President

Position Details

Delaware College of Art and Design (DCAD) seeks an innovative, energetic, collegial, and collaborative leader to assume the position of President. The President serves as the chief executive officer of this two-year college and reports to the DCAD Board of Trustees. As the chief executive, the President is responsible for the successful operation of all areas, including fundraising, admissions, academic affairs, student services, and finance and operations.  He or she serves as the college's primary liaison with the community.

DCAD was formed in 1997 as the result of an educational partnership between Pratt Institute and Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C. DCAD’s mission is to educate talented and committed students to become art makers, idea generators, problem solvers, and visual communicators who can redefine the way the world is perceived and experienced. The two-year college offers the Associate of Fine Arts degree in animation, fine arts, graphic design, illustration, interior design, and photography. Students who graduate from DCAD can transfer as juniors to Pratt, Corcoran and many other prestigious art and design schools to complete their further education. The College is independently accredited regionally by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and nationally by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

DCAD is located in downtown Wilmington, a culturally progressive city approximately 30 miles southwest of Philadelphia and midway between New York and Washington, DC. One-third of the nation's population and income is within a 350-mile radius of the city, which is home to more than 72,000 people of diverse backgrounds. The unique synergism that exists between government, business, education, and the arts has successfully addressed the issue of infrastructure rebuilding, leading the city to its position as financial, governmental, and corporate hub of the state and region.

Applications, Inquiries, and Nominations

The successful candidate will have: either an earned terminal degree in a discipline appropriate to DCAD, or an advanced degree with significant commensurate senior executive experience; a proven record of leadership; and, possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Further information about the Delaware College of Art and Design may be found at www.dcad.edu.

Prospective candidates are encouraged to start a conversation about this opportunity through an initial email contact with either Dr. Owens or Ms. Meyer prior to submitting materials. Nominations and application materials should be submitted by the target date of November 6, 2017, although expressions of interest may be considered until the position is filled. Application materials must include: 1) a letter of interest stating how the candidate's experiences and qualifications connect with the required/preferred characteristics and strategic priorities expressed in the position prospectus; 2) a curriculum vitae; and 3) the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of five references for future contact — please also include your professional relationship with each reference listed. All candidate names will remain confidential, except for those individuals invited to final interviews. Application and nomination materials should be submitted electronically to: DCADPres@agbsearch.com.

Assisting the search will be: Garry W. Owens, Ph.D., Executive Search Consultant, AGB Search, garry.owens@agbsearch.com, and Ellen L. Meyer, Executive Search Consultant, AGB Search, ellen.meyer@agbsearch.com.

The Delaware College of Art and Design is dedicated to providing an academic and work environment that is racially and culturally diverse. Intellectual, artistic, and professional growth is enhanced in an atmosphere that supports and encourages mutual respect for individual differences.