Presidential Search

Position Announcement

SUNY Geneseo, a highly regarded liberal arts college in the State University of New York (SUNY) system, seeks an inspiring, visionary and entrepreneurial leader to become its next president. Founded in 1871, Geneseo has developed into one of the nation’s most selective public liberal arts institutions and is nationally recognized as a center of excellence in undergraduate education. Geneseo is committed to providing life-enhancing, residential education of the “whole person” on an idyllic campus where young people learn to define themselves intellectually, personally and socially.

Located 30 minutes south of Rochester, NY, in a historic village, Geneseo enrolls 5,300-5,400 undergraduate and graduate students who are distinguished by impressive academic backgrounds, a commitment to service, and their accomplishments after graduation. Within one year of graduating nearly 40 percent of Geneseo students enter graduate or professional school. Geneseo is ranked in the top 10 nationwide for the percentage of its graduates who receive Ph.D.s in the STEM fields. Others become leaders in business, public service, non-profit enterprise and the arts.

The College consists of 21 academic departments, as well as two professional schools: the School of Business, and the Ella Cline Shear School of Education. Together these programs offer a total of 43 undergraduate majors, 21 interdisciplinary minors, and six Master’s programs in Education and Accounting.

The president will build upon Geneseo’s distinguished history and unite the College around common goals for its future, preserving its strengths while finding solutions for the challenges facing public higher education and small liberal arts colleges nationwide. S/he will be a dynamic, experienced and strategic leader who will leverage the strong sense of institutional pride and entrepreneurial spirit that exists among students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community. As the chief ambassador for Geneseo, the president will advocate for the benefits of a Geneseo liberal arts education and strengthen relationships with alumni, the community, partner educational institutions, businesses, government and nonprofit organizations around the world. The president will provide strong and transparent leadership in growing and managing the College’s financial resources.

Applications, nominations and inquiries may be directed in confidence to:
Gale Merseth, Vice President
Kathryn Barry, Managing Associate
Isaacson, Miller, Inc.
Please apply online at

SUNY Geneseo is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity, Equal Access Employer committed to recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students. The College actively seeks applications from women and members of underrepresented groups.