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Norfolk State University Launches Search for New President

The Board of Visitors (governing body) invites applications and nominations for the seventh President of Norfolk State University (NSU). The board seeks a dynamic, entrepreneurial, innovative and creative leader with strong academic, administrative, development and business acumen. The successful candidate will be a visionary, advancing the university’s reputation while increasing resources through private and public partnerships.

Norfolk State University is a comprehensive, urban public institution committed to transforming the lives of its students through high-impact educational experiences that prepare its graduates for success in the 21st century.  The next president will appreciate the distinctiveness of NSU’s mission as a historically black institution and be able to interpret that mission for the changing environment of higher education.  He or she will also have a demonstrated track record of problem solving in a complex organization, with a deep commitment to shared governance and with integrity beyond reproach.

To direct the search process, the Board of Visitors has established a 21-member Presidential Search Committee representative of the University’s multiple stakeholders. It has also retained Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc., a highly respected search firm that has successfully completed more than 2,000 searches, and consulting and training projects, to work with the committee. The committee is co-chaired by board members Deborah M. DiCroce and Larry A. Griffith.

Over the next couple of months, the Presidential Search Committee will provide multiple public listening sessions for members of the NSU external and internal constituencies to share their ideas about what qualities and characteristics they would like to see in the university’s next president. That input will inform the search process and help the search committee develop the presidential profile. These sessions are set for July 16-17 and August 9-10. Specific meeting times and locations for these listening sessions will be posted to the NSU Presidential Search website at All sessions are open to the public.

Additional listening sessions for the university’s faculty, staff, and students will be held in September.

For those individuals who prefer to provide their input online, survey and comment opportunities are available on the search website.

The NSU Board of Visitors recognizes that its most important work is the selection of the university’s next president. Within that context, the board views the input from the multiple stakeholders of the university as essential to a successful outcome.

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