The Board of Trustees at Carlow University has begun the search for the University’s tenth president and invites nominations and applications of individuals who will provide outstanding leadership at an exciting moment in the University’s rich 84-year history. The next president will accept responsibility for a comprehensive women-centered Catholic University, grounded in the liberal arts and guided by the creativity, courage, and spiritual values of the Sisters of Mercy.
Carlow has three campus locations in the greater Pittsburgh area: Oakland, Greensburg, and Cranberry Township. The 15-acre Oakland campus is situated in the heart of the educational, cultural, and medical center of Pittsburgh. Undergraduate and graduate enrollments total just under 2,500 students, and women continue to comprise the majority (approximately 90%) of the student body. The University is midway through a $37 million capital fund drive.
While retaining the centrality of its mission, the warmth of its campus community, and a concern for individuals who may not otherwise have access to education, Carlow is expanding its academic offerings at all levels and is re-engineering the manner in which various segments of its curricula are offered. The traditional classroom setting is still central to Carlow’s personalized educational ethos, but new learning practices are emerging at the University. The integration of state-of-the-art technology is having a significant impact on pedagogies and curriculum, and a variety of learning styles are being addressed for current and future generations of Carlow students.
Carlow’s next president will be academically focused, spiritually grounded, entrepreneurially inclined, committed to quality, and accomplished as a leader. According to University by-laws, the Carlow president must be a woman. She will be asked to sustain Carlow’s core values and existing program initiatives, but her agenda goes well beyond maintaining the status quo. New presidential leadership will help to refine and integrate Carlow’s strategic plan, invigorate development of a robust vision, prioritize new initiatives, achieve greater financial equilibrium, sharpen the Carlow brand, enhance the fundraising program, and strengthen its educational impact.
True to the value-centeredness of the Religious Sisters of Mercy and grounded in a foundation of service to others, Carlow welcomes candidates who will actively model the Catholic and Mercy traditions. The president must demonstrate the presence of a “Catholic heart,” whether she is a member of the Catholic Church or another denomination.