Black River Technical College transforms lives through quality academic and career education to enhance the community we serve.
……………………………………….~Black River Technical College mission
The president is the college’s chief executive officer and reports directly to a seven-member Board of Trustees. The president operates in accord with all policies adopted by the board, implementing those policies through established procedures and best practices.
The CEO of this college is responsible for the overall operation and management of Black River Technical College by initiating and directing the work necessary to fulfill the college’s mission. The college will thus look to its new president to be a strong leader in Strategic Planning, with inclusion of internal and external stakeholders. BRTC’s new president will also be its leader in ensuring the college fully complies with accreditation standards set by the HLC. The next leader at Black River Technical College will find an exciting opportunity to positively impact the lives of many and to shape the institution’s future as it serves the community.
The college thus seeks a president who
- Has understanding and experience in accreditation processes, particularly with best practices in the continuous assessment of student learning;
- Is capable and committed to leading a college that values workforce development and learning opportunities for employment as well as serving as a foundation for transfer students;
- Understands the critical role of community partnerships;
- Embraces the uniqueness of BRTC, its communities and constituencies, its challenges and its opportunities, seeking always to develop relationships that position the college to meet and surmount all obstacles;
- Works closely with other educational entities, secondary and postsecondary, to ensure students at all levels are able to progress with ease and efficiency as they pursue their goals;
- Respects and values the unique opportunities of this rural institution in a growing region to provide life-altering options to an increasingly diverse public;
- Models excellence in job performance and inspires others to do so as well.
BRTC has emerged from past challenges with enhanced institutional self-awareness and is poised to pursue and implement exciting opportunities. The next president of this institution will bring to this stage of its history strong and capable leadership abilities that produce innovative policies and practices to maximize these and other assets that characterize BRTC:
- Caring, committed, highly-skilled and credentialed faculty and staff;
- Top caliber/high profile marketable programs of study;
- A faculty/student ratio of 13:1;
- Growth potential of programs of study, students, and financial resources;
- Highly supportive community, proven in times of crisis;
- Agility in response to opportunities and challenges;
- A technologically sophisticated student operating system;
- Dual locations and a robust online presence;
- Strong relationships with other two-year colleges, four-year institutions, and public schools;
- A sense of identity based upon a history of successful educational leadership and service;
- Competitive salary and benefits package.
The next president of BRTC will find an institution characterized by unlimited possibilities for its CEO’s personal and professional growth. The position is one where the new president will have opportunity to
- Utilize transformational leadership skills in fulfillment of the college’s strategic goals and in guiding the development of a new vision for BRTC;
- View change judiciously as a process to make things better rather than as a goal to make things different;
- Nurture a campus climate of respect and trust, a place where creativity, innovation, and the free exchange of ideas are emphasized and valued;
- Be visibly and integrally engaged in promoting and enhancing the four-county area BRTC serves;
- Lead the college and the community in a spirit of commitment to inclusion;
- Give focus and direction to the importance and the promise of a growing student diversity;
- Work with and enjoy the support of a dynamic BRTC Foundation and to play a key role in fundraising efforts.
BRTC’s next president will assume duties at a critical time in the institution’s history. This institution’s enrollment pattern reflects a general nationwide and statewide downturn in college attendance. Enrollment concerns and resultant funding levels figure centrally in many of the challenges the new president will help BRTC to confront, including these:
- Community colleges in Arkansas with declining enrollments are disadvantaged by the state’s new funding formula based on productivity indicators as well as by declining tuition revenue.
- The CEO will confront the task of balancing the college’s budgetary constraints with genuine needs and requests from the business and industry sector. These decisions require a delicate discernment concerning priorities, opportunities for growth, and fiscal possiblity.
- BRTC has worked to keep its facilities updated and build new structures when possible, but recognizes that building issues are an obstacle in efforts to expand existing in-demand programs and in the development and implementation of new high-tech programs of study.
- In spite of its origin as a strong leader in vocational-technical education, the institution has identified an imperative for enhanced public awareness of the needs and opportunities that exist for those who earn technical training credentials. Additionally, BRTC would be strengthened with overall greater awareness of the college, particularly in Paragould.
- Having twice experienced catastrophic flooding of many of its facilities, flood mitigation will be a priority for the new CEO.
Black River Technical College seeks in its next leader a president whose personal and professional life reflects honesty and integrity and who leads by positive example. The new president will be one who respects and welcomes others’ ideas, including divergent viewpoints, and one who is an advocate of shared leadership/governance. As a visible and enthusiastic champion for BRTC, the new president should also be
- An open-minded, approachable team player and problem-solver;
- Able to listen and communicate effectively in ways that inform, inspire, and motivate, fostering strong relations with faculty, staff, students, and the community so that all partners are informed about and engaged in the work of the college;
- Able to thoughtfully and competently supervise staff;
- A confident leader with strong self-awareness;
- Technologically skilled;
- Skilled in working with industry leaders, state, and county commerce officials, and local economic development groups to promote new and expanding industry initiatives;
- Experienced and skilled at securing public and private funds that are aligned with the college’s strategic goals;
- Committed to community leadership and civic engagement;
- Skilled at forming relationships with political leaders at local, state, and federal levels;
- Committed to leading BRTC in collaborative efforts with other institutions of higher education.
The Board of Trusteees seeks an individual with the following minimum qualifications.
- An earned doctorate from a regionally accredited institution is highly preferred. In lieu of a doctorate, candidates should have a proven record of executive leadership in higher education, public or private, with accompanying credentials and experiences which have relevance to the role;
- Higher education leadership experience, preferably at a two-year college, with a proven track record in management, finance, budgeting, assessment, and accreditation;
- Significant executive skills with relevant knowledge and experience in leading and managing complex organizations, educational policy, creating and sustaining education and workforce development programs, shared governance, and fiscal management.