Presidential Search

Barton College, an independent, coeducational institution founded in 1902 and affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), seeks a leader to follow the successful and productive tenure of Dr. Norval C. Kneten, President since 2003. President Kneten will retire in the summer of 2015. Located off I-95 on a 65-acre campus less than an hour from the state capital of Raleigh, Barton College enjoys a strong relationship with the city of Wilson, as well as all the recreational, artistic, and cultural opportunities of the region. The next President will join a long-standing collaborative relationship with the Barton College Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the surrounding community. The goal of the College is to provide opportunities for intellectual, spiritual, social, and cultural development and to graduate ethical, socially responsible citizens and leaders for the 21st century global community.

Barton College, with 1,100 students, 71 full-time faculty members, and an average class size of 15, offers an array of undergraduate and graduate programs. The College has seven schools: School of Allied Health and Sport Studies, School of Business, School of Education, School of Humanities, School of Nursing, School of Sciences, and School of Social Work. In addition, there are two departments: Department of Art and Design and Department of Communication and Performing Arts. The College offers 30 majors leading to the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Liberal Studies, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and Bachelor of Social Work degrees. The College also offers three Master’s Degree programs leading to the Master of Education in Elementary Education, the Master of Education in School Administration, and the Master of Science in Nursing.

The present day identity and status of Barton College came out of the multiple formative efforts of many devoted faculty, staff, and trustees. The outcome, the Barton College of today, is a well-deserved source of pride for all associated with the institution. The challenge and opportunity now is to capitalize on the current environment and to harness the shared good will, commitment, and readiness and to lead Barton to the next stage of becoming the college it is capable of being. It is desired and expected that the next President will recognize its strengths and provide attentive, thoughtful, caring and visionary leadership, coupled with sound effective management of its people and resources, so as to strengthen the presence and reputation of Barton College regionally and nationally. The institutional prospectus can be viewed under Current Searches at www.academic-search.com. Additional information about Barton College can be found at www.barton.edu.

The search is being assisted by Academic Search, Inc. Applications should consist of a substantive cover letter, a curriculum vitae, and a list of five professional references with full contact information, none of whom will be contacted without the explicit permission of the candidate. Applications, nominations, and expressions of interest can be submitted electronically, and in confidence, to BartonCollegePresident@academic-search.com.

Applications received by October 24, 2014, will be assured full consideration. Confidential discussions about this opportunity may be arranged by contacting Ann Die Hasselmo at Ann.Hasselmo@academic-search.com or Lauren Johnson at Lauren.Johnson@academic-search.com.

Barton College is committed to equality of educational opportunity and does not discriminate against applicants, students, or employees based upon race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, veteran status or disability. Barton College opposes sexual discrimination in all forms.