Millikin University - Decatur, IL
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Millikin University invites nominations and expressions of interest for the leadership position of Vice President for Finance and Business Affairs.  Millikin is an independent four-year university located in Decatur, Illinois.

Reporting to the President, the Vice President for Finance and Business Affairs works closely and collaboratively with him, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Vice President for University Development, the Vice President for Enrollment, and faculty as well as serves as liaison to several committees of the Board of Trustees to continue to implement a first-rate, comprehensive, service-oriented financial and business operation, one that supports the University’s mission, strategic and academic plans. The Vice President provides leadership for planning and budgeting, capital and renewal projects, facilities and risk management, investments, information technology, business services and human resources.  Most importantly, she or he assures the fiscal integrity of the University to serve and advance its mission, and has the opportunity to be a significant contributor to the long-term success of the institution.

Ideally, the successful candidate should possess an advanced degree as well as demonstrate leadership and ten or more years of successful management experience in higher education, independent schools and/or not-for-profit and for-profit sectors where he or she can be a positive force for growth in the organization and build on the financial stability achieved in the last seven years.  It is essential that the Vice President have the qualities of character, unquestionable integrity, and values to resonate with Millikin’s mission and culture of collaboration and open communication.

Millikin University was founded in 1901 as one of the nation’s first small, comprehensive universities by James Millikin, a prominent Decatur businessman affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. More than a century later, the University offers undergraduate studies in Arts and Sciences, Business, Fine Arts, and Professional Studies, as well as graduate studies in Business Administration and Nursing.  Millikin currently supports an enrollment of approximately 2000 traditional-age undergraduate students, 350 adults in its undergraduate degree completion program and 50 graduate students.  Today, the University takes James Millikin’s founding vision a step further by embracing “performance learning,” a unique approach to higher education that allows students to perform their knowledge, building the confidence to succeed after graduation. The success of his vision is evidenced in the University’s comprehensive placement rates, with 99.5% of 2008 graduates gaining employment or entering a graduate/professional school within six months of graduation.  

Located in Decatur, a metropolitan area of 100,000 residents, Millikin University is just over 120 miles north of St. Louis, 180 miles south of Chicago and 150 miles west of Indianapolis. Decatur is near the Lincoln family’s first Illinois home and offers its residents a high quality of life and a sense of community.  

Consideration of nominees and candidates will begin March 5, 2010 and continue until the position is filled.  The Leadership Profile may be obtained at

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Millikin University has retained Archer Martin Associates as its executive search counsel. For a confidential conversation, please call 508-325-6161.

Millikin University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL