Johnson & Wales /
Chancellor Search

Position Description

The Chancellor of Johnson & Wales University (JWU) is the president and chief executive officer of a dynamic, four-campus university that has evolved from a world leader in culinary and hospitality education to a university that provides more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and online students with opportunities in a wide breadth of industry-relevant disciplines. The university’s impact is global, with 100,000+ alumni from 124 countries pursuing careers worldwide.

An innovative educational leader, Johnson & Wales is a private, nonprofit, regionally accredited university that offers degree programs in arts and sciences, business, culinary arts, education, nutrition, health and wellness, hospitality, physician assistant studies, and engineering and design. Its unique model integrates arts and sciences and industry-focused education with work experience and leadership opportunities. JWU is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Inc. (NEASC), through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.

Innovation has been a hallmark of the university since its founding as a business school by two women in 1914 who still did not have the right to vote. In the century since, the university has successfully anticipated societal trends and consumer considerations, whether serving veterans returning from war, introducing degree programs in hospitality and culinary arts, expanding to branch campuses, or offering graduate degree programs. Its commitment to experiential learning, with roots in its early history, is profound. In 2014, JWU was the recipient of the prestigious William M. Burke Award from the National Society of Experiential Education.

In recent years, Johnson & Wales has engineered an accelerated academic expansion with the creation of more than two dozen new degree programs in industry-relevant disciplines as far-reaching as biology, political science, psychology and culinary science at the undergraduate level and master’s degree programs in information security assurance, finance and an MBA in human resource management. A master’s program in physician assistant studies was launched as a foundational component of a new College of Health & Wellness.

Since the early 1990s, Johnson & Wales University has evolved and prospered under a succession of strategic planning efforts led by the Chancellor and senior university management. The most successful of those, FOCUS 2011, identified experiential learning, student selectivity and affordability as pillars for future growth and initiated a period of unprecedented transformation at JWU.

Today, a vision of JWU has been articulated that calls for preeminence in the study of food, interdisciplinary course offerings, experiential learning, exceptional faculty and a global and diverse student body. The current institutional vision argues for significant advancements in the academic arena, including the creation of academic programming where Johnson & Wales will leverage its global reputation in culinary education and establish itself as a leader in the study of food and its relationship to the world we live in. It also forecasts an exceptional and diverse faculty highly engaged in the most effective teaching and learning methods. The university anticipates the development of an interdisciplinary curriculum designed to allow students to explore and navigate careers in a variety of industries and professions, and a significant growth in graduate level program offerings and online education enrollments.

The next Chancellor of Johnson & Wales University, only the fifth such leader in the university’s 104-year history, will be responsible for advancing and achieving these and other strategic initiatives to fulfill the university’s mission of providing students with an exceptional education that inspires professional success and lifelong personal and intellectual growth.

Based at the university’s main campus in Providence, Rhode Island, the Chancellor will

  • Lead efforts to fulfill the university mission, implement strategic planning efforts, and direct the planning, development, execution and appraisal of key university initiatives

  • Expand the university’s financial resource base by diversifying its revenue sources and by taking a prominent role in achieving the successful completion of a comprehensive fundraising campaign currently underway

  • Engage the university community at all campuses to continue the deliberate expansion of degree programs that lead to student success, guide the university through accreditation renewals, and secure new specialized accreditations

The successful candidate for Chancellor will be an experienced and accomplished leader with the competencies, personal characteristics, and professional qualifications necessary to achieve universitywide goals. The successful candidate must have a record of success as a visionary executive with demonstrated abilities to collaborate with a diverse group of stakeholders.

Key qualifications include

  • Demonstrated financial acumen and the ability to lead within the fast-changing and complex higher education landscape

  • History of modeling desired behaviors consistent with the university’s core values, mission and strategic focus; acting with integrity to foster trust; and the ability to demonstrate respect and appreciation for a diverse community

  • The skills to create and lead an effective team

  • The ability to articulate and create a compelling vision for the university, generating excitement and commitment for that vision across the campuses

  • Exceptional communication skills

  • An advanced academic degree — preferably an earned doctorate or equivalent terminal degree

Johnson & Wales University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other basis prohibited by law.

Applications, Inquiries and Nominations

While applications and nominations will be accepted until a new Chancellor and CEO is selected, interested parties are encouraged to submit their materials to our consultant at the address below by April 15, 2018, to assure optimal consideration. Application materials should include a current résumé and letter of interest.

Johnson & Wales University Chancellor & CEO Search
William Funk & Associates
2911 Turtle Creek Boulevard – Suite 300
Dallas, Texas 75219

Fax: 214-523-9067