Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts

Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts invites applications and nominations for the position of President.  The College is seeking a leader that will work tirelessly and self-sacrificially in service to the college’s radical vision for Catholic liberal arts education, while calling others to do the same.

 The College

Magdalen College is a small, residential, Catholic liberal arts college founded in 1973 and located in Warner, New Hampshire. For more information, please visit:

 Position Summary

The president of Magdalen has two main responsibilities: first, to articulate the mission of the college to a range of stakeholders; second, to actualize that mission through responsible administration.

 The mission of Magdalen is distinctive within higher education, so it must be articulated clearly and frequently to students, faculty, staff, donors, and parents. Although all members of our community should be able to explain the mission of the college, the next president will have the ultimate responsibility to do so. The president has an extraordinary degree of interaction with constituents, and he or she has a tremendous impact on the external relations of the college, especially development and admissions. Candidates should have a deep understanding of and love for the liberal arts, as well as a willingness to learn the position of Magdalen within the liberal arts tradition. Of course, candidates should also passionately articulate the connection between this tradition and the Catholic faith that animates Magdalen.

 The administration of Magdalen implicates the president more directly than at many institutions. Because of the college’s unique size, the president must work directly with key leaders, such as the Academic Dean, Chief Financial Officer, and Dean of Students, to ensure that the daily operations of the college adhere to the highest standards of academic life.

 Required Experience 

The most qualified candidates will possess:

• A terminal degree

• Deep familiarity with the American system of higher education

• Demonstrated passion for liberal learning in the Catholic tradition

• Experience in education as a teacher, advocate, or leader

• Experience relevant to leadership of a college and management of employees

 Applicants should also be active members in good standing in the Roman Catholic Church and demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of Ex Corde Ecclesiae.  Each fall semester, the president, the Catholic members of the faculty and staff, and the members of the board of trustees take an oath of fidelity to the magisterium in the presence of the bishop. 


To ensure full consideration by the search committee, applicants should submit by November 23rd a comprehensive cover letter, complete CV, the names and addresses of five (5) professional references, and a statement explaining the candidate’s understanding of Ex Corde Ecclesiae as it relates to the position and to Magdalen’s role as an institution of learning.  All applications and nominations will be handled in confidence.  Applications should be submitted by email with the subject line “Presidential Search – NCR” to:  [email protected]

 Starting date of the position is negotiable.


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