Desired Qualities of Sul Ross State University’s Next President

  1. Unquestioned integrity.
  2. Passion for educating students, eager to communicate with students, and to build bonds between students and the University.
  3. Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills and an eagerness to use these skills to engage all stakeholders of the University.
  4. Experienced leader with a record of accomplishments in progressively higher levels of responsibility in higher education.
  5. Good sense of humor.
  6. Capacity to develop and implement a shared vision that expresses a creative entrepreneurial spirit for Sul Ross State University that builds on the University’s history and culture.
  7. Good insight into the challenges and opportunities facing small universities located in rural areas.
  8. Background of building enrollment in a challenging environment.
  9. Good record in university-town relations and passion to develop such relations.
  10. Extensive budgeting and management experience.
  11. History of developing and implementing strategic plans that have produced tangible results.
  12. Experience with distant campuses that have different cultures and student backgrounds.
  13. Familiar with the role of faculty in the university, the promotion and tenure process and the development of faculty in teaching, research and service.
  14. History of intensive interaction with two year institutions.
  15. Record of building and maintaining a well working team in an atmosphere of transparency and collegiality.
  16. Comfortable with shared governance among all stakeholders in the University.
  17. Demonstrated commitment to diversity.
  18. Understands and appreciates on-line/distance learning.
  19. Values and understands the important role of staff within the University.
  20. Understands and supports the role of student organizations and activities and the co-curriculum in educating students.
  21. Understands and appreciates the role of Division Three athletics in the University and the community.
  22. History of success in fundraising and relationship building.
  23. Knowledge of Texas higher education environment and connections to Texas, particularly West Texas.
  24. Understands the role of the University in the economic and cultural development of the region.
  25. Understands the importance of research and experiential learning in undergraduate and graduate education.