The university president is the chief executive officer of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), reporting to the Board of Visitors, a 14-member organization appointed by the governor. The president is responsible for leading the commonwealth’s largest research university and senior land-grant institution and for overseeing the operations of a $1.2 billion academic enterprise and its related foundations and corporations. The president will have an in-depth understanding of the global context in which the university operates; the issues that face higher education in general; the diverse missions of a major public research university; and the unique mission of a land-grant university with an agriculture experiment station and Cooperative Extension programs throughout the commonwealth.
The president will perform the following executive functions required to successfully lead the university and position Virginia Tech to have a global focus in research and engagement, as well as to prepare students for the cultures in which they will work and live.
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Vision. The president will articulate a vision for the university that will recognize and cultivate innovation; respect and acknowledge creativity; appreciate change and the accompanying process; and possess the leadership competencies to propel the university forward, while understanding and building upon its rich traditions and special resources. The president will expand the international focus of the university and have an innovative vision of the role of technology in teaching, learning, and operating the university. The president must have the ability to inspire others and instill pride in all stakeholders of the university.
Academic Leadership. The president will be an able administrator with a record of creative or scholarly achievements and should have an earned doctorate or credentials appropriate for leading a major public research/land-grant university. The president will have a breadth of background essential to understanding the multitude of disciplines at Virginia Tech, a demonstrated record of achievement in building high-quality educational programs, and a commitment to articulating a comprehensive research agenda. The president will exhibit personal integrity and a dedication to continually improving the university experience for students, faculty, and staff. To accomplish this charge, the president will enhance the climate and support for scholarly excellence; recognize and reward exceptional performance; and strive for inclusiveness within the university community by attracting and retaining a diverse and superior faculty, student body, and staff.
Resource Management and Accountability. The president will build and maintain an effective and efficient administrative structure led by a high-quality leadership team; be fiscally astute and exercise consistent financial and business oversight with a focus on accountability appropriate to a university; develop a resource base that enables the university to pursue ground-breaking opportunities; support leadership development at all academic and administrative levels; and commit to a shared governance system, which includes active participation in academic policy decisions by faculty, staff, and students.
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State and Federal Relations. While private support and self-generative revenues are becoming more important to the university, the president is the key spokesperson on behalf of Virginia Tech in underscoring the importance of state and federal relations to secure funding for operations, special project, and capital appropriations. The president will be a spokesperson on higher education to elected and appointed officials and will build a broad understanding of the importance of funding higher education and the role of higher education in the economic well-being of the commonwealth and the nation.
Fundraising. The president will understand the importance of building a significant endowment to enhance the quality of academic programs and teaching, and to provide chairs and professorships for faculty as well as scholarships and fellowships for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. The president will lead the university in establishing and advancing strategic, private fundraising goals to build the endowment, as well as address the capital and operating needs of the university. The president will provide leadership to strengthen philanthropic support from individuals, foundations, and corporations and be highly effective at developing and nurturing relationships with alumni, donors, and potential donors.
Building Support through Strategic Partnerships and Relationships. The president will provide leadership to enhance university resources through creative, collaborative efforts. The president will communicate clearly and effectively with people inside and outside the university and be adept at managing relationships with a broad range of constituents, including faculty, staff, administrators, students, alumni, legislators, donors, and others. The president will encourage and provide leadership to forge strategic partnerships with community leaders, corporations, governmental agencies, and other higher education institutions both within the United States and abroad in an effort to expand and enhance resources, as well as create new programming opportunities that will serve the students and faculty of the university and the commonwealth.
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