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Commissioner Search

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education has established a search committee to identify candidates for the position of Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education. This search committee is charged with identifying, reviewing and evaluating candidates for the position and making recommendations to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education for their consideration.

Pursuant to IC 21-18-5-4, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education is the authorized body to approve and appoint the Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education as its Chief Executive Officer.

Commissioner’s Role and Responsibilities

The Commissioner leads a 50-member staff and provides internal management and external leadership to build a more effective higher education system ensuring Hoosiers receive a high-quality education. The Commissioner’s primary responsibility is to provide leadership and direction to meet the Commission’s mission and purpose. More specifically, the Commissioner’s responsibilities include the following:

  • Oversee personnel, financial and office functions, including direct supervision of associate commissioners and selection of all employees;
  • Plan Commission meetings and advise Commission members on activities through regular contact and in partnership with Chair;
  • Develop and implement the state’s higher education strategic plan;
  • Partner with the Governor and the General Assembly to ensure an effective and affordable higher education system, including the coordination of the higher education legislative agenda;
  • Advance the state’s strategy for a high-quality, high-value higher education system utilizing Indiana’s outcomes-based funding formula;
  • Represent the Commission on higher education matters with all partners, including colleges and universities, policymakers, state agencies, employers and other constituencies;
  • Oversee the administration of the state's financial aid programs; and
  • Carry out other responsibilities as assigned by the Commission members.

Qualifications, Knowledge and Abilities

  • Appropriate education and training, including a degree from an accredited institution of higher education;
  • Demonstrated senior leadership abilities in previous roles;
  • Excellent communication skills, including oral, written and listening skills;
  • Proven success in fiscal oversight, budget planning and funding models
  • Knowledge of higher education system, issues, trends and practices;
  • Ability to work across state agencies, especially with K-12 and workforce agencies;
  • Innovative and visionary style of leadership;
  • Ability to collaborate with diverse constituents; and
  • Excellent organizational and strategic skills.

How to Apply

>> Call for Candidates for the Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education <<

In addition to the enclosed form, candidates are required to submit a statement of interest, statement of qualifications, responses to posed questions and a CV or resume.

Submissions will be accepted via email and regular or express mail until Saturday, January 15, 2022, and must include the enclosed form and all requested materials. Submissions postmarked or received via email after midnight will not be accepted. Submissions may be directed to:

Commissioner Search Committee
Indiana Commission for Higher Education
101 West Ohio Street, Suite 300
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Email: candidates@che.in.gov

Following the initial review of all submissions, the search committee will conduct two rounds of interviews (virtual and in-person) of all finalists in February. The appointment of Commissioner will be announced in mid-March.