Princeton University is seeking an experienced and community-oriented public safety leader to serve as its next director of operations for the department of public safety. The expected start date is October/November 2021.

Princeton is a world-renowned research university with a vibrant community of scholarship, research, and teaching that seeks to live up to its informal motto, “In the Nation’s Service and the Service of Humanity.” The University has a profound commitment to undergraduate education with a low student-to-faculty ratio and a curriculum that emphasizes learning, creativity, innovation, and collaboration with a program of liberal arts in the humanities, arts, social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering. Princeton similarly has a strong commitment to graduate education where students become part of a community of scholars at one of the world’s leading universities. Each year, faculty members receive numerous national and international honors recognizing their scholarship and research. The current faculty includes ten Nobel laureates.

Princeton enrolls 5,267 undergraduate and 2,946 graduate students, employs 7,000 benefits-eligible staff members, and has 1,289 faculty members who are world-renowned scholars and teachers inspired by their research and driven to help all students grow as thinkers and world citizens. The historic campus, its physical and cultural assets, and university events attract more than 860,000 visitors to the campus annually. The campus consists of more than ten million square feet in more than 200 buildings on 600 acres and is located in central New Jersey. Ninety-eight (98) percent of undergraduates and 70 percent of graduate students live in university housing. The Princeton University Library and the Princeton University Art Museum hold extensive, world-renowned collections.

The Position


Reporting to the assistant vice president for public safety (AVP), the director of operations (director) serves as second in command in Princeton’s Department of Public Safety (DPS) and as acting assistant vice president in the AVP’s absence. DPS is a Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) and New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police accredited, full-service law enforcement department and operates 24/7. The director is responsible for the day to day leadership of DPS’s operations division, comprising patrol, the detective bureau, communications center, IT, and cultural property security, as well as its four-member leadership team. The director also leads DPS’s training and professional development initiatives, recruitment, coordinating the activities of the department’s sworn and non-sworn personnel, and serves as a key liaison with union representatives for the commissioned police and non- commissioned security officers who comprise more than half of the department’s 110 full-time members. This senior leader will leverage existing state-of-the-art technology and assist in the design and implementation of new systems and technologies to enhance the safety of the community. The director’s overarching role is to ensure the DPS’s capacity to foster a deep connection with the campus community, with a focus on providing outstanding service to its constituents through a community caretaking approach to public safety.

In this highly visible role, the director will serve as a partner to the AVP and will collaborate with and serve as a key liaison and advisor to the campus on public safety issues and law enforcement operations. They will oversee the preparation, presentation, and dissemination of a wide range of internal and external reports related to public safety, ensuring effective communication and sharing of key information in a timely manner with appropriate stakeholders.

Further, the director will work closely with leadership and colleagues across the institution in the continuous improvement of emergency preparedness and management efforts. They will manage command of major incidents, emergency situations, and special events, and will work in close collaboration with town, county, state, and federal law enforcement agencies and other safety and security services on a range of activities, including response to accidents, medical or fire emergencies, and requests for assistance. The director will also serve as the department’s representative with the media and liaison to the Communications Department.


Kenneth Strother joined Princeton University Department of Public Safety as the director of operations in January 2019. Following a national search, Strother was named assistant vice president for public safety in June 2021—he is currently serving in both the assistant vice president and director of operations capacities until the new director joins the department.


The next director of operations will be expected to take the time to develop a thorough and nuanced understanding of the University, its residential culture and increasingly diverse community, academic programs, facilities, and cultural properties, as well as the services, operations, use of technology, and importantly, the personnel that comprise the current Department of Public Safety. The director will be tasked with developing and maintaining a highly professional, forward looking safety and security operation that is attuned to changing dynamics and trends impacting both the University and campus safety organizations nationally.

Additional priorities for the next director, as articulated by stakeholders, include the following:
• Circulate widely to establish strong collegial relationships and become a trusted and valued colleague within DPS, across the University, and with a wide range of law enforcement, safety and emergency services, and other external stakeholders.
• Identify opportunities to improve operational effectiveness and efficiency within DPS, followed by implementation of strategies to enhance performance, including maximizing the potential of technology to provide the highest levels of responsiveness and service.
• Foster an inclusive environment that values, respects, and supports a highly diverse group of public safety officers and staff, and ensure that all members of the Princeton community feel well-served by DPS.
• Establish relationships of trust and credibility with union leadership and members to ensure open lines of communication that facilitate productive interactions, negotiations, and outcomes that meet institutional, departmental, and member interests and needs.
• Serve as a key spokesperson and public face for DPS with internal and external constituents, including the media, in both oral and written communications.
• Ensure that departmental structure, staffing levels, and practices effectively serve and support the wide-ranging needs of constituents on and off campus, and advocate for resources as appropriate.
• Craft effective recruitment and retention strategies and lead ongoing training, development, and evaluation programs to strengthen personnel at all levels; develop succession planning and promotion programs; ensure that accreditation and other compliance requirements are being met and consistent standards of accountability throughout are well communicated and understood across DPS.



