The Search for the 16th President

Austin CollegeAustin College, a tier-one national liberal arts college, will seek nominations and applications for its 16th president beginning January 2017.  The search commences as Dr. Marjorie Hass, serving in her eighth year as president, was recruited and selected by Rhodes College to serve as their 20th president beginning July 1, 2017. She continues her term as president of Austin College this spring, leading a dynamic and highly regarded institution offering a transformative education known for its legendary teaching.

Founded in 1849 by Presbyterian pioneers in education, Austin College is now the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original charter and name. The vibrant Austin College community includes 1,250 full-time students and a faculty recently ranked 14th in the nation in academic excellence by The Princeton Review. The College nurtures a culture of academic excellence and a commitment to educational access for talented students regardless of financial background. Its residential 85-acre campus is located in Sherman, Texas, approximately one-hour north of downtown Dallas. The footprint of the campus has been recently enhanced by the construction of high-end attractive residential housing along two bordering avenues and the construction of the IDEA Center, a 100,000 square-foot LEED® Gold certified science complex housing the largest research-grade telescope in the region.

Named among the top 10 “Best Colleges in Texas” by USA Today (2015) and Princeton Review’s greenest colleges in the U.S. and Canada, Austin College is deeply tied to its region as expressed in its commitment to global vision and local engagement. The campus is a welcoming community that embraces diversity and individuality, with more than 40 percent of students representing ethnic minorities. The College is one of a small number of institutions featured in Colleges That Change Lives by Loren Pope.