William Woods is a thriving community with enduring values.

Our Mission - William Woods University promotes a student-centered learning environment valuing inclusion, creativity, and intellectual inquiry. Focused on professions-oriented education, we prepare learners for success.

We're looking for an accomplished leader who appreciates our community, celebrates our values, and will help us continue to evolve as an institution.


Institutional Profile

Campus Shot

William Woods University, an independent voice in higher education, is seeking a dynamic president to lead the next phase of its growth. Located in Central Missouri, midway between St. Louis and Kansas City, William Woods calls 225 beautiful acres in the small town of Fulton home.  Since its founding in 1870, William Woods has transformed from an orphan school for girls into a progressive University, offering bachelor’s, masters and doctoral degrees in both traditional and online settings.   William Woods’ 2,000+ students have an abundance of opportunities, including 26 degree plans, intercollegiate athletics, study abroad programs, Greek life, and more.   Sixty-three full-time faculty members work across five academic schools to provide education steeped in the University’s mission of a student-centered learning environment valuing inclusion, creativity, and intellectual inquiry. Focused on professions-oriented education, we prepare learners for success.

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Presidential Profile

Dr. Barnett

The Board of Trustees of William Woods University, located in Fulton, MO, invites nominations and applications for the appointment of the next President of the university. Dr. Jahnae H. Barnett, the longest serving president in the university’s history that dates to 1870, announced her intention to step down after more than 30 years as WWU president on March 2.

William Woods University is positioned to successfully serve its mission and constituency. The last two accreditation reviews with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) led to positive reports with no additional monitoring. In addition, the University has been proactive to secure itself financially for the future.

Presidential Qualities

The new president will be the public representative for the University, will raise the profile of the University, and will lead in planning for a secure future. The president will understand the value of higher education, especially the important role of private higher education. The president will work closely with a team to value all opinions and to make sound decisions. The University values collaboration, collegiality, and transparency and expects those values to be exhibited in the next president.

The president should also be able to:

  • Increase public recognition for the University as an important contributor to the city of Fulton, the State of Missouri, and the greater higher education community.
  • Lead in planning efforts to assure a positive future.
  • Lead successful fundraising efforts, secure relationships with donors, alumni, and community leaders.
  • Support admission efforts to successfully build enrollment in campus, graduate, and online programs.
  • Promote a diverse and inclusive environment for all constituents of the University.
  • Maintain a strong working relationship with the Board of Trustees.
  • Engage in student life to help create and maintain a vibrant community.
  • Prepare budgets that reflect the current reality and prepare a plan that recognizes those realities.
  • Partner with faculty and staff to promote the development of new traditional, graduate, and online programs.
  • Encourage creative solutions and flexibility in responding to University needs.

William Woods is accepting nominations for University President. If you have a qualified candidate in mind, please proceed to the nomination form via the link below.

Submit Your Nomination Today!

William Woods also is accepting direct applications for University President. If you feel you are a qualified candidate who is right for the position, we invite you to proceed to the application form via the link below.

Submit Your Application Today!