The successful candidate will bring at least ten years of progressively responsible public safety experience, including five years at a management and supervisory level, preferably in a higher education setting; a bachelor’s degree is required. An advanced degree in a relevant discipline, along with New Jersey PTC police officer certification or capability to achieve same within one year of appointment is preferred.

The director of operations will be a highly collaborative manager and leader with outstanding interpersonal, oral, and written communications skills and proven ability to inspire and build relationships of trust and credibility. They will bring a strong record of achievement in safety and security, and embrace the department and University’s commitment to a community caretaking philosophy around public safety and the significant dedication of time and energy that it requires. The successful candidate will also bring demonstrated commitment to fostering an inclusive environment with a track record of working effectively in a richly diverse community and with individuals at all levels of an organization.

Princeton is particularly interested in candidates with a strong attraction to the environment of a complex university with strong ties to its immediate surrounding communities, as well as a genuine interest in students and a commitment to be visible and accessible to all constituents. Experience working with a unionized work force and a record of success establishing and maintaining positive labor/management relations, a proven ability to motivate a diverse workforce to succeed as a high-functioning team, and the capacity to inspire trust and confidence among staff will be key expectations for the successful candidate. The director will be expected to live within 45 minutes of Princeton’s campus.

Princeton University stakeholders have also indicated the following capabilities and attributes would be attractive in a successful candidate.

• familiarity with the Clery Act and its reporting requirements;
• a genuine interest in students and a commitment to be visible and accessible to all constituents;
• a record of promoting diversity and capacity to boost morale and inspire confidence among staff;
• experience as a fair, respectful departmental leader and manager, and a skilled administrator;
• proven ability to manage resources, human and financial, to maximize efficiency and assure the highest quality work;
• a reassuring presence with the ability to cultivate trust and credibility and to generate enthusiasm among diverse constituencies and individuals;
• capacity to be an accessible and supportive colleague;
• outstanding oral and written communication, interpersonal, and negotiation skills;
• strong consensus-building and relationship-building skills;
• well-honed political/diplomatic instincts;
• ability to think strategically while anticipating trends, issues, and problems,;
• strong knowledge of law enforcement and safety and security technology;
• passion for service;
• an inclination toward action and results, tempered by an appreciation for the culture and tempo of a university; and
• enthusiasm, optimism, and drive; flexibility, resilience, and a good sense of humor.

Institution & Location


The department of public safety is the primary department at the University charged with creating a safe and secure environment. DPS operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The department’s 110 staff members contribute to a comprehensive and integrated safety and security program in collaboration with the Princeton community.

DPS comprises the following functional areas:

• Office of the Assistant Vice President: The office of the assistant vice president for public safety is composed of a core leadership team who manage and support the daily operational and administrative functions of DPS.

• Art Museum and Library Security: DPS provides security staffing and oversight for both the Firestone Library and University Art Museum. For both clients, DPS provides administrative oversight in planning, coordinating, and managing security operations. The security officers help enforce library and museum policies and ensure safety of the valuable books, cherished art, and patrons. The Firestone Library is staffed by officers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Officers are stationed throughout the library to ensure compliance with university and public safety regulations. The library staff is includes both library security officers and security supervisors. At the library’s front desk, DPS officers check for university IDs or guest passes and check bags upon exit. At the museum, officers are stationed throughout the galleries and control room to monitor all activities. The Art Museum staff is includes both Art Museum security officers and Art Museum security supervisors. Officers stationed in the control room supervise the card access system, campus video management system (CVMS) and fire alarm systems in the galleries and provide badges to visiting staff and docents.

• Sworn University Police Officers: DPS’s sworn, unarmed university police officers have the authority of commissioned police officers with full power of arrest deriving their law enforcement authority from New Jersey statutes (Title 18A, Sections 6-4.2 and 6-4.5) and the Trustees of Princeton University.

