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The Board of Regents and Chancellor John Sharp of the Texas A&M University System invite applications and nominations for the position of President of West Texas A&M University. The appointment is to be assumed September, 2016 or as soon thereafter as possible. The president serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the University, reporting to the Texas A&M University System Chancellor.

West Texas A&M University was founded in 1910 and became a member of The Texas A&M University System in 1990. The A&M System is one of the largest in the United States, comprised of more than 140,000 students enrolled in 11 universities, plus seven state agencies.

West Texas A&M’s fall 2015 enrollment was 9,489 in 58 undergraduate, 39 master’s, and one doctoral program studying in five academic colleges and three schools. The University is based in Canyon, located in the Amarillo Metropolitan Statistical Area (population 268,893).

The University has experienced strong enrollment growth over the past several years, and substantial improvement and expansion of the physical facility. West Texas A&M is also constructing a Teaching Center in Amarillo for up to 5,000 students and will convene classes in this location in 2018.

The president leads all aspects of the institution advancing the excellence of the University’s programs and services, sustaining the research culture, and seeking external gifts and other resources. The president is expected to move the university from its current Carnegie classification as a regional university to national university status, enhance endowed chairs/fellowships, advance university research, and pursue other academic measures strongly supported by the A&M System leadership. The next president will advance West Texas A&M to be nationally known for innovative education, preparing students for success in a rapidly changing, globally competitive, and culturally diverse world.

West Texas A&M University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Successful candidates should have significant experience as a leader of a major complex organization, a distinguished record of leadership and intellectual achievement, excellence in fund raising and fiscal responsibility, an earned doctorate or equivalent preferred, and commensurate experience that demonstrates the ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, students, alumni and other constituencies important to the University, region, state, nation, and world.

Desired Attributes:

  • Demonstrated success in strategic planning and implementation
  • Exceptional communications and interpersonal skills
  • Teaching and administrative experience at an accredited four-year college or university or comparable experience
  • Knowledge of key issues facing public universities in multi-campus systems, including legislative processes
  • Intercultural competence and a commitment to diversity in its many forms

Application Process:
The search is being assisted by AGB Search, Inc. For a confidential discussion of this position prior to applying or nominating, contact Dr. Robert Lawless at rwl@agbsearch.com; (806)-799-1329 or (918)-284-1395. The position will remain open until filled, but only applications received by May 25, 2016 can be assured full consideration.

Application materials should consist of a curriculum vitae or resume, a substantive cover letter addressing qualifications listed above, and a list of at least three references with contact information. References will not be contacted without explicit permission from the candidate.

Applications should be submitted electronically to WTAMUPresident@agbsearch.com.

Interested individuals are encouraged to visit the web site for West Texas A&M University at www.wtamu.edu. A position profile for the President may be accessed at www.agbsearch.com under “Current Searches”

West Texas A&M University is an equal opportunity employer and will consider all applicants without regard to
race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin or veteran status