Butler Community College Presidential Search | Butler Community College

Butler Community College Presidential Search


Butler Community College | El Dorado, KS

Butler Community College’s next President will serve as the institution’s sixth president and have an opportunity to build upon the foundation of 97 years of visionary leadership, educational excellence, and robust community and donor partnerships. Butler is known for a deeply embedded focus on student support and success, innovative teaching and learning, and an outstanding history of athletic, fine arts, and student organization accomplishments. Butler is recognized as the second largest community college in Kansas and as a leader among Kansas higher education institutions.

Serving southcentral Kansas, including the Wichita-metro area, Butler supports the educational goals of more than 9,800 students through more than 100 degree and certificate programs. Butler’s Nursing program is highly competitive and recognized across the region for outstanding graduates. The College is designated a “National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education” by the National Security Agency and since 2018 has saved students more than $2.2 M using OER’s in the English courses alone. Butler has a 49-year partnership with McConnell Air Force Base and a 21-year partnership with Emporia State University offering bachelors degrees in Education on Butler’s campuses. Butler is Wichita State University’s #1 transfer institution and will receive nearly $1 M in foundation scholarships alone this academic year. Butler is the largest employer in the county with a total direct economic impact in the county of over $49 M and a more than $754 M economic impact in its 10-county primary market in south central Kansas.

Qualifications and Experience

The Board of Trustees seeks a proven community college leader to advance Butler, who will be innovative and committed to fulfilling Butler’s mission and achievement of its strategic goals, and who will enhance the College’s progress through outstanding instruction, and strong community and business partnerships. The next President must be committed to student success and actively engaged in relationship and partnership development both internally and externally. Butler seeks a higher education leader who possesses strong personal and professional characteristics consistent with the community college mission and Butler’s “Timeless Institutional Values” of quality, integrity, service and caring. The next President should demonstrate and include, but not be limited to, the following qualifications and strengths:

  • Earned Doctorate from a regionally accredited institution
  • Five years of successful community college experience at the higher education administration level - preferred, with significant decision-making responsibilities
  • Distinguished record of teaching and experience in public higher education - preferred
  • A record of successful senior leadership, administrative experience, and deep understanding of the role of the community college in higher education
  • The ability to inspire and lead a diverse college organization, and to advance achievement of the college’s strategic goals
  • A leader with strong integrity and commitment to collaboration and partnership with internal and external constituencies
  • A servant-leader who values openness, who fosters a culture of optimism and success, and who possesses excellent communication skills in speaking, writing and listening in work with the Board of Trustees, Butler Foundation, citizens, employees, and students
  • Business and/or budget management experience - preferred
  • Strong instructional advocate, who values multiple learning pathways for students to achieve their goals, who instills high expectations for faculty and the programs they build, and who values accountability measures to ensure quality
  • Strong support of a comprehensive community college with a diverse student body offering traditional academic transfer and technical degrees and certificates, athletics, fine arts, student organizations, residential housing, off-site locations, online and hyflex learning, concurrent enrollment, Early College Academy pathways, prison education programs and non-credit training
  • A strong student-centered advocate, with documented achievements in student success and accountability, who will focus on eliminating achievement gaps among students with focused efforts on retention, persistence, and completion
  • A strong faculty and staff advocate who values academic freedom and promotes quality outcomes throughout the institution
  • A strong accreditation advocate who values the responsibility to ensure quality throughout all aspects of the institution
  • A strong policy governance advocate who values the role of the governing board in promoting accountability and transparency regarding the use of taxpayer dollars
  • Success in forging external partnerships to strengthen workforce education and in response to local labor market trends
  • Demonstrated understanding, commitment, and success in fund raising from private donors, foundations, corporations, and governmental sources
  • Demonstrated ability to manage complex operational and capital budgets with an understanding of federal, state, and local regulations and contemporary issues
  • A visible, personable, accessible, and visionary leader who is actively engaged on campus, in the communities and maintains an “open door” approach
  • Demonstrated strengths in establishing partnerships and relationships with business and industry, educational entities, state agencies, elected officials, community organizations
  • Demonstrated commitment to create a campus culture of access, collaboration, creativity, equal opportunity, and innovation
  • Demonstrated ability to manage sensitive and difficult situations with diplomacy while maintaining professionalism and confidentiality



This is a confidential search process guided by external consultants, Dr. Dennis Michaelis and Dr. Preston Pulliams of Gold Hill Associates. The consultants will be the only recipients of initial application materials. To ensure full consideration, candidates must submit application materials by: August 12, 2024

  1. Letter of application that addresses the position profile and board prioritized qualities and demonstrates how the candidate’s experience and professional qualifications prepare them to serve the needs of Butler Community College (not to exceed five [5] pages)
  2. Current resume
Please submit these items to dennis@goldhillassociates.com
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