• Non-sworn University Security Officers: Non-sworn security officers work in different areas of Princeton’s campus: on patrol around campus, in the Firestone Library, and in the Princeton University Art Museum. Non-sworn security officers are empowered by the institution to enforce university regulations. These officers attend a training program sponsored by the New Jersey College and University Public Safety Association that provides a basic orientation to the theories of campus security. Non-sworn security officers participate in field training and an evaluation program to further orient them to providing campus public safety services. Officers that patrol the campus are primarily responsible for building security, event security, and enforcement of parking and traffic regulations.

• Welcome Desk and University Operator: DPS also houses the University’s operator system. The operator represents Princeton University and DPS with utmost professionalism and cordiality, greeting callers and visitors to campus, giving out general information about the University, and transferring callers to the appropriate destination.

• The Communication Center: The Communication Center oversees the state-of-the-art electronic security infrastructure for Princeton University and is staffed with trained and certified communications dispatchers. The center is a certified public safety answering point (PSAP) for 9-1-1 calls. These dispatchers answer calls for service; monitor intrusion detection, and duress and fire alarms; provide temporary Princeton ID cards should a student find themselves locked out of their residence after hours; and provide other emergency services to community members, which include answering the many emergency phones on campus.

• The Detective Bureau: The Detective Bureau at DPS consists of a detective-sergeant and two sworn detectives. The detectives are extensively trained in all facets of conducting investigations for all types of incidents. Their responsibilities include crime scene examinations, case follow-up, investigations, offender processing, and presenting cases for prosecution.

• Community Relations: A primary goal of DPS is to develop and maintain strong, lasting partnerships with the local community. Incorporating the partnership and community caretaking style of law enforcement has shown dividends in the department’s progressive approach to crime prevention, risk identification and reduction, as well as problem solving.

• Office of the Fire Marshal: The office of the fire marshal is responsible for enforcement of the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code and conducting fire inspections of university-owned buildings in accordance with the Code. The fire marshal responds to all fires and hazardous material incidents. The fire marshal is also responsible for providing leadership in the development and management of a comprehensive fire prevention program that includes emergency evacuation drills, fire safety education, emergency procedure planning, and fire data analysis.


The department of public safety’s mission is to enhance the living, learning, and working experience at Princeton University by protecting life, maintaining order, and safeguarding property. DPS fulfills this mission by providing the community with a full range of services that meet the highest professional and accredited standards of campus public safety. DPS team members are committed to the philosophy of “Community Caretaking” and working with Princeton students, staff, and faculty to build a lasting partnership.

The department’s core values (“TIGERS”) guide this mission:

TRUST: DPS values the opportunity to serve the community and will ensure that its conduct always merits trust and support. Team members will accept full responsibility for their actions and will take appropriate actions to meet community and professional expectations.

INTEGRITY: DPS team members firmly adhere to the values and professional ethics outlined in the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics. Every member of the department is expected to uphold the highest ethical standards at all times.

GRATITUDE: DPS staff members are proud of their profession, their colleagues, their department, and Princeton University. They recognize that individual and team contributions are essential to a high-performing department. They acknowledge the sacrifices the members make to ensure the safety and security of the community. They do everything possible to ensure all members of the team feel appreciated and duly rewarded for their contributions.

EXCELLENCE: DPS staff members continually develop their knowledge, skills, and abilities to the highest levels possible to enable them to provide the finest public safety services to the Princeton University community. By sharing insight and guidance and creating learning opportunities, they acknowledge that each member of the department makes a valuable contribution to its purpose and vision. Their approach is based on a commitment to innovation and continuous improvement.

RESPECT: DPS staff members treat all members of the community and each other with courtesy, fairness, and dignity.

SERVICE: DPS staff members are committed to enhancing public safety and increasing the community’s sense of security. They work in partnership with the community to identify and solve problems that affect the quality of life on campus. They demonstrate their commitment to serve by placing the needs of others ahead of their own.

Leadership of the department

Kenneth E. Strother, Jr., assistant vice president for public safety

Kenneth E. Strother was named Princeton’s assistant vice president for public safety effective June 1, 2021. He had served as Princeton’s director of operations in public safety since January 2019, managing the day-to-day operations of the department and serving as second-in-command. As director of operations in DPS, Strother built strong connections across campus with students, faculty and staff, and externally with municipal partners. He has been widely credited with enhancing the department’s operations and efficiencies, implementing innovative training programs and serving as the lead DPS liaison to the Public Safety Community Advisory Committee, a group formed in response to President Christopher L. Eisgruber’s call to action in support of racial equity. Strother has also been a driving force for ensuring that public safety at Princeton has state-of-the-art technology, equipment, and other resources to support a high-performing, world-class public safety department.

