The Board of Trustees and the Presidential Search Committee invite nominations for and expressions of interest in Albion College’s 17th presidency. The search is being launched in response to President Mauri Ditzler’s decision to retire as of June 30, 2020. The next president for Albion College will benefit from President Ditzler’s six successful years in this leadership role, during which a high standard has been set for integrity, professionalism, and community engagement at this leading residential liberal arts institution. Celebrating a rich history, academic excellence, a strong focus on community, unprecedented fundraising success, careful fiscal stewardship, a culture of care, and a spirit of optimism, Albion College’s next president will benefit from tangible institutional momentum.
Founded in 1835 in Albion, Michigan, Albion College enrolls approximately 1,500 students. The College is recognized for academic excellence and its commitment to the value of the liberal arts and sciences in a global society. The College is a founding member of the prestigious Great Lakes Colleges Association and was the first private college in Michigan to launch a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. The institution is regularly ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the nation and has also been highlighted by College Gazette as one of the country’s top 10 rising liberal arts colleges.
In their roles as teachers, mentors, and scholars, the 105 faculty at Albion College are fully engaged with students. With a 12:1 student-faculty ratio, the close interaction between faculty and students is a hallmark of the College experience. Devoted administrative and support staff numbering 348 full- and part-time are partners in the educational enterprise at the College.
Students may select majors from 42 departmental and interdepartmental options. Albion College is a leader among liberal arts colleges in developing programs that integrate focused course work and in-depth pre-professional preparation, including internships, fieldwork, guest lectures, and networking opportunities. Students can avail themselves of these opportunities via nine distinctive centers and institutes.
Albion College students come from a wide range of backgrounds. In recent years, the College has made a concerted effort to attract students from underrepresented backgrounds, with great success. About 30 percent of current students self-identify as members of domestic underrepresented groups. Students come from 33 states and 14 countries, and approximately 70 percent hail from Michigan. True to its claim of being a “dramatically residential” liberal arts college, about 90 percent of students live in the residential halls and apartments on campus.
In October 2019, Albion College announced the public launch of its comprehensive campaign. As of December 1, 2019, the campaign has raised more than $88 million toward its $100 million goal.
The campaign launch follows the most successful fundraising year in Albion College’s history. Giving for fiscal year 2019, which ended June 30, totaled $34.2 million, surpassing by more than $6 million the total number of the previous two fiscal years combined.
The Albion College Presidential Search Committee will begin to evaluate applications immediately. Although applications will be welcomed until the time that a new president is selected, candidates should submit materials by February 5, 2020 to ensure fullest consideration. The new president is expected to begin work on July 1, 2020.
Applications should include a letter of candidacy that responds to the agenda for leadership and the desired attributes for a new president and a complete résumé or vita. All application materials will be considered in full confidence and should be submitted electronically to: AlbionPresident@storbecksearch.com.
Julie E. Tea – Partner, Susan VanGilder – Partner, and Julie Williams-Krishnan – Senior Associate at Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, LP have partnered with Albion College on this search. Nominators and prospective candidates are encouraged to contact them at AlbionPresident@storbecksearch.com to arrange confidential conversations.
Albion College is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, marital status, or veteran status as protected by law, in all educational programs and activities, admission of students, and conditions of employment.