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More than a century-and-a-half after its beginning, Carson-Newman University continues to embrace the ideal of its founders that academic excellence is best pursued in the context of Christian principles. Carson-Newman remains true to its Baptist heritage as an institution affiliated with the Tennessee Baptist Convention, while serving students with diverse cultural and religious backgrounds from around the world.

Under the leadership of the President, dedicated faculty and staff encourage students to cultivate intellectual inquiry and spiritual maturity. A climate of trust, mutual respect, and compassionate service to others bolsters Carson-Newman’s commitment to academic integrity and the responsibility inherent in educating future servant-leaders.

The next president of Carson-Newman University will be a visionary leader and excellent communicator who will guide the institution in its quest to be the private, Christian University of choice for students in the Southeast. The President will lead under a comprehensive institutional vision, and will possess the skill to communicate that vision effectively to a broad range of constituents.

The President should possess the ingenuity to build on Carson-Newman’s most recent successes while forging new paths that intersect with the evolving landscape of higher education. To that end, candidates for the position should have significant strategic planning experience and inclusive leadership capabilities. Carson-Newman’s next leader will be a person of inspiration, imagination, and passion who displays exceptional interpersonal skills that complement a dynamic leadership style that enhances the academic and spiritual profile of the institution.

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Presidential Search Update – Feb. 2019

The Presidential Search Committee chair and other committee members held multiple meetings with stakeholders (faculty, staff, pastors, churches and C-N Trustees) during the fall of 2019 regarding the search.


  • The Committee announced the completion of its fifth meeting. Over 100 nominations or applications have been received for the position and are being carefully reviewed. Nominations continue to be received and are being processed.  The Committee is excited about the quality and depth of our applicant pool.
  • The Committee is pleased with the progression of our search and is committed to the due diligence of vetting our candidates so that we may find the best candidate to become Carson Newman’s 23rd President. We have utilized secure technology in our process so that our review process can be ongoing.  The University's Presidential Search webpage is proving to be an excellent place to send comments, make a nomination, or learn more about the search and we encourage our stakeholders to utilize this tool.
  • The Committee reports that as the field of candidates narrow, interviews will be conducted in April and May. The intent is to present a nominee for the presidency to the Board of Trustees in the summer. The Committee's goal is to name the 23rd president of Carson-Newman prior to fall semester, 2019. Presidential searches are dynamic in nature and don’t often adhere to a set schedule.  The Committee is committed to do its work in an expeditious, yet comprehensive manner.  
February 22nd 2019

Presidential Search Update - Oct. 2018

  • Harry Brooks, Chairman of The Board of Trustees, announced the members of the Presidential Search Committee to the Carson-Newman community and various media outlets in mid-August 2018.
  • The Presidential Search committee met in early September to develop guidelines and a framework for the search process. Each member of the committee signed an agreement of confidentiality and responsibility ensuring the privacy of candidates and the integrity of the process.
  • At the October meeting the committee devoted significant time to the development and functionality of the Presidential Search Website which will launch in late October. The Chair shared reports of various meetings and listening sessions with constituent groups.
October 2nd 2018
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