Before joining Princeton, Strother served as station commander for The Pennsylvania State University Police and Public Safety at the Abington Campus and in the Willingboro Township (New Jersey) Police Department for more than 25 years with progressive experience as a police officer, sergeant, lieutenant and captain. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, and he serves on the executive board of the New Jersey chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates as the immediate past president. Strother is a member of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators.

Strother earned a bachelor of arts in criminal justice from Thomas Edison State University and a master’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Oklahoma. He holds graduate certificates from the University of Oklahoma, in restorative justice, and from the New Jersey Certified Public Manager Program.


Chartered in 1746 as the College of New Jersey―the name by which it was known for 150 years―Princeton University is the fourth oldest college in the nation. Located in Elizabeth for one year and then in Newark for nine, the College of New Jersey moved to Princeton in 1756. In 1896, when expanded program offerings brought it university status, the College of New Jersey was officially renamed Princeton University in honor of its host community. Four years later the Graduate School was established.

Consistently ranked as one of the best universities in the world, Princeton provides undergraduate and graduate instruction in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering. It offers professional degrees through the School of Public and International Affairs, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the School of Architecture, and the Bendheim Center for Finance. As a world-renowned research University, Princeton seeks to achieve the highest levels of distinction in the discovery and transmission of knowledge and understanding. At the same time, it is distinctive among research universities in its commitment to undergraduate teaching.

Princeton has educated many individuals who have dedicated their lives to public service, including two U.S. presidents (Woodrow Wilson and James Madison); 12 Supreme Court justices (including three on the current bench: Samuel Alito, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan); hundreds of U.S. and state legislators (the House of Representatives, for example, has included a Princeton alumnus every year since it first met in 1789); and 44 state governors, including 11 from New Jersey. As in public service, Princeton alumni have been leaders in all sectors of society. Among its graduates are chief executive officers of pioneering new businesses, as well as Fortune 100 companies, influential philanthropists, gifted authors and artists, distinguished scholars, and professionals preeminent in their fields.

The University has benefited from many years of prudent financial management, the active counsel of financially sophisticated trustees, and the exceptional generosity of alumni, parents, and other friends of the University. Balanced budgets are the rule, and both Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s accord Princeton bonds their highest ratings. At $26.6B as of June 2020, the University’s endowment is among the largest of any university on both a per-student and absolute basis. The endowment has experienced high investment return levels and contributes nearly 50 percent to the total operating budget of the University.

Today, more than 1,200 faculty members instruct approximately 5,200 undergraduate students and 2,900 graduate students. The University’s generous financial aid program ensures that talented students from all economic backgrounds can afford a Princeton education. Endowment income directed to financial aid now provides for more of the aggregate charges for undergraduate tuition and fees than payments from students and their families. With approximately 7,000 benefits-eligible employees, Princeton is one of Mercer County’s largest private employers and one of the largest in the region. It plays a major role in the educational, cultural, and economic life in the area by bringing more than 860,000 visitors and more than $2 billion in economic activity to the region each year.

Princeton’s central campus in Princeton, New Jersey consists of approximately ten million square feet of built space in 200 buildings on 600 acres. The University is planning expansion on a lake campus in West Windsor, NJ. Special facilities on university-owned lands include a golf course, a lake, the Forrestal Campus in Plainsboro, and roads for which the University owns the right-of-way. The campus includes facilities that support 37 NCAA Division I and Ivy League teams. The Princeton University Art Museum has a collection of over 110,000 works of art from antiquity to the present, including works by Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, Jackson Pollock, and Andy Warhol, among other prominent artists. The Princeton University library collections include more than seven million printed works and a rare book collection dating to the 15th century. The campus is ideally situated and offers distinctively handsome architecture in a hospitable small-town setting. The town of Princeton has approximately 30,000 residents and is located just an hour from both New York City and Philadelphia.

About Princeton, NJ

The charm of Princeton offers the best of both worlds. A community of approximately 30,000 residents who live in tree-lined neighborhoods, Princeton also enjoys a central New Jersey location and transit network that puts it a quick train ride from New York City and Philadelphia.

