Savannah State University (SSU) seeks a strategic, transformational, and visionary leader to serve as its next President. Known for its dynamic, familial culture and enduring Tiger Pride, SSU is the oldest public Historically Black College or University in the state of Georgia and the oldest institution of higher learning in the city of Savannah. The University has reached an inflection point, where new leadership will secure its institutional future and ensure that SSU provides an essential, contemporary education and career preparation for the 21st century student.
During this seminal moment, the next President will lead the University into an era of renewed stability, sustainability, and growth while preserving the strong traditions and narratives that inform SSU’s rich and storied 130-year history. SSU requires visionary, assertive, and innovative leadership to guide the University and bolster community relationships and partnerships in the Savannah region. SSU serves approximately 3,700 students and the President serves as leader of the 161 full-time faculty, 332 full-time staff, and steward of the University’s capital resources.
Reporting to the Chancellor of the University of Georgia System, the successful candidate will bring considerable experience in a large, complex enterprise, preferably higher education administration, and with keen financial acumen. The next President must have a track record of success and a substantial working knowledge of HBCUs, with a deep respect for the critical role that they play in the U.S. and for historically underrepresented, and marginalized students of color. SSU’s next leader will have a firm understanding of the existential threats facing higher educational institutions and how those challenges are exacerbated for HBCUs. SSU’s next leader must be highly visible, engaging with students, faculty, and staff “on the yard” while deepening relationships with local and global stakeholders alike. The next President of SSU will bring demonstrable faculty, staff, and student recruitment and retention insights and a strong fundraising background. SSU aims to be an institution of choice for families and students in Georgia and beyond and the incoming president will maintain a strategic vision for enhancing the institution’s academic assets and reputation.
Savannah State University has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Confidential inquiries, nominations, referrals, and resumes with cover letters should be directed in confidence to:
Monroe “Bud” Moseley, Vice President
Donna Cramer, Principal
Afi Tettey-Fio, Associate
To apply or share a nomination, please visit this site: www.imsearch.com/7752
Electronic submission of application materials is strongly encouraged.
Savannah State University is committed to excellence through diversity and ensuring nondiscrimination in the workplace. Per federal regulations, SSU will take affirmative action to ensure equal employment opportunities for all qualified applicants and employees regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or veteran status.