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Application deadline: February 21, 2020

Senior Consultant: Caroline Whitson

Senior Consultant: Stuart Dorsey

Consultant: Shally Wise

The Board of Trustees has begun a search for the 26th president of LaGrange College and encourages expressions of interest in this unusual opportunity for leadership. The search begins following 11 years of outstanding leadership by Dan McAlexander who has announced his retirement. In succeeding Dr. McAlexander, the next president has an opportunity to lead LaGrange to new levels of institutional achievement and distinction, in part by building on existing strengths and accomplishments. LaGrange has recently been named by U.S. News & World Report as a top five “Southern Baccalaureate College” and as a “Best Value” college. A new president will be expected to accept this assignment on or about July 1, 2020. As the college has just successfully completed a 10-year strategic plan and a $71 million capital campaign, this is an uncommonly opportune moment in the life of this fine United Methodist college.

The next LaGrange College president will embody integrity in every aspect of his or her personal and professional life. The new leader must be a person of high energy, strong work ethic, and deep spiritual grounding. The successful candidate must bring impressive academic credentials as well as a comprehensive understanding of and commitment to academic values. The new president must be an energetic innovator who can be a valuable resource in helping the college develop attractive new programs, an engaged communicator committed to open, transparent leadership, a visionary leader, whose creative outlook will balance the liberal arts foundation with its application to areas of professional education and more. Please visit the profile for further information on LaGrange and the position at

Candidates should submit materials by February 21 for the most favorable consideration. The new president will be expected to begin work on or about July 1, 2020. Dr. Caroline Whitson and Dr. Stuart Dorsey of Academic Search, Inc., are assisting with this search. Nominators or prospective candidates may contact them at or Applications should include a letter of candidacy that responds to the agenda for new leadership at LaGrange and the desired attributes for a new president; a complete resume or vita; and the name and contact information (phone and e-mail) of three references, none of whom will be contacted without the formal permission of the candidate. All applications will be considered in full confidence and should be submitted to

LaGrange College does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race or color, or national or ethnic origin.