Presidential Search Underway

After seven years of dutiful Christian service to Multnomah University, in April of 2021, President Craig Williford announced his plans to retire by June 30, 2022. The Board of Trustees quickly responded by forming a Presidential Search Committee composed of alumni, business leaders, faculty, staff, and trustees to ensure a strong candidate would be found.

From June to August of 2021, the committee collected feedback from the entire MU community, past, and present, to form a detailed opportunity profile that captured the individual God has in mind to lead Multnomah into its next era of great Christian higher education. During this time, the committee also interviewed search firms and ultimately partnered with CarterBaldwin Executive Search. Throughout this period, the committee has requested the continued prayer of the Multnomah community for God’s guiding hand over the search process.

A detailed opportunity profile was released to the public in August of 2021 and the hunt for Multnomah’s sixth president officially began. The opportunity profile includes the mission entrusted by God to Multnomah, an overview of the university and its values, and the outline of the president MU is looking for. To abbreviate, Multnomah is searching for a spiritually-minded leader who has experienced and mature vision, business acumen, collaboration and communication skills, humility, social awareness, and a capable understanding of the internal and external environmental factors that impact higher education. Above all, the next leader of Multnomah must possess a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and display an unwavering commitment to the university’s mission and values.

On the Multnomah Presidential Search webpage, you can find the opportunity profile, a search process timeline, and updates on the committee’s progress. Instructions on how to apply or nominate a candidate are at the end of the profile. Applications will be accepted until a new president is appointed. We have requested that you please pray that God will give the committee, our partners at CarterBaldwin, and the candidates wisdom and clear direction throughout the search process.