Our Lady of the Lake College, a Catholic institution with a strong health sciences focus in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, seeks a President with demonstrated leadership skills and a commitment to advance the mission of the College. Our Lady of the Lake College is a subsidiary of Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center (OLOLRMC) and is sponsored by the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady, North American Province. OLOLRMC is an academic medical center and serves as the primary clinical site for 17 residency programs including pediatrics, internal medicine, psychiatry, and emergency medicine. The College is an integral component of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System in Louisiana.
Founded in 1923 as a hospital-based diploma nursing school, the College now is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and has over 1,700 students and a fulltime faculty of 85. The transition continues, and the next president will preside over an institution moving to offer doctoral programs in select health-care disciplines by 2023. The College has recently completed a comprehensive strategic plan, an academic plan for the future, and a physical master plan for the campus. Current programs include 4 master’s degrees, 6 bachelor’s degrees, 5 associate degrees, and 2 certificate programs. Approximately 69% of students are enrolled in nursing programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, 24% in other health professions at the undergraduate and graduate levels, 5% in arts and sciences at the undergraduate level, and 2% in certificate programs. All degree programs are based on a general foundation in arts and sciences courses with additional emphasis on moral and ethical professional and personal behavior.
Our Lady of the Lake College is the only four-year private college in Baton Rouge. This location in the capital city of Louisiana, one hour west of New Orleans, offers distinct advantages. Baton Rouge’s urban environment (approaching 1M in the metropolitan area) provides faculty, staff, and students with theatre, music, dance, art, festivals, sports, and the region’s world-renowned Cajun cuisine. In September, Business Facilities magazine ranked Baton Rouge #1 in the U.S. for economic growth potential - citing the dynamic new riverfront development on the Mississippi River, a new cutting-edge IBM tech center, and the expectation that a minimum of $50 billion will be spent in the next 3-4 years as national and international firms expand current businesses and create new ones in the city and region.
The College’s mission, inspired by the vision of St. Francis of Assisi and the Roman Catholic Church, seeks to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ to God’s people, especially those in need. The mission further calls forth all who serve in the College’s healthcare ministry “to share their gifts and talents to create a spirit of healing – with reverence and love for all of life, with joyfulness of spirit, and with humility and justice for all those entrusted to our care.” The College “is committed to meeting the educational needs of the people of God.”
Consistent with the Catholic nature of Our Lady of the Lake College, it is desired that the successful candidate be Catholic, will have an appreciation for Catholic higher education, and will have a calling to the College’s mission. In addition, the successful candidate must have an earned terminal degree. Experience in higher education administration at a senior level or comparable experience with health care education is highly desirable.
The College is being assisted by Academic Search, Inc., and a complete search prospectus can be found at http://www.academic-search.com/data/files/ololcollegeinstitutionalprofile.pdf. Additional information, including a link to the presidential search website, can be found on the institution’s website at www.ololcollege.edu. Applications should include a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, and names of five professional references with full contact information including email addresses and telephone numbers. Nominations and applications can be submitted electronically in confidence at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ann Die Hasselmo (Ann.Hasselmo@academic-search.com), Maya Kirkhope (Maya.Kirkhope@academic-search.com), Senior Consultants, or Andrea Cowsert (Andrea.Cowsert@academic-search.com), Associate Consultant, may be contacted directly for more information regarding the search. Review of applicant materials will begin November 15, 2013, and the search is expected to conclude early in the spring semester.