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Walker Center of Applied Ethics
Marian University, a vibrant institution that has experienced extraordinary recent growth and success, seeks a dynamic, entrepreneurial, and innovative leader to serve as the Executive Director of its newly launched Walker Center for Applied Ethics. With financial support and world class business partner interest, the Walker Center for Applied Ethics is strategically positioned to fulfill its mission to forge leaders and organizations that advance a more ethical world. In doing this, the Walker Center will emphasize applied research to foster leadership development, to generate organizational best practices, and to create models for the interdisciplinary teaching of applied ethics. The Walker Center will unite businesses, academic program, and community organizations to address society’s most challenging ethical issues.
Reporting to the Provost, the Executive Director will be an experienced, accomplished leader with a passion for making a difference and a background that is academic, entrepreneurial, and practice-oriented. The Executive Director will be responsible for the design and implementation of the activities of the Center, and will oversee and direct all of the Center’s operations. The Executive Director will collaborate with the Walker Center Board of Visitors, Marian Faculty, Indiana business leaders and other stakeholders to design and progress the Center’s mission.
The successful candidate will be an entrepreneurial and innovative academic or business leader who possesses the ability to build a center and programs in a higher education context, a demonstrated passion for ethics, an understanding of its academic and philosophical underpinnings, and operational knowledge to build and run a vibrant, growing center of national prominence. As a visionary and forward-thinking leader, the candidate will possess connections to the business community, be skilled at relationship building, and effective in promoting the activities and growing the reputation of the Walker Center. The successful candidate will be effective at leading in an organizational environment that is fast-paced and innovative, which encourages nontraditional ways of thinking about higher education.
The new Executive Director will be charged with leading the conception, design and implementation of the activities of the Walker Center, including the facilitation of the Center’s start-up, its programs and events, conferences, primary applied research, symposia, and workshops. The Executive Director will lead the Walker Center’s growth and influence with an ambitious reputational campaign, while acting as a resource and providing expertise regarding the implementation of ethics on teaching, student activities, and faculty research on Marian’s campus. The new Executive Director will build a center of excellence in training of compliance and ethics, helping to establish the Walker Center’s prominence as a resource to business organizations and information groups, locally and nationally, and developing certificate programming and training for compliance officers. The Executive Director will partner with University leadership to operationalize and advance the mission, values, and strategic vision of the Walker Center, employing sound budget and management practices within the context of a university setting, and support fundraising efforts and solicitations of individual and corporate sponsorship to promote financial stability and self-sufficiency of the Center.
Located just 10 minutes from the heart of Indianapolis, Marian University is a co-educational, comprehensive, Catholic institution of higher learning rooted in the liberal arts. Since its inception, the University has grown from a small campus of 24 students to a regional institution serving 3,595 full-and part-time students. Named a “Best Regional University” by U.S. News & World Report, Marian offers more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degrees, through the doctoral level. The institution’s 2,431 undergraduate and 1,164 graduate and adult program students benefit from a 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio and a financial aid commitment of more than $37 million, which allows more than 90 percent of all full-time undergraduates to receive financial aid. Marian has over 300 full-and part-time faculty.
Marian University has retained the services of Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in their search for the Executive Director of the Walker Center of Applied Ethics. All inquiries, nominations, and applications will be held in confidence and should be directed to: