Lakeland University
  • 27-Jan-2020 (PST)
  • Plymouth, WI, USA
  • Full Time

About Lakeland University

Lakeland University is a Bachelor's and Master's Degree-granting liberal arts institution related to the United Church of Christ serving nearly 3,500 students from 24 countries. Our international institute offers more than 30 majors, including our newest academic programs including Bachelor's Degrees in Food Safety and Quality, Graphic Design and Management Information Systems, as well as a new Master of Science Degree in Leadership and Organizational Development.


Our primary campus is located in rural Sheboygan County, Wisconsin. We offer evening and online courses through the Kellett School, which has centers in Milwaukee, Madison, Wisconsin Rapids, Chippewa Valley, Fox Cities, Green Bay and Sheboygan. Lakeland also offers an Associates Degree program at our two-year international campus in Tokyo, Japan.


Lakeland is an Experiential Education institution. We believe the best way to learn is by pairing knowledge with practice. At our residential campus, students can earn their degree while gaining 12-18 months of professional work experience. Students have a pathway to graduate in four years with little or no tuition debt, making a Bachelor Degree accessible to anyone with the desire to learn. Our adult learners earn their degree often while juggling careers and families. Our flexible delivery allows these students to earn credit in the classroom and in their workplace. Whether enhancing their resume or looking to completely change their career pathways, we offer innovative pathways for degree completion.


Lakeland is a proud NCAA Division III institution offering 19 sports for our Muskies.


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History of Lakeland University

Lakeland traces its beginnings to German immigrants who, seeking a new life, traveled to America and eventually to the Sheboygan area where they settled in 1847. Even as they struggled for food and shelter, these pioneers thought in terms of higher education for their children. Here are some key milestones in the college's history:

  • In 1862, the founders built Missionshaus (Mission House), a combined academy-college-seminary. The school provided training in the liberal arts followed by a traditional seminary curriculum, as most of the early students were destined to become ministers.
  • In 1956, education had evolved. The college adopted the name Lakeland and the seminary moved to Minneapolis/St. Paul in 1962 to become United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities.
  • In 1978, Lakeland launched the state's first degree-completion program for working adults by offering evening classes designed to fit around their busy schedules. Today, Lakeland's Kellett School enrolls more than 2,000 graduate and undergraduate students at seven centers around Wisconsin.
  • In 1990, Lakeland formed its two-year campus in Tokyo, Japan, a sign of the institution's strong commitment to a global education, which continues today.
  • On July 1, 2016, Lakeland College became Lakeland University, a change which accurately reflects the current reach and the diversity of offerings.



The successful candidate will have experience in advancing an institution with a coherent liberal arts and cooperative education curriculum and vision; will demonstrate a record of transparent and collegial leadership; will demonstrate a record of successful fundraising; will command respect within the academic community; and will demonstrate the capacity to be a successful agent of change. Outstanding fiscal and budgetary skills are required, as are excellent communication skills, including the capacity and determination to actively listen to the University's varied constituencies. The successful candidate will demonstrate a firm and actionable understanding of higher education's current circumstances and the marketplace for institutions of LU's type. S/he will have a documented history of innovative leadership.

The President will report to the Chair of the Board of Trustees and be responsible for the following:

Job Description and Responsibilities

  • Embrace Lakeland University's mission, ethics, values, and commitment to cooperative education;
  • Understand and address the current pressures facing higher education;
  • Foster excellent teaching and assessment in an applied liberal arts and experiential learning environment while committing to the principles of academic freedom, tenure and shared governance;
  • Build consensus around a compelling strategic vision for Lakeland University's immediate and long-range future;
  • Speak and act as one representing the University, demonstrating excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Commit to student-centered learning, access and success in all areas of academics and co-curricular activities;
  • Exhibit a commitment to lifelong learning, teaching, and scholarly activity;
  • Inspire and effectively lead senior administrators in academic affairs, institutional advancement, financial management, and student affairs, resulting in a highly productive senior administrative team;
  • Work effectively within a system of collaborative governance, using a consultative style and supporting professional development for faculty and staff;
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of financial management and resource generation across the University;
  • Foster an inclusive environment that supports the recruitment and retention of a diverse and representative population of faculty, staff and students;
  • Demonstrate personal and professional honesty, integrity and fairness that reflects a commitment to openness, transparency and cooperation among the various constituencies of the University;


Desired Qualifications

  • Completed doctoral degree studies;
  • Successful senior level experience in a college and/or university;
  • Understanding of and commitment to cooperative learning;
  • Proven knowledge and ability in fundraising and enrollment management;
  • Proven knowledge and ability in budget management;
  • Proven knowledge and ability in student learning and success;
  • Proven knowledge and ability in strategic planning;
  • Proven ability to manage change;
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively with faculty and staff;
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively with boards and external regulatory agencies;
  • Proven ability to lead a successful team of colleagues in an innovative organization;
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to coordinate multiple projects;
  • Proven communication skills in settings with students, colleagues and other constituents.


For full consideration, applicants should include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, un-official college transcripts and the name and contact information (phone and e-mail) of five references, none of whom will be contacted without the formal permission of the candidate.  Official transcripts will be required prior to appointment.

The Committee will begin screening applicants on or after February 10, 2020. The appointment is expected to begin in July of 2020.


Lakeland University does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term. If you have questions regarding this, please contact Human Resources.


Lakeland University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Educator

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