Letter from the Search Committee Chair
Dear Prospective Presidential Candidate,
Thank you for your interest in Judson University as we conduct this important search for our next president.
Jerry B. Cain retired from the role of president on June 30, 2012. During Dr. Cain’s leadership since 1998, Judson has moved from a college to a university, launched four master’s programs, received successful accreditation reviews, experienced growth in enrollment, and completed several major capital projects. Dr. Cain has been a passionate ambassador locally, nationally and internationally for Judson, and his love for this institution has been evident in his tireless efforts to expand its impact.
The Board of Trustees has now selected Dr. William Clark Crothers as Interim President for the 2012-13 academic year. Dr. Crothers brings a lifetime of experience and wisdom to this position and we are deeply grateful that the Lord has brought him to Judson University during this transition period.
We are confident that Judson’s best days are ahead and anticipate God's goodness and direction as we seek Him for his best representative to lead our institution. We encourage you to read through this Opportunity Profile and explore the Judson University website.
If after reading the Profile, you sense your gifts and experience would fit with Judson’s needs, please review the Process of Candidacy section and follow the instructions contained therein. If you have any questions, please contact the office of Tommy Thomas and Laura Coverstone (615 261-4623), the SIMA International Consultants who are assisting Judson in this search.
Thank you again for your interest in Judson and for your thoughtful prayers regarding this process.
Carol Thompson, Chair
Judson University Board of Trustees
Presidential Search Committee
Judson University was founded nearly a century ago as part of Northern Baptist Theological Seminary. When the seminary portion of Northern moved from Chicago to Lombard in the early 1960s, the founders decided to make the college an independent entity. Under the guidance of college and seminary president, Dr. Benjamin P. Browne, a new school was founded along the shores of the Fox River in 1963 and named after Adoniram Judson, the first American missionary to serve abroad.
Judson is home to over 1200 undergraduate and graduate students coming from more than 30 states and 25 countries. From its humble beginnings on a 19-acre private estate, Judson has expanded to become a beautiful 90-acre campus nestled in the Fox River Valley.
Today, Judson is the only evangelical Christian college or university to offer a fully-accredited graduate program in architecture and is also quickly gaining a reputation as an evangelical, “green” university. The new 88,000 square foot Harm A. Weber Academic Center, which is home to the library and School of Art, Design and Architecture, is a LEED Gold certified building and one of the most energy-efficient buildings of its kind in North America.
Judsons’ second World Leaders Forum was held on April 21, 2012 with Nobel Laureate and Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev addressing the University in two sessions. This annual fundraising event brings world leaders to the Judson University campus each year with the intent to inspire and ignite a flame of leadership in all who attend. The inaugural World Leaders Forum in April 2011 featured former U.S. President George W. Bush as the keynote speaker.
Judson is currently engaged in the search for its sixth President who will continue to lead the university in its mission as an evangelical Christian university that represents the Church at work in higher education, equipping students to be fully developed, responsible persons who glorify God by the quality of their personal relationships, their work, and their citizenship within the community, the nation and the world.
The president of Judson must be a maturing Christian, who serves as a vibrant “ambassador for Christ” in every aspect of life and witness. S/he must bring a growing relationship with Jesus Christ to every thought, interaction, decision, speech and plan; one that applies Christian values to the situations of the day and exemplifies the mission of Judson.
This person may currently be a leader of a church or other faith-based organization, a college or university, a major governmental agency, a for-profit business, etc. The next president should have an understanding of and passion for higher education. S/he must have strong management and leadership skills and be an executive with a demonstrated track record of building high-impact teams and increasing the size and impact of the organizations that s/he has led.
The President will set the tone for fundraising at Judson and will play a major role in major donor and foundation relationships.
The President must have the ability to lead Judson through growth and transition without losing momentum or focus on the university’s mission and vision. S/he must be a collaborative leader who is willing to roll up his/her sleeves and lead by example by taking prudent risks and making tough decisions.
Judson is poised for even greater growth and significance than it has experienced in recent years. The right individual will be a person who cares deeply about today’s students – tomorrow’s leaders – and believes that Judson’s mission and vision provides a platform from which to impact coming generations.