The Search for Sewanee's 18th Vice-Chancellor and President

The University of the South, familiarly known as “Sewanee,” seeks nominations, applications, and expressions of interest in the search for its 18th Vice-Chancellor and President.

Students attending class outside a gothic buildingSewanee is distinctive in its academic reputation, its setting, and its sense of community. As a premier liberal arts institution with one of the leading Episcopal seminaries in the country, the University is deeply committed to excellence in teaching; to close and lasting relationships among students, faculty, and staff; and to significant faculty contributions in scholarship, research, and creative activity. Located atop the Cumberland Plateau, the University's collegiate Gothic architecture and 13,000 acres of land (referred to as "the Domain") reflect natural beauty and grandeur and offer unique educational opportunities. Sewanee's motto—Ecce quam bonum et quam iucundum habitare fratres in unum (referred to as "EQB")—embodies the deep sense of community that ties students, employees, residents, and alumni to the University and the Domain. EQB translates as, "Behold how good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity." All of these attributes blend to make a special combination of people, place, and academic programs.

Three students on a bluff at sunsetThe search for the University’s next leader unfolds at an inflection point in the story of higher education in particular and in the story of the American nation in general. History and experience tell us that durably free societies must possess an educated citizenry—a populace that values free inquiry, is open to reason, and believes in mutual respect and the dignity of every person. Sewanee’s mission to inspire and to shape lives of consequence and compassion is especially relevant and resonant in this 21st century moment, and the next Vice-Chancellor would ideally be an advocate and defender of the power of enlightened, critical thinking, and of an ethos of neighborliness near and far. The goal is not to produce some kind of unanimity of opinion—an impossibility in any case—but to articulate and make real the role of the life of the mind and the values of curiosity, grace, and empathy.

Leadership Profile

The University of the South has initiated a search for its 18th Vice-Chancellor and President and invites nominations and applications for this position.

Search Committee

The Vice-Chancellor Search Committee includes members from the Board of Regents and Board of Trustees, distinguished faculty from the arts, sciences, humanities, and School of Theology, College staff and student representatives. This group brings together over six decades of distinct and treasured Sewanee experiences. It is led by Co-Chairs Mary Claire Murphy and Katie Pearson.

Nominations and Comments

Please provide your nominations via email and your comments via an online survey. Your submission will be sent directly to the search consultants and treated as confidential. Information will be shared with the committee in an aggregate, anonymous format.

News and Updates

Follow the progress of the search for Sewanee's 18th vice-chancellor and president.

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