Presidential position profile

Mount Holyoke College (MHC), a highly selective liberal arts college in the heart of the Connecticut River Valley, seeks an uncommon leader to become its 20th president. Since its founding in 1837, Mount Holyoke has built a powerful legacy of preparing students to become ambitious changemakers. From groundbreaking medical researchers, tech entrepreneurs, and social justice champions, to U.S. presidential cabinet members and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwrights, Mount Holyoke graduates live lives of consequence, purpose, and engagement. Today, as a women’s college that is gender diverse, the institution remains committed to equipping students with the tools to thrive and lead in a global, pluralistic, and changing world. The first and oldest of the Seven Sister colleges, Mount Holyoke offers a transformative undergraduate experience grounded in liberal learning and it stands strong in its long-held conviction that gender ought never be a barrier for achievement and impact. As founder Mary Lyon asserted, “This institution is a great intellectual and moral machine, and if you jump in, you may ride very fast.”

The next president of Mount Holyoke College will inherit a bold and extraordinary institution poised for its next chapter, ever committed to its founding impulse and ready to push itself in new ways to respond to a world marked by uncertainty and also great possibility. This moment calls for a refreshed, clear, and forward-looking vision. The next president will guide the campus in realizing this vision; elevate MHC’s profile and visibility; advance its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; fortify the student experience; nurture a campus-wide culture of trust, clarity, and transparency; steward the College’s financial resources and extend fundraising success; and guide renewal of the academic program to ensure close alignment with the College’s vision, identity, and resources.

The College expects to select its new president in early 2023, with the successful candidate assuming the role by July 1, 2023. Mount Holyoke College has retained the national executive search firm Isaacson, Miller to assist in this important recruitment. Please direct all inquiries and applications as indicated at the end of this document.