SEARK College Presidential Search

 The Board of Trustees has announced that the search is underway for the next President of Southeast Arkansas College. Applications and nominations for the position of President of Southeast Arkansas College are currently being accepted until the position is filled.

The target date for applications is: March 19, 2024

If you have any questions or suggestions, or would like to make an inquiry, please contact:

  • Barbara Jones, Ph.D., ACCT Search Consultant, brjones079@gmail.com or 870-866-1025 (mobile)
  • Julie Golder, J.D., Vice President of Search Services, jgolder@acct.org or 202-384-5816 (mobile)
How to Apply


This is a confidential search process. To ensure full consideration, application materials should be received no later than March 19, 2024. The position will remain open until filled.

To apply go to http://www.acctsearches.org and upload your documents.

Candidates will need to have the following information or materials available to complete the application:

  1. A letter of application (not to exceed 5 pages) that succinctly addresses the opportunities and challenges identified in the Position Profile and demonstrates how the candidate’s experience and professional qualifications prepare them to serve as the President of Southeast Arkansas College.
  2. A current resume including an email address and cellular telephone number.
  3. A list of eight references:  example, two to three supervisors, two to three direct reports, and two to three faculty and/or staff members from current and former institutions.

For additional information, nominations or confidential inquiries please contact:

  • Barbara Jones, Ph.D., ACCT Search Consultant, brjones079@gmail.com or 870-866-1025 (mobile)
  • Julie Golder, J.D., Vice President of Search Services, jgolder@acct.org or 202-384-5816 (mobile)

*An ACCT Search*

Timeline

January/February 2024

  • Survey link distributed to solicit feedback to assist with the development of the Presidential Profile.
  • ACCT administers an electronic survey to solicit feedback to inform the development of the draft Presidential Profile.
  • Board of Trustees to discuss, edit, and finalize the Presidential Profile. Profile posted on seark.edu and acctsearches.org; ACCT to commence local, state-wide, regional, and national recruitment.

March 19, 2024

  • Target Date for applications. Position remains open until filled.

Early April 2024

  • Board Search Committee Meeting: Discussion and selection of confidential semifinalist candidates.

Late April 2024

  • Board Search Committee Meeting: Confidential interviews with semifinalists. Committee deliberates and selects finalists to forward for further consideration.

Early May 2024 

  • Finalists visit the College for tours, participate in public forums, and interview with the Board of Trustees

Late May 2024

  • New President of Southeast Arkansas College is announced.

July 1, 2024

  • Anticipated approximate start date for next President of Southeast Arkansas College.
Presidential Profile

The Board of Trustees of Southeast Arkansas College invites nominations and applications for the position of President of Southeast Arkansas College (SEARK).

The College

The mission of Southeast Arkansas College (SEARK) is to build a community of lifelong learners committed to becoming the leaders of tomorrow. Formerly Pines Vocational Technical School (1959), Southeast Arkansas College was created by Act 1244 of the 78th General Assembly of the State of Arkansas, which was signed into law by the Governor on April 17, 1991. SEARK is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

With 2,324 credit and 118 non-credit students in the 2023 academic year, SEARK provides a comprehensive community college education and services, and serves students from a rich variety of backgrounds. The College offers applied associate degrees, certificates, and university transfer associate degrees, as well as high school dual enrollment partnerships, apprenticeship programs, customized workforce training, and personal enrichment opportunities.

The President is responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of SEARK College’s Strategic Plan, which focuses on the fulfillment of the College mission and meets the needs of Southeast Arkansas. The President is also responsible for securing resources and developing and maintaining the budget aligned with the priorities to the College’s mission, goals, and long-range plan. The President's role extends to both internal and external constituencies, involving the campus and support of an effective leadership team within SEARK College and the external advocacy for the institution and SEARK students. This includes understanding state and federal trends and legislation and representing the needs of the College to federal and state legislators and agencies. Also, collaboration with local business, industry, economic development entities, education, and community leaders, as well as philanthropic organizations and nonprofits to fulfill the College mission and deliver high-quality educational programs to the communities it serves.

The Region

Pine Bluff, a city of over 40,000, is located approximately 40 minutes south of the metropolitan Little Rock area with recreational opportunities including golf, tennis, pickle ball, swimming, hiking, fishing, hunting, numerous historical sites and landmarks, Southeast Arkansas Arts and Science Center, Saracen Casino and Resort and access to the Arkansas River.

The Position

Southeast Arkansas College (SEARK) has a history of stable leadership, and the next President of Southeast Arkansas College will be a leader committed to addressing the following challenges and opportunities:

Challenges and Opportunities

  • To continue to invest in the tradition of academic excellence and develop innovative approaches to increase enrollment, student success and retention.
  • To strategically build and expand programs and partnerships to meet the educational and workforce needs of the community.
  • To develop opportunities that will successfully address economic challenges within the state and region especially those presented by a decreasing population throughout SEARK’s service area.
  • To work collaboratively to identify and implement opportunities for underserved communities.

SEARK is seeking an innovative and collaborative leader who will make a long-term commitment to the College and community, and is:

Ideal Characteristics

  • A passionate, student-focused, and student-centered leader with academic, student support, and workforce experience and successful past performance with student recruitment, retention, and success.
  • A strategic and visible leader who will serve as an effective advocate for SEARK’s mission and vision throughout the region.
  • A community-focused leader who will energetically serve a role in current civic, economic, and quality of life initiatives.
  • A collaborative leader who will be an integral part of the current efforts to increase regional employment opportunities and build a strong and successful workforce.
  • A leader who fosters a culturally inclusive environment and promotes cultural diversity where individuals are valued and empowered to achieve.
  • A seasoned fundraiser with a successful record of identifying and creating new revenue sources and working with a college foundation.
  • An accomplished fiscal steward who has experience working with large and complex budgets. Demonstrated success aligning budget allocations with institutional mission and strategic priorities.
  • A data-driven leader prepared to implement new strategies to expand and develop programs and services in the best interests of the institution and community.
  • An educational partner who builds relationships with K-12 schools and postsecondary institutions.
  • A proven administrator able to work effectively with governing boards, faculty, staff, students, and governmental and community members.
  • A compassionate individual with the highest level of integrity and honesty. An energetic, approachable, decisive, and participatory team builder who will work collaboratively and transparently with faculty, staff, and students.

Skills/Experience

  • Experience working with business and industry partners
  • Experience in crisis management and safety planning.
  • Experience with athletics, student housing, and housing management.
  • Experience with advocacy at the local, county, state, and federal levels.
  • Experience in recruiting and retaining quality faculty and staff and supporting professional development opportunities for all employees.
  • Experience in the areas of dual credit, general and technical education, and allied health programs.
  • Experience working with institutional and programmatic accreditation.

Qualifications

  • 3 years Senior level administrative experience, preferably at a two-year college.
  • Teaching experience, preferably at a two-year college.
  • Earned doctorate (from an accredited institution) is highly preferred.