The Presidential Search Committee of Bastyr University invites applications, expressions of interest, and nominations of candidates in its search for the University’s seventh president.
Bastyr University believes that inclusive diversity is essential for achieving academic excellence and creating a profoundly enriching university experience. Our faculty and staff are committed to achieving our mission by educating students to be future leaders that bring the natural health arts and sciences to people from all backgrounds. Promoting an educational environment that allows students, faculty and staff to develop their talents while experiencing a sense of community, we expect campus members to engage in respectful communication, behaviors and thoughtful self-reflection, increase their understanding of cultures and empower people who are disenfranchised, marginalized or oppressed. In so doing, the University pledges to prepare our students (and support faculty and staff) to recognize and appropriately respond to health inequities that affect multiple communities. This involves infusing DEI knowledge, skills, and practices in all academic programs, clinical training and patient services. In all, Bastyr University is dedicated to the welfare of our students and patients as well as to promoting equal opportunity and access in education and health care.
In alignment with Bastyr’s DEI commitment, applications from members of underrepresented groups are encouraged.
Bastyr University seeks an experienced leader with energy, vision and a commitment to the institution’s mission and values as well as an understanding of natural and integrative approaches to health care. The successful candidate will join a diverse, inclusive, and collaborative community of faculty and staff who are committed to shaping students into well-educated, thoughtful natural health leaders focused on transforming the health and well-being of the human community.
The first fully accredited school of its kind in the world, Bastyr University was founded in 1978 as the John Bastyr College of Naturopathic Medicine, and in just over 40 years has grown to become a leading academic center for advancing and integrating knowledge in the natural health arts and sciences. Today Bastyr’s doctoral, graduate, undergraduate, post-baccalaureate and certificate programs offer a multidisciplinary curriculum at campuses in Seattle, Washington and San Diego, California. Bastyr currently enrolls 904 students (684 in Kenmore, WA, and 220 in San Diego, CA), and more than 6,000 graduates have gone on to serve their communities and improve lives locally, nationally, and internationally. For FY 2021, the operating budget of Bastyr is $36,125,506. As of June 30, 2020, the endowment fund was $4,183,186.
The next President of Bastyr University must possess a passion for integrative health and the transforming power of a natural health arts and sciences education. Bastyr seeks a leader whose professional experiences and personal values align with Bastyr’s community-oriented ethos. A master’s degree from an accredited institution and a record of progressively responsible senior-level administrative experience is expected. An earned doctorate from an accredited institution and a record of progressively responsible senior level administrative experience in a complex mission-driven institution would distinguish the candidate, as would academic preparation in integrative health and medicine or a related field.
Under the leadership of its next President, Bastyr University will continue to promote the natural health arts and sciences as a means of addressing the accelerating need for health care practitioners and thus help usher in a new era when natural, preventative care is accessible to all.
Role of the President
The President of Bastyr University is the chief executive officer and the chief advisor to and executive agent of the Board of Trustees. The President is responsible for leading the University, implementing all board policies, keeping the board informed on appropriate matters, consulting with the board in a timely manner on matters appropriate to its policy-making and fiduciary responsibilities, and serving as the University’s key spokesperson. The President has the authority to execute all documents on behalf of the University and the Board of Trustees consistent with board policies and the best interests of the University. The President is a non-voting member of the Board and an ex-officio member of all Board committees.
The President is advised by many constituents and is assisted by the Cabinet, comprised of the Senior Vice President and Provost, Vice President of Student Affairs, Vice President for Advancement and Enrollment Services, Associate Vice President of Budget and Finance/CFO, Associate Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Associate Vice President of Human Resources. Additional members of the Executive Leadership Team include:
In collaboration with the Senior Vice President and Provost and other cabinet-level administrators, the President oversees long-term planning, both institutional and academic, concentrating on innovation, sustainability and adjustment to external forces, including changing markets, the demands of accreditation and the evolution of the state and federal regulatory environment.
In collaboration with the Vice President for Advancement and Enrollment Services and other cabinet-level administrators, the President oversees marketing, recruitment, admissions, and fundraising efforts critical to the strategic growth of the University and its teaching clinics.
In collaboration with the Associate Vice President for Finance and Administration/CFO, the President presents and manages annual budgets and multi-year budget projections that advance the interests of the University and sustain long-term financial stability. For FY 2021, the operating budget of Bastyr is $36, 125, 506. As of June 30, 2020, the endowment fund was $4, 183, 186. The President also oversees, in collaboration with the AVP/CFO, information technology and operations of the university, the auxiliary services of emergency management, as well as the dispensary, food services, bookstore, facilities, and parking.
In collaboration with the Vice President for Student Affairs and other cabinet-level administrators, the President oversees student registration and retention efforts, student scholarships and financial aid, alumni relations and career preparedness, and other student services critical to the wellbeing of the University and its students. This also includes student housing on the Bastyr University Kenmore campus.
In collaboration with the Vice President for Human Resources and other cabinet-level administrators, the President oversees recruitment, compensation, and retention efforts critical to advancing the competencies of University faculty and staff.
In collaboration with the Associate Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and other cabinet-level administrators, the President co-leads the university efforts critical to advancing the DEI competencies of University faculty, staff, and students to create a university that is truly competent at inclusive diversity.
The President serves as spokesperson and ambassador of the University to multiple external constituencies, including local communities, community leaders, educational leaders, elected officials, the state legislature, and national groups and leaders of importance to the University. In this external role, the President is also a powerful voice for the university in identifying and developing community partnerships.
In collaboration with the senior development team, the President also leads University fundraising efforts.
The President confers regularly, formally and informally, with students, faculty, staff, friends, and the founders of the University to communicate important information and developments, to learn from the experience of these constituencies, and to convey their knowledge and concerns to other administrators and to the Board.
Opportunities and Challenges
With bold and collaborative leadership and enthusiasm for Bastyr’s mission, the next President will embrace the following opportunities and challenges:
The next President of Bastyr University must possess a passion for integrative health and the transforming power of a natural health arts and sciences education. Bastyr seeks a leader whose professional experiences and personal values align with Bastyr’s community-oriented ethos. A master’s degree from an accredited institution and a record of progressively responsible senior-level administrative experience is expected. An earned doctorate from an accredited institution and a record of progressively responsible senior level administrative experience in a complex mission-driven institution would distinguish the candidate, as would academic preparation in integrative health and medicine or a related field. Additionally, the next President will possess many of the following qualifications and desired attributes and skills:
Additional Desired Attributes and Skills
Applications and Nominations
Screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, please send all nominations, inquiries, and applications in confidence, to:
Susan VanGilder, Partner, Storbeck Search
Matthew Bunting, Managing Associate, Storbeck Search
Michelle Bonoan, Managing Director, Koya Partners
For more information, please visit Bastyr University’s website: www.Bastyr.edu
Bastyr University does not discriminate against any person in matters of employment, application for employment, student or applicant for admission, or participation in our programs or benefits on the basis of the following protected classes: ancestry, gender, gender identity, or expression, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, religion (includes religious dress and grooming practices), sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and/or related medical conditions), ethnic or national origin (includes language use and possession of a driver’s license issued to persons unable to prove their presence in the United States is authorized under federal law), age (40 and above), disability (mental and physical, including HIV and AIDS), marital status, genetic information, medical condition (genetic characteristics, cancer or a record or history of cancer), veteran or military status or any other protected category under applicable local, state or federal law.
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