Salem Academy and College
Salem Academy and College, located in Winston-Salem, NC, seeks an innovative, strategic, bold, and transformative leader who, in conjunction with the Board of Trustees, will lead Salem in our third century of educating girls and women to be global leaders. In May 2020, Salem College announced its new focus will be on health leadership with the implementation of programs to begin in the 2021-22 academic year.
Salem Academy and College (Salem) began as a school for young girls in 1772 and it is the oldest school for both girls and women in the United States. Today the Academy and College share a 64-acre campus at its original location in the heart of Old Salem, part of the city of Winston-Salem. During its long history, the institution has developed into Salem Academy, a college preparatory school for girls in grades 9 through 12; Salem College, a liberal arts school for women; and the Fleer Center for Adult Education, as well as a graduate program, open to men and women.
Salem College is a private, residential, four-year liberal arts college for women offering four undergraduate degrees: B.A., B.S., B.M., and B.S.B.A.; three graduate degrees: M.A.T., Master of Music, & M.Ed.; and two certificate programs. Total enrollment of approximately 600 includes traditional college students (all women); adults enrolled in graduate degree programs; and women and men, ages 23 and older, enrolled through the Fleer Center for Adult Education. Women comprise over 70% of the professors, 90% of the faculty have a PhD or terminal degree, the student to faculty ratio is 16:1, and the student body is racially and ethnically diverse. Salem competes in NCAA Division III as a member of the USA South Athletic Conference and sponsors six intercollegiate varsity and club level sports.
Salem Academy offers a rigorous college preparatory education in a family atmosphere for approximately 70 ambitious high school girls. Approximately 54% are boarding students and students come from six countries. The Academy has a student to faculty ratio of 7:1, and 86% of the Academy teachers hold graduate degrees. The student body is racially and ethnically diverse. Academy graduates go on to attend prestigious colleges and universities, with a 100% college acceptance rate and $6.5 million in scholarships awarded to seniors in 2020.
The College’s new health leadership focus, as outlined by the Board, “will develop women who profoundly improve the health trajectory of our world. Salem College health leaders will modernize laws and policies, revolutionize research, and practice and transform clinical care in ways that improve health for everyone. Our women will not rest until gender equality, and health equity is the norm, not the exception. At Salem College, better health and everyday wellness is the lens through which women will learn, and the lens through which health policy, health law, bioethics, health advocacy, pre-medicine, health administration, epidemiology, and other health-related fields will foster innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit in an ecosystem approach to learning. Every Salem graduate will be ready to lead change by drawing on a comprehensive, fully integrated program of academics, intentional leadership development, international engagement, experiential learning, and life-long friendships with fellow women leaders who share a passion to create a healthier world.” The distinctive and forward-looking focus at Salem heightens interest in candidates who would bring relevant experience in one or more dimensions of health leadership. Non-traditional, hybrid, and traditional candidates are encouraged to explore this leadership opportunity.
The President will lead Salem in its third century of educating girls and women who are compassionate, creative, and innovative thinkers who lead change with integrity and are prepared with the knowledge, skills, and experience to effect change. With the College’s new focus on health leadership, and an emerging strategy for the Academy, Salem is poised to raise significant resources to realize this vision for its 250th anniversary and well into the future.
To make a nomination, request additional information, or to apply for this position (by submitting a cover letter and vita), please use the email address below and we will contact you appropriately.
Jim Sirianni, Partner
Ruth Shoemaker Wood, Partner
Julie Williams-Krishnan, Senior Associate
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Salem Academy and College is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, age, religion, disability status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, pregnancy, or any other characteristic protected by law.