Position Description and Criteria for Selection


Position Description and Criteria for Selection


The President of Connors State College is the chief academic and administrative executive for the institution and sets the intellectual climate for the campus.  The President should be a visionary leader capable of further developing a comprehensive strategic plan to lead CSC into the future.  Faculty, students, and community look to the President for leadership in fostering academic excellence and freedom of inquiry.  It is, therefore, the responsibility of the President to positively challenge faculty, students, and community to bring out their best and use their creativity to deal innovatively with changing educational needs.  The President is to be a leader in transforming the lives of students.  The President

  • is selected by and reports directly to the Board of Regents for the Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical Colleges and serves at its discretion;
  • is responsible for the leadership and long-term planning of the College and its institutional mission and goals;
  • conducts College business in accordance with Board policies and Oklahoma State Statutes;
  • maintains effective communications with the Board of Regents and its Chief Executive Officer;
  • cooperates effectively with the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education in a manner consistent with the policies of the Board of Regents; and
  • is the administrator of the College’s resources, which include, but are not limited to, its finances, physical plant, programs, services, students, faculty, and staff.


Connors State College was established in 1908 in the rural community of Warner, located at the junction of Highway 64 and Interstate I-40 in eastern Oklahoma.  Connors also maintains a branch location in Muskogee, a medium-sized port city and regional market center on the McClellan?Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System, approximately 18 miles northwest of Warner.  Additionally, the College operates a 1,316 acre ranch near the Warner Campus which is the home to the CSC shooting sports complex and provides a unique learning environment as a laboratory for students.

Connors is a multi-campus, regionally accredited, two-year, lower-division institution offering associate, associate of applied science, and certificate degree programs.  Enrollment for the fall 2016 semester was a headcount of 2,353 students with a diverse population of over 40 percent minority (with Native Americans comprising approximately 34 percent of the student population).


CSC seeks a President who is:

a person of intellect, accomplishment, insight, and judgment who

  • preferably has an earned doctorate/terminal degree from an accredited institution, or has significant recognition, prestige, and credibility for intellectual achievement in his/her profession;
  • demonstrates a strong commitment to academic excellence, understands and will nurture an academic environment that fosters creativity and scholarship; and
  • will promote excellence in all programs, such as student support services and activities, and who will encourage the recruitment and retention of outstanding talent from the community, state, and nation.


a dynamic, articulate, and influential advocate who

  • communicates ideas in a clear and effective manner;
  • conveys persuasively a vision of teaching and service that inspires and motivates others to service and leadership;
  • has the social and political insight to build confidence and trust with higher education, elected officials, alumni, and the people and cultures of Oklahoma, the nation, and the world;
  • can effectively advocate for CSC, its programs, and its employees on the local, state and national level;
  • can work in partnership with the Connors Development Foundation and the Connors State College Alumni and Friends Association to lead an effective comprehensive campaign;
  • has commitment and leadership ability to foster a team approach between the Connors Development Foundation, campus personnel, students and organizations so that all are working together for a better Connors;
  • has experience in fundraising from private and public sectors and working with and through other foundations and/or 501(C)(3) agencies to attract the public and private resources needed to carry out its mission with high effectiveness; and
  • is committed to promoting CSC as an agent of change and to transforming the lives of students.


a proven leader who

  • has administrative experience in the senior-level management of a two-year or community college, preferably in a multi-campus/site environment;
  • has expertise and demonstrated leadership in academic excellence, assessment, technology, institutional transfer, technical and global education;
  • has demonstrated fiscal responsibility and a strong working knowledge of fiscal management with budgets similar in size to that of Connors State College;
  • is experienced and effective in planning, setting priorities, and accomplishing goals, as well as communicating a clear vision of the mission and goals of the College;
  • is committed to the principles and practices of diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity at all levels;
  • supports and pursues opportunities for self and for Connors’ employees to engage in personal and professional development as a means of bettering one’s self, the College, the community and the global society;
  • is a transparent and collaborative leader with the ability to lead and manage through a process of delegation and team building;
  • supports processes essential to effective decision making in higher education;
  • models a healthy balance of family, career, community engagement and personal pursuits;
  • understands the increasing role of technology in higher education;
  • preferably has some background or working knowledge of agricultural practices and farm/ranch management;
  • has experience and expertise in economic development and meeting community educational/job training needs; and
  • has demonstrated ability to align and execute academic and business activities consistent with the community, CSC, and the State of Oklahoma.


an effective communicator with superb interpersonal skills, exemplary integrity, and enthusiasm who

  • manifests sound ethical principles and practices and earns trust and respect;
  • can work effectively with students, faculty, staff, regents, alumni, the Connors Development Foundation, business and community leaders, citizens, and elected officials;
  • displays a willingness to learn; possesses high energy, a positive attitude, emotional strength, and enthusiasm for service; and
  • has a history of demonstrated ethical and professional behavior.

The Position Description and Criteria for Selection for the President, Connors State College is available in PDF form.