Presidential Prospectus


Beloit College is known for its innovative liberal arts programs that meet the needs of the moment. Our students are curious, courageous, and entrepreneurial, and here, they learn to lead, to succeed, and to build a future that works for everyone. The search begins for our next transformative leader.

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Who we are

There’s a huge difference between getting an education and being so immersed, so transformed, so enthralled with living and learning here that your education never really stops. That’s Beloit College.

The Beloit College Powerhouse at sunset.

Beloit earns its designation as a college that changes lives. Just over 1,000 students from nearly every U.S. state and 42 countries converge to experiment, learn, live, practice, and collaborate, spurred on through their relationships with one another and a creative and committed faculty, staff, and alumni community.

Beloit’s focus on graduating resourceful students ready to bring multiple perspectives to solve problems in a complex world has deep roots. Starting with the Beloit Plan in the early 1960s and evolving into the Career Channels program and Impact Beloit, the college has an impressive legacy of deepening and strengthening learning through experience. Faculty advisors revel in their instrumental roles in students’ lives, tailoring their support and advice to them as individuals.

Beloit is known for its tight-knit residential community and its residents’ sense of belonging, an atmosphere where students build confidence as they begin their transformations. The campus is an inspiring proving ground where athletes, academics, and principled non-conformists celebrate creativity and unconventional thinking, and where the devotion to a quirky pseudo mascot (a turtle) speaks volumes about Beloit’s daring to be different.

Professors and students work together in class to best help each other learn. From the time the college opened its doors in 1846, before Wisconsin even became a state, Beloit’s future was intertwined with its eponymous city. The founders, who came west from Yale to the Midwestern frontier, collaborated with Beloit residents who supported a college in their burgeoning village. Today, the mutual partnerships between city and college have never been stronger, and the city’s remarkable renaissance complements the college.

In 2020, when a global pandemic presented a challenge like no other, Beloit administrators and student leaders drew strength from the college’s pioneering spirit and found ways to navigate through extraordinary difficulties. In response to the pandemic, the college launched the Beloit Action Plan, a five-part promise to current and prospective students. Meanwhile, student leaders stepped up with a Statement of Culture in which they owned the well-being of their campus community.

An ambitious five-year strategic plan unfolds at Beloit now through 2027, charting the college’s future. Against headwinds and uncertainty in higher education, especially liberal arts colleges, Beloit is differentiating itself in the marketplace for empowering students to be ready for careers through mentoring by talented faculty and staff who integrate their work through the entire student experience.

At a glance

#11

First-Year Experience — U.S. News 2023

#18

Best Liberal Arts College — Money 2022

#23

Best Liberal Arts College — Washington Monthly 2022

10:1

Student-to-faculty ratio

#33

Best Campus Diversity — U.S. News 2023

#30

Best Value Schools — U.S. News 2023


Vision & values


Bits & Pieces


Spaces & Places

Built in part by families who arrived here during America’s Great Migration, Beloit College is in southern Wisconsin, 96 miles from Chicago, and an hour in different directions from Madison and Milwaukee.


Alumni who make Beloit College proud

The achievements and character of Beloit’s alumni are the college’s ultimate measure of success. Beloit’s alumni community has thousands of inspiring stories to tell. These are a select few.


Impact Beloit

Through Impact Beloit, students will build practical professional skills to increase their career readiness and discover career pathways tied to their professional passions. As a result of Impact Beloit, more students will get internships during college and secure good jobs after graduation.

The Col. Robert Morse Library is being renovated and will house Impact Beloit and the college's c... The Col. Robert Morse Library is being renovated and will house Impact Beloit and the college's career readiness and career pathways programs.

Impact Beloit accelerates our signature core capabilities by redeveloping existing strengths and building new pathways to increase the number of students having high quality internships. Specific tactics include:

  • Expanding the community partnership model where students intern in the community (Duffy Partnerships)
  • Developing co-op or fellowship models
  • Building high-quality on-campus internship experiences in campus offices
  • Providing strong mentorship for students to find their own off-campus internships

The college’s Executives in Residence Program also will expand, as the college pilots alternative models of length and responsibility, and recruits executives who work in the arts, humanities, and nonprofit management in addition to business.

Impact Beloit launches skills-building instruction through Certificates and Credentials. Such programs are a logical extension of the college’s emphasis on career-readiness. While meeting market demands of both students and employers, these programs also will allow students to take on more robust internships (and get more out of them), open up more job opportunities, and hit the ground running on their first job. Introducing a C&C program will give students the best of both the liberal arts and experiential learning and vocational skills.


Ideal candidates & qualifications

Beloit College’s key differentiator among liberal arts colleges is a personalized, student-centric approach, rooted in deep student-faculty and student-staff relationships that leave a lasting imprint. With an emphasis on learning by doing, Beloit graduates are well-prepared and passionate about their futures, connected to the college and each other for a lifetime.

Qualifications

Beloit students walk together from class to class after the first snow. The college’s next leader will use exceptional communications and fundraising skills to inspire broad community participation to meet the college’s priority of long-term financial strength.

It is preferred that candidates hold a terminal degree and have a demonstrated record of excellence in the following areas:

Innovating Today and Tomorrow

The Buccaneer football team runs out on the field during a homecoming game. Building on Beloit’s tradition of innovation and collaboration, the college’s future depends on harnessing the community’s passion for the best ideas.

The president will be a wise steward of the college’s resources and develop an enhanced business model that increases traditional revenue sources (enrollment, tuition, fundraising, and endowment growth) in conjunction with inventive new practices for financial stability.

Key leadership priorities include the following:

The Administrative Role of Beloit’s Next President

Beloiters sit in the beauty of Beloit College's campus in autumn. In the midst of a national debate about the importance of a liberal arts education, Beloit College’s 12th president assumes the leadership mantle at a pivotal point in the country and the institution’s 177-year history.

The president reports to the Board of Trustees, while leading, managing, and inspiring a wide community of stakeholders. The president will manage an experienced senior leadership team and collaborate with a dedicated faculty and staff who care deeply about Beloit students and the college’s future.

The senior staff reporting to the president includes the following positions:

  • Provost and Dean of the College
  • Vice President for Enrollment Management
  • Vice President for Human Resources and Operations
  • Vice President for Finance and Planning/Treasurer
  • Vice President for Advancement
  • Chief of Staff and Secretary of the College
  • Senior Director of Strategic Research and Initiatives

Contact

A view from the rooftop of the Sanger Center for the Sciences shows a park-like Beloit College ca... Nominations, inquires, and expressions of interest should be sent to beloit@russellreynolds.com.

Because equity and inclusion are central to our students’ liberal education and vital to the thriving of all members of our residential learning community, Beloit College aspires to be an actively anti-racist institution. We recognize our aspiration as ongoing and institution-wide, involving collective commitment and accountability. We welcome employees who are committed to and will actively contribute to our efforts to celebrate our cultural and intellectual richness and be resolute in advancing inclusion and equity. We encourage all interested individuals meeting the criteria of the described position to apply.

Beloit College seeks to accommodate all people with varying abilities. If you receive a request for an interview and require auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations for the interview, please communicate that to search representatives at beloit@russellreynolds.com.

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