Dominican University invites inquiries, nominations and applications for the position of University President

The Presidential Search Committee of Dominican University (River Forest, IL), one of the nation’s most distinct Dominican Catholic institutions, invites applications, expressions of interest, and nominations of candidates in its search for the University’s next President. The search was launched in response to President Donna Carroll’s decision to retire in June 2021, following her celebrated and extraordinary 27-year tenure. In her successor, Dominican seeks a caring, community-oriented leader with great vision, an unshakeable commitment to social justice, and passion to ensure that Dominican University continues to realize its mission of preparing students to pursue truth, to give compassionate service, and to participate in the creation of a more just and humane world.

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The Process of Candidacy

The Dominican University Presidential Search Committee will begin to evaluate applications immediately. Candidates should submit materials no later than February 3, 2021 to ensure fullest consideration. The new president is expected to begin work on July 1, 2021.

Applications should include a letter of candidacy that responds to the agenda for leadership and the desired attributes for a new president and a complete résumé or vita. All application materials will be considered in full confidence and should be submitted electronically to

Julie E. Tea, Partner; Jim Sirianni, Partner; and Julie Williams-Krishnan, Senior Associate at Storbeck Search have partnered with Dominican University on this search. Nominators and prospective candidates are encouraged to contact them at to arrange confidential conversations.

Dominican University is an equal opportunity employer and is dedicated to the goal of building a faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We seek a diverse pool of applicants who bring varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.


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