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Executive Director, Aspire Institute for Global Engagement

The University of Houston invites nominations and applications for a visionary and innovative leader with significant international experience to serve as the executive director of the newly founded Aspire Institute for Global Engagement. The institute seeks to impact all of the university’s key functions – teaching, research and service – while being uniquely student oriented. This individual will bring an international perspective and deep-lived global experiences to build upon existing international programs at the university and to identify new initiatives and partnerships that will enhance global perspectives and opportunities for students and faculty members. The executive director will be expected to help shape a vision for the institute, develop and execute a strategic plan for the institute, build teams to support its work, and engage externally with international leaders, partner organizations and other university stakeholders.

The executive director will report directly to the university’s provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. The institute’s faculty and administration will be comprised of highly qualified experts, and dynamic and visionary leaders actively engaged in cross-disciplinary research, teaching and collaborations representing multiple academic and administrative units as well as education, governmental, non-governmental organizations and industry partners. The university plans to add a number of positions to support the work of the institute on campus and across the world, as well as bring several existing positions under the purview of the executive director.

The University of Houston reflects the diversity, challenge and optimistic spirit that characterize the city of Houston. Part of the public system of higher education in Texas, the university offers a full range of bachelors, masters, doctoral and professional programs to over 30,000 students from across the United States and around the world. By serving students in 13 colleges and schools, the University of Houston is a nationally recognized comprehensive research and teaching institution. The university is the home of important scientific breakthroughs, cultural diversity, academic excellence and public service. More information about the University of Houston may be found at

The University of Houston provides equal treatment and opportunity to all persons without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, veteran status or sexual orientation except where such distinction is required by law. This statement reflects compliance with Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and all other federal and state regulations.


WittKieffer is assisting the University of Houston in this search and all applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s Candidate Portal at

Applications should include: a letter of interest addressing the themes in the profile and a CV or resume. Applications will be assessed by the search committee on a rolling basis.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to Ryan Crawford and Sarah Miller at [email protected]