Dominican University New York Launches Search for its Next President

Dominican University New York has officially launched the search for its next president. The University is widely advertising and inviting interested candidates to apply, after establishing a Presidential Search and Screening Committee and hiring professional search firm, AGB Search.  

In addition, Dominican University has created a webpage with links to a Presidential Search Profile, a search timeline, and information on how to apply for the job. 

“The Presidential Search Profile will guide the search and was drafted with information gathered from Listening Sessions hosted by AGB consultants and a community survey,” said Trustee John F.M. Flynn, Ph.D., Chair, Presidential Search and Screening Committee. “As described in the profile, our ideal candidate will model servant leadership, be emotionally intelligent, culturally competent, inspiring, collaborative, and a visionary leader.”

An earned doctorate, a history of distinction in progressively responsible leadership roles, and a record of scholarship is preferred among candidates. The University’s next president should also be mission-driven, student focused, financially competent, a proven fundraiser, an eager university ambassador, a skilled decision maker, and a committed academic leader. A full list of desired attributes is available in the Presidential Search Profile.

The next president of Dominican University is expected to have the following leadership priorities: 

  • Advance the mission and maintain a relationship with the Dominican Sisters
  • Achieve long-term and comprehensive financial stability
  • Strengthen student enrollment, retention, and success
  • Build community and articulate a bold, unifying shared vision of the future
  • Stimulate a culture of philanthropy among internal and external constituencies
  • Strengthen a commitment to academic excellence and grow academic programs
  • Develop a new Strategic Plan as a university
  • Strengthen campus culture and unity
  • Further diversity and inclusion

Dominican University New York launched its search for a new president, following the retirement of Sr. Mary Eileen O’Brien, O.P., Ph.D. who served as president for a total of 35 years.  The Board of Trustees appointed Sr. Mary Hughes, O.P., Ed.D. to serve as interim president until a permanent replacement is named.