Position Info


The Colorado School of Mines seeks a highly visible, entrepreneurial president with a compelling vision for educating the next generation of engineers and scientists, someone who understands both academia and industry, and has successful management and leadership experience, and an understanding of the challenges facing public universities.

The next president will inherit an institution that has benefited from strong leadership, solid financial health, successful fundraising, significant growth and momentum, and a recently finalized 10-year strategic plan that continues our long-standing commitment to transforming the lives of our students and people around the world through fulfillment of our earth, energy, and environment-focused mission.

The next president will have a high degree of personal integrity and energy, the expertise to maintain Mines’ core areas of strength, and the drive to strengthen those disciplines for which Mines has not historically been well-known and enhance the global stature of this engineering and science public university as a world-class research institution. The new president will bring ideas and commitment that will energize and resonate both on and off campus with students, faculty, staff, alumni donors, and community leaders. The next president of Mines should hold a distinguished record of executive and academic accomplishment reflecting:

  • Extensive senior executive administrative experience and skills with a proven record of sound fiscal, organizational, and management practices
  • Ability to build and maintain strategic relationships with industry, alumni, and community leaders
  • Ability to identify and lead new and creative funding models and marshal and optimize resources in a changing global economy and public higher education environment
  • Experience in successfully leading the implementation of a strategic plan in a complex organization
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Proven success in fundraising; the capacity to represent the university to donors and to lead a substantial ongoing development campaign
  • Ability to serve as the university’s principal spokesperson with well-developed political and diplomatic skills; adept at representing the institution’s missions and goals regionally, nationally and internationally
  • An understanding of the importance of the graduate and undergraduate student experience and issues facing higher education
  • Ability to foster and grow the research enterprise and the infrastructure to support it, ensuring its quality and competitiveness
  • Ability to recruit high quality talent and a record of building, empowering and mentoring a strong, skilled and collaborative leadership team

Qualifications and Personal Characteristics:

  • A strategic, visionary and transformative thinker with a global perspective about higher education, its roles in society, and how to foster access, affordability, and excellence in education, including leveraging innovative techniques to promote effective learning and preparing students for success in all aspects of life
  • An earned PhD in engineering or science preferred
  • Personal integrity, transparency, resilience, and perseverance plus a sense of humor
  • Passion and intellectual energy to be involved in all aspects of university life


The Colorado School of Mines is a public research university offering bachelors, masters, and doctorate degrees designed to address today’s earth, energy, and environmental challenges.

In 1874, the Legislative Assembly of the Territory of Colorado passed the bill that would establish the School of Mines as a public institution.  That was fifteen years after gold had been discovered in Colorado, and a time when mining and highly skilled and educated engineers and scientists were vital to the West’s economy.  By statute Mines remains “a unique mission in energy, mineral, and materials science and engineering and associated engineering and science fields” (C.R.S. 23-41-105), and over the last 140 years Mines has grown into a research university known worldwide for the quality of its programs and graduates.

Mines has the highest admissions standards of any public university in Colorado and among the highest of any public university in the nation. The Mines curriculum is broad and rigorous with an emphasis on hands-on experiences and collaborative approaches to problem solving. Three colleges convey Mines’ areas of education and research designed to address global critical needs: the College of Earth Resource Sciences and Engineering, the College of Applied Science and Engineering, and the College of Engineering and Computational Sciences.

Mines has seen a 60% increase in total student enrollment over the last 10 years, with Fall 2014 breaking the record at 5,795 students (including 1,290 graduate and 122 non-degree students). This growth has led to significant investment in people and infrastructure, with Mines seeing a 36% increase in faculty hiring in the past three years, along with $230 million in construction during that time. The ability to grow is due in large part to three consecutive years of record-breaking fundraising, with the Transforming Lives campaign at 70% ($244 million) of the $350 million goal.

Mines is located at the base of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains and along Clear Creek in Golden, Colorado, just 70 miles east of world-class ski resorts, gushing whitewater rivers, and stunning hiking and mountain biking trails. Golden is 15 miles west of the capital city of Denver, one of the fastest-growing metropolitan populations in the country, with acclaimed art museums, a vast performing arts complex, and eight professional sports teams.


The search goal is to name a new president prior to commencement on May 8, 2015. While the search committee and the board will work hard over the next several months to meet that target, the primary goal is to select the right candidate who demonstrates the necessary leadership skills, experience and vision to help Colorado School of Mines fulfill its ambitious aspirations.

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