Bridgewater State University’s next President will be joining at the time of the University’s 175th Anniversary and following more than a quarter century of historic growth for the institution. From humble beginnings as one of the original normal schools in the United States, the path of the modern Bridgewater State University has been one of tremendous expansion, innovation and strategic vision. Though today it is a flagship of the Massachusetts state university system, Bridgewater remains steadfast in its commitments to affordability and accessibility and continues to be a premier choice for first-generation college students and their families.
Never before in its history has the foundation of the institution been stronger. As was clearly validated during its 2012 decennial reaccreditation, Bridgewater State University is in excellent financial health, enjoys very good morale among its students and employees, is home to one of the best maintained and attractive campuses in New England, and is woven deeply into the fabric of communities throughout the region, Commonwealth and world. At the same time, the combination of a wide and expanding array of high-quality bachelor’s and master’s degree programs along with the University’s terrific reputation has created the conditions for surging enrollments.
With 328 full-time faculty, few institutions in New England have bolstered their faculty ranks at a more prolific rate over the past decade. The same period saw the largest building and construction boom in the history of the institution as well as the quintupling of the University’s private endowment. Bridgewater students were the primary beneficiaries of these investments: the number of degrees awarded rose by 78% (outpacing enrollment growth by a factor of nearly three-to-one) and historic progress was made in closing achievement gaps.
All of those who have contributed to Bridgewater’s trajectory of excellence are hopeful that the next President will both continue this forward momentum and propel the institution to an entirely new level. Opportunities abound for the successful candidate to further mature the university structure, boost private philanthropy, positively impact the socioeconomic climate of Southeastern Massachusetts, build a national reputation for Bridgewater, and improve the overall quality of the teaching and learning environment.
Bridgewater State University’s 12th President must be a sophisticated leader with exceptional character and deep experience who has demonstrated academic and management excellence. The President must embody the University’s historic mission while rallying the institution behind a compelling vision for the future. He/she will be a highly visible figure and regularly engage with a wide array of University constituencies – students, faculty, staff, the Board of Trustees, alumni, civic/ government partners and community constituents – to enhance student success, improve the teaching and learning environment, drive programmatic innovation, catalyze regional socioeconomic development, bolster the University’s reputation, and optimize the organization’s operational effectiveness and financial health.
About the University
As the largest of the nine Massachusetts state universities and the tenth largest higher education institution (public or private) in the Commonwealth, Bridgewater State University serves a student population of 11,500, of which 95% hail from the Commonwealth and approximately 50% represent the first members of their families to go to college. A full position prospectus including details pertaining to the application and selection process can be found at www.bridgew.edu/presidentialsearch. The Presidential Search Committee will begin reviewing applications on August 1, 2014. Bridgewater State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and actively seeks to increase the diversity of its workforce.