Application deadline: April 2, 2023
Senior Consultant: Jay Lemons
Senior Consultant: Pamela Balch
Consultant: Jennifer Kooken
Associate Consultant: Amy Bonsiero
The Board of Trustees, through its Presidential Search Committee, invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of President of Simpson College. The College seeks an exceptional leader who will bring demonstrated success in senior-level leadership that includes management of a substantial and complex organization, along with a deep understanding of and appreciation for a liberal arts education. It is expected that the next president of Simpson College will take office in Summer 2023.
Founded in 1860, Simpson College is a four-year private college of the liberal arts and sciences affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Located just 12 miles south of Des Moines, the capital of Iowa, Simpson’s picturesque 75-acre campus in Indianola is home to more than 1,000 full-time undergraduate students with an additional 200 part-time, mostly adult students, at a site in West Des Moines. Greater Des Moines serves as the government, commercial, cultural, and recreational hub for the state of Iowa and it has been nationally recognized as a top place to live and work by a wide range of publications including Forbes and U.S. News & World Report.
The College has a strong academic reputation and is a highly relational student-centric institution, placing significant value on high-impact and co-curricular learning. Simpson offers 75 majors, minors, and pre-professional programs, as well as three master’s and five certificate programs. Simpson’s general education curriculum focuses on the skills most valued by today’s employers and on undergraduate research, service learning, first-year experiences, and capstone courses in the major. Simpson has been recognized in U.S. News & World Report as #1 among Iowa private colleges and #7 overall among Regional Colleges Midwest. The rankings also placed Simpson #6 for “Best Undergraduate Teaching.”
Simpson seeks a collaborative, innovative president who will build on considerable campus momentum and lead Simpson to future success. More information about Simpson College, the leadership agenda and qualifications for the next president, and how to apply is provided in the search profile, available for download on this page.
Academic Search is partnering with Simpson College in the presidential search. A confidential conversation can be arranged by contacting one of the consultants listed above.
Applications, nominations, and expressions of interest may be submitted in confidence to SimpsonPresident@academicsearch.org. The position is open until filled, but full consideration can only be guaranteed to those applications received by April 2, 2023.
Simpson College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, creed, religion, disability, genetic information, veteran or veteran disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other legally protected characteristic in admission, access to, treatment or employment in, its programs and activities.