Professional Qualifications and Personal Characteristics

Washington and Lee University seeks a leader with a deep commitment to residential liberal arts education and the ability to embrace and advance its distinctive character and mission within higher education. The ideal candidate will possess:

  • A distinguished record of intellectual and administrative achievement;
  • Commitment to the highest standards of learning, teaching and scholarship;
  • An open, accessible and truly consultative leadership style that inspires trust and collaboration at all levels of the university;
  • The ability to think strategically and drive institutional innovation consonant with the university's strong sense of identity and purpose;
  • Successful experience in fundraising and financial management;
  • Outstanding listening and interpersonal skills, with the ability to sustain a culture of mutual trust and respect among all constituencies, including the faculty, students, administrators, staff, alumni, parents and trustees;
  • A demonstrable commitment to diversity in all its forms;
  • Exceptional communications skills, both in the context of a small community and as an ambassador for the university and its values nationally and globally; and
  • Deep personal integrity, courage, approachability and a sense of humor.