Search Firm Starts Hunt for New Executive Vice President Role

New Position to be Second Ranking Officer at College

Trocaire Executive Vice President

Trocaire College announced today that they have hired executive search firm Hyatt-Fennell to help identify candidates for the new executive vice president role. The new position will be the second ranking officer at Trocaire College and act for the President in his absence.

The executive vice president will work closely with the college president to pursue and address key strategic efforts to ensure long term sustainability of the college. The new EVP will carry responsibility for a defined portfolio of administrative functions such as: Workforce Development, Grants, Business Development for credit and non-credit offerings in collaboration with academic leadership and the enrollment service’s division and engage in external community partnerships to develop and refine the College’s value proposition to the greater Western New York region and beyond.

“Trocaire is excited to start the search process for this very instrumental and important role at the college. With the assistance of Cheryl Hyatt and her team, we hope to find the cream of the crop of experienced leaders who are forward-thinking, process-oriented, proven visionaries that can lead Trocaire forward,” said Dr. Bassam Deeb, president, Trocaire College. “We believe that this is the right time to add this new role. The executive vice president’s work will be very important as we strive to identify institutional strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities to enhance the college’s presence and reputation regionally and nationally.”

EVP Qualifications and Skills:

  • A Master’s degree is required and an earned terminal degree is preferred
  • Successful experience leading and managing a complex organization in a competitive environment
  • A commitment to collaboration and transparency
  • An understanding of and experience with non-traditional students and the associated market
  • A visible and forward-thinking leader with skills to serve as an agent of change
  • Process oriented with solid grasp of data analytics and performance metrics with the ability to diagnose problems
  • The ability to utilize natural curiosity to create innovative solutions
  • A commitment to a constituency type organization
  • A commitment to credibly lead a strong academic community focusing on student success and while providing students access to academic opportunities that will be meaningful both personally and professionally 
  • An understanding of higher education finance and demographic trends affecting higher education
  • The ability to identify institutional strengths, weaknesses, challenges, and opportunities and to develop a vision to lead Trocaire College forward
  • Experience developing trusting relationships in a variety of key areas, thereby enhancing the organization’s presence and reputation regionally and nationally
  • An awareness of and appreciation for contemporary issues in higher education
  • The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and excellent interpersonal skills

Submit nominations and applications to Cheryl Hyatt or Robert Head at Hyatt-Fennell. Applications must be submitted electronically and include a focused cover letter, a resume/CV, and contact information for five professional references. To ensure full consideration, all applications should be submitted prior to June 30, 2024. The position will remain open until filled.  Applications and nominations will be considered highly confidential.

The College was founded in 1958 by the Sisters of Mercy as Sancta Maria College, an institution to train women of the order. In 1965 the College admitted laywomen and in 1972 enrolled its first male students. Two years later, the College was renamed Trocaire. The College is located in Buffalo, New York, and offers associate and bachelor’s degree programs, as well as one-year certificate programs, and workforce development training in healthcare, business, hospitality, and technology. The College is home to the oldest, private Associate Degree in Nursing program in western New York. Trocaire has an extension site in Williamsville, New York and the total enrollment across both locations is approximately 1,300 students.

Trocaire College is an equal opportunity employer.