Washington and Lee commences the search for its next president at a time of great collective achievement and institutional strength. Founded in 1749, Washington and Lee is among the most selective and highly regarded universities in the nation, combining a rich history of liberal arts education with a commitment to meeting the educational challenges of the new century. The university has an exceptionally qualified and increasingly diverse student body, an outstanding faculty of teacher-scholars, a robust endowment, extremely supportive alumni, and a dedicated and talented team of administrators and staff. Together, they create a vibrant community distinguished by an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust made possible by the student-administered Honor System.
With a proud heritage spanning more than two and a half centuries, the university has a profound sense of tradition. At the same time, one of its oldest traditions is that of innovation, and it affirms the ideal embodied in its motto, "Non Incautus Futuri" (not unmindful of the future). The conversation at Washington and Lee about appropriate and innovative change is creative and ongoing.
Washington and Lee prepares its students for the daunting set of challenges they will face upon graduation through programs that educate and nurture strong leaders, visionary thinkers, compassionate citizens and ethical decision makers. The university's low student-faculty ratio means not only that the classes are small but also that students receive personal attention from professors who embody the teacher-scholar model.
The success of W&L's most recent fundraising campaign leaves a legacy of profound benefit to its incoming president. This legacy includes financial aid programs that are attracting historic numbers of qualified prospective students while sustaining the academic strength of the student body, increasing diversity, and preserving the campus culture of honor and active community participation. Historic campus buildings, including the central Colonnade, have been renovated, and significant resources have been directed toward the work of the faculty, assuring that Washington and Lee will continue to be known for providing a transformative education built on close engagement with teacher-scholars across a full range of traditional fields and emerging areas of study.
Washington and Lee seeks candidates and nominees who will build on the enormous strengths and considerable positive momentum at the university. The successful candidate will bring a consultative leadership style, and the ability to lead the strategic dialogue for the future and address challenges at a dynamic time in higher education.