (BSC) is seeking applications and nominations for the position of President. Reporting to the Board of Governors (BOG), the president is the chief executive officer of the Institution, defining its educational commitments, its standard of excellence and securing necessary resources for the fulfillment of its mission. The president will lead BSC to success through inspirational and purposeful leadership. He or she will be expected to articulate the mission, vision, and core values of the college, and to work with each of the Institution’s constituents to enable them to achieve the mission. The president is the executive agent of the BOG and shall, as educational and administrative head of BSC, exercise such powers that are inherent in the position in promoting, supporting, and protecting the interests of the school and in managing and directing its affairs.

Chief responsibilities of the position include exercising effective leadership in a joint effort to implement the mission of the institution and any other role and scope statements approved by the BOG; developing and overseeing annual operating and capital budgets; maintaining strong relationships with community/business leaders and public officials; providing effective leadership and support for an academic program that is consistent with the institutional mission and the needs of those being served; leading faculty, staff and administrators to pursue goals in a clear, purposeful way, including objectives that address student needs, initiatives in teaching, aspirations in academic scholarship, programs of service and leadership, and the professional development of faculty and staff; providing effective leadership and support for a program of student life that complements the academic program and recognizes as an institutional priority the diverse interests and needs of the student body; communicating, in coordination with the BOG, the needs of the college to the governor, legislators, other state and local officials, and the citizens of the state; interacting with appropriate external bodies to achieve the mission of the institution in a manner consistent with BOG policy, statutory and regulatory provisions, and sound academic principles; and securing external funding from individual donors, government agencies, corporations, and foundations.

The successful candidate must have an earned doctorate from an accredited institution; demonstrated senior executive and/or management level experience in higher education; college level teaching experience; an appreciation for and sensitivity to the uniqueness of Appalachian people; an understanding of the importance and roles of historically black institutions; experience interacting with state legislators and state governing bodies; outstanding communication skills; capacity to attract and maintain diverse students, faculty, and staff; and involvement in external fund raising.

Review of applications will begin on March 31, 2012. To ensure full consideration, applicants must submit a resume or curriculum vitae with an accompanying letter of interest that addresses specifically how the candidate's experiences and qualifications intersect with the College’s mission and strategic priorities and the names and addresses of five professional references to BSC Presidential Search, P.O. Box 1538, Bluefield, WV 24701-1538 or by e-mail to: bscpresident@bluefieldstate.edu. Application materials should include a complete “BSC Presidential Application Overview” which can be found with the position profile at www.bluefieldstate.edu. Applications and expressions of interest in the presidency will be treated in confidence. Bluefield State College is an EO/AA institution. Minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Bluefield State College (BSC) is a historically black college with a rich and diverse history nestled in the terraced hills of Southern West Virginia. The College’s student body represents a cross section of races, cultures, and ethnicity, but also of age, gender, and socioeconomic, family, and employment status. The College offers baccalaureate and associate degrees and has an enrollment of approximately 2,000 students. Instructional programs are offered in engineering technology, business, teacher education, arts and sciences, and nursing and health science professions. The College has 14 accredited programs and plans to begin offering programs online. The Institution is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. BSC is a member of the NCAA Division II and the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletics Conference.

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