With an enrollment exceeding 10,000 students and employing more than 400 faculty members, USD has a strong commitment to student outcomes and success. The 274-acre main campus in Vermillion—housing more than 4,000 students, over 130 student organizations and 18 NCAA Division I sports—has undergone $300 million in upgrades over the last decade and been named one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation. USD has a strong track record of successful programs and initiatives that will provide a solid and steady foundation on which the incoming president can build.
USD is part of a system of six universities governed by a nine-member Board of Regents. Member institutions are expected to collaborate, share resources, increase efficiency and cost savings, limit program redundancy among universities, and make it easier for students to access programs and transfer easily throughout the system. The USD president reports to the board through the executive director.
The USD president provides the strategic vision and leadership for the campus. The president will be expected to continue the university’s current momentum and leverage existing strategic initiatives toward the development of new campus-wide priorities.
USD’s president will be a visible representative of the institution, both on and off campus, responsible for cultivating external relationships and building strong ties within the community, local industry and with statewide government officials. The president also will serve as the university’s chief fundraiser, leading the campus to the successful close of its current $250 million campaign (currently on pace to surpass $300 million) and engaging current and prospective donors to identify new sources of revenue. A continued focus on increasing enrollment, student retention and graduation rates will be critical to future success. The president should be a strong advocate of faculty and staff, encouraging cross-disciplinary partnerships and program innovation to enhance academic excellence.
Successful candidates will have significant administrative and leadership experience with a high level of interpersonal skills and a deep commitment to student success. Candidates should demonstrate a track record of fundraising and building strong relationships and community partnerships with external constituents. The campus seeks a president who is highly visible, both on and off campus, transparent and collaborative.