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Texas Southmost College Presidential Search

With a history dating back to 1926, Texas Southmost College (TSC) offers an extraordinary opportunity for a new president to lead the redevelopment of the comprehensive community college needed to serve the Rio Grande Valley of Texas in the 21st Century.

The 83rd Texas Legislature provided for the termination of a 20-year University of Texas at Brownsville (UTB) - Texas Southmost College Agreement through which UTB had been the operating entity. The legislation provided for the termination of the Agreement on or before August 31, 2015. TSC reopened in fall, 2013 as a free-standing comprehensive community college. With accreditation in place, the college is poised for significant redevelopment to carry-out its mission.

TSC serves the eighth most populous metropolitan area in Texas. The campus is in Brownsville, the county seat of Cameron County. The community, known for its pro-business climate, is one of the least expensive places to live in the United States.  Latest Census data show the population includes 89% Hispanic/Latino residents.

TSC has an All Funds budget of $41,121,271 during the current fiscal year. It is utilizing both General Obligation and Revenue Bond programs to build the college of the future.  Enrollment topped 5,000 students in fall, 2016, demonstrating the readiness of the community to embrace the TSC of the future. This record enrollment will provide the foundation as an elected seven-member board of leading citizens charts the course of future development.

DESIRABLE CHARACTERISTICS

  • POSSESSES A DEEP COMMITMENT TO STUDENT ACCESS AND SUCCESS.
  • HONORS AND VALUES DIVERSITY, INCLUSION, CULTURAL COMPETENCE, AND EQUITY.
  • HAS A RECORD OF TAKING RISKS TO ADVANCE STUDENT SUCCESS.
  • HAS THE ABILITY TO CREATE TRANSFORMATIONAL CHANGE IN CULTURE AND PRACTICE.
  • HAS THE ABILITY TO LEAD THE CREATION OF A STRATEGIC VISION.
  • HAS THE ABILITY TO CREATE EXTERNAL PARTNERSHIPS.
  • HAS THE SKILLS TO RAISE AND EFFECTIVELY ALLOCATE RESOURCES.
  • WILL BE A LISTENER WHO BUILDS RESPECTFUL RELATIONSHIPS ON AND OFF CAMPUS.
  • HAS EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION SKILLS AND A DESIRE FOR COLLABORATION.
  • SEES THE IMPORTANCE OF ENGAGING FACULTY, STAFF, STUDENTS, AND COMMUNITY IN BUILDING A STUDENT SUCCESS AGENDA.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • A DOCTORATE FROM AN ACCREDITED UNIVERSITY WITH PREFERENCE FOR THE PhD.
  • EXTENSIVE SENIOR LEVEL LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE AT A COMMUNITY OR TECHNICAL COLLEGE.
  • EXPERIENCE AS A CHANGE AGENT WITH A PROVEN CAPACITY TO MOTIVATE AND INSPIRE OTHERS.

THE WORK

  • REVIEW/RENEW/REFINE THE STRATEGIC PLAN LEADING TO A COLLECTIVE VISION.
  • DESIGN/REDESIGN THE ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE, POLICIES, AND STAFFING TO ALIGN WITH THE STRATEGIC VISION.
  • INTEGRATE MULTIPLE INITIATIVES TO CREATE THE NEEDED HOLISTIC AGENDA FOR STUDENT SUCCESS.
  • CREATE OPPORTUNITIES FOR FIRST-GENERATION AND NON-TRADITIONAL STUDENTS.
  • PROMOTE PROMISING, HIGH IMPACT POLICIES AND PRACTICES FOR ACADEMIC AND NON-ACADEMIC SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS.
  • CREATE A CULTURE OF INQUIRY AND EVIDENCE LEADING TO DATA-INFORMED DECISION-MAKING.
  • FOCUS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR ALL TO SUPPORT THE STUDENT SUCCESS AGENDA.
  • ALIGN PLANNING AND BUDGETING WITH PRIORITIES FOR STUDENT SUCCESS.
  • STRENGTHEN PARTNERSHIPS WITH K-12.
  • LEAD THE OUTREACH TO BUSINESS, INDUSTRY, AND COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATIONS.
  • EMBRACE ACCREDITATION DEMANDS FOR EFFECTIVENESS AND CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT.

Screening of applications will begin on May 15, 2017. Applications will continue to be received until the position is filled. The process will be CONFIDENTIAL until the finalists are announced.

Applicants will complete a TSC ONLINE APPLICATION, attach a Vita/Résumé, a cover letter, a two-page letter to respond to the “Desirable Characteristics” displayed on the TSC website, and five (5) references.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 April 2017 13:01