President at Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago, IL

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The Board of Trustees and the Presidential Search Committee invite applications for the position of president of Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago, Illinois. Meadville Lombard is an academically rigorous, spiritually grounded and unapologetically progressive theological schoolOur mission is to educate students in the Unitarian Universalist tradition to embody liberal religious ministry in Unitarian Universalist congregations and wherever else they are called to serve. We do this to take into the world our Unitarian Universalist vision of justice, equity, and compassion. 


Meadville Lombard is a healthy and energy-filled learning community which educates more ministers for Unitarian Universalism than any other seminary. Our faculty has pioneered an imaginative curriculum because we believe that these are both serious and hopeful times, requiring innovation and deep faith. Our curriculum fulfills our commitment to help each student become a leader who inspires others to service; who carries the truth that cultural, religious, national and racial differences are enhancements to human liberation; who provides a vision for innovative community life and who has the know-how to creatively lead others in the ways of justice. The school’s new facilities, innovative model of formation, deepening international engagement and financial progress position Meadville Lombard to thrive in the years ahead.  


The qualities we value in our next president include, among others, spiritual grounding and moral authority, a capacity to tell the story of Meadville Lombard, a vocational orientation to ministry and religious leadership in their various forms, a commitment to the work of social and racial justice and to dismantling white supremacy culture, self-awareness and resilience, academic rigor, compassion, technological savvy, personal humility, a spirit of collaboration, and capacity to achieve the goals of Meadville Lombard and to lead us into the futureIn addition, we seek a leader with ministerial experience (of any form), administrative and managerial expertise, social engagement and interfaith experience, and demonstrated record of fundraising and development. Requirements include a Master’s degree or equivalent and Unitarian Universalist identity. 


While the president will be expected to live in Chicago, extensive travel will be expected. Our next president will assume office at the beginning of academic year 2019-20. Salary and benefits will be commensurate with experience and consistent with compensation at similar-sized theological schools. 


Follow this link for the full presidential profile.


Candidates are asked to submit electronically, in PDF format: 

  • A letter of interest that directly addresses the presidential agenda and qualities/characteristics outlined in the profile above.  
  • A resume or curriculum vita. 
  • The names, positions, email addresses and telephone numbers of five references. References will not be contacted without securing the permission of the candidate. 

All application materials should be submitted to:


For full consideration, completed applications should be received by January 31, 2019.

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