The quality and diversity of Princeton’s restaurant scene is constantly on the rise. From noodle houses, sandwich shops, and gourmet ice cream to farm-to-table fine dining, there are options for everyone. And Princeton’s cosmopolitan community ensures a mix of Asian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Latin American, and other cuisines. A seasonal farmers market operates just steps from campus and, during the warm-weather months, another farmers market operates on the University’s Firestone Plaza.

Downtown Princeton features a wide variety of retail outlets—everything from thrift shops and fashion boutiques to bookstores and a renowned record exchange, all on the edge of campus. Free transit shuttles also connect the campus with larger grocery stores and retail centers in and around Princeton.

For arts lovers, the McCarter Theatre Center, winner of a Tony Award for the best regional theater in the country, is a campus treasure within easy walking distance. A few streets over is Morven Museum and Garden, which dates back more than 200 years and houses a distinctive collection of fine and decorative arts. Live music acts perform in restaurants, pubs, and coffee houses throughout town, and the Princeton Garden Theatre shows the latest major motion pictures as well as independent and foreign-language films.

With easy access to parks, waterways, and trails, Princetonians are found exploring the outdoors all year round. Students enjoy convenient jogging trails that line the Delaware & Raritan Canal, canoeing on Lake Carnegie, and biking and hiking on trails throughout the region. The beaches of the Jersey Shore and Pennsylvania’s ski locations are also just a short road trip away.

TigerTransit shuttles and NJ Transit’s local bus routes provide transportation throughout the Princeton campus and surrounding communities. BikeShares and CarShares allow for easy day trips.

A train known locally as “The Dinky” connects campus (via the Princeton Station at Alexander Street) to Princeton Junction, where northbound NJ TRANSIT trains provide direct service to New York City and Newark Liberty International Airport. Southbound trains provide a transfer to the Philadelphia-bound SEPTA regional rail Trenton Line. Amtrak trains connect Princeton Junction to Washington, D.C., Boston, and the broader region.

Institutional Mission

Princeton University advances learning through scholarship, research, and teaching of unsurpassed quality, with an emphasis on undergraduate and doctoral education that is distinctive among the world’s great universities, and with a pervasive commitment to serve the nation and the world.

The University’s defining characteristics and aspirations include:
• a focus on the arts and humanities, the social sciences, the natural sciences, and engineering, with world-class excellence across all of its departments;
• a commitment to innovation, free inquiry, and the discovery of new knowledge and new ideas, coupled with a commitment to preserve and transmit the intellectual, artistic, and cultural heritage of the past;
• a faculty of world-class scholars who are engaged with and accessible to students and devoted to the thorough integration of teaching and research;
• a focus on undergraduate education that is unique for a major research university, with a program of liberal arts that simultaneously prepares students for meaningful lives and careers, broadens their outlooks, and helps form their characters and values;
• a graduate school that is unusual in its emphasis on doctoral education, while also offering high quality master’s programs in selected areas;
• a human scale that nurtures a strong sense of community, invites high levels of engagement, and fosters personal communication;
• exceptional student aid programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels that ensure Princeton is affordable to all;
• a commitment to welcome, support, and engage students, faculty, and staff with a broad range of backgrounds and experiences, and to encourage all members of the University community to learn from the robust expression of diverse perspectives;
• a vibrant and immersive residential experience on a campus with a distinctive sense of place that promotes interaction, reflection, and lifelong attachment;
• a commitment to prepare students for lives of service, civic engagement, and ethical leadership; and
• an intensely engaged and generously supportive alumni community.

Strategic Plan

In February 2016, Princeton’s Board of Trustees approved a strategic planning framework that identifies key goals and major priorities for the University and serves as a guide for allocating resources and prioritizing new initiatives. The framework is a flexible, iterative, and practical guide and has been organized around a set of key questions about challenges and opportunities facing the University.

Key Questions

• How best can Princeton sustain teaching and research excellence that makes a difference in the world?
• What new academic initiatives should Princeton pursue to address long-term issues of fundamental importance?
• What must Princeton do to make service central to the mission of the University?
• How can Princeton enable more undergraduate and graduate students to contribute to the world?

Learn more about Princeton’s strategic plan at


Christopher L. Eisgruber, President

Christopher Ludwig Eisgruber has served as Princeton University’s 20th president since July 2013. He served previously as Princeton’s provost for nine years, beginning in 2004, after joining the Princeton faculty in 2001.

As president, Eisgruber has led efforts to increase the representation of low-income and first-generation students at Princeton. Princeton’s socioeconomic diversity initiatives have attracted national attention from The New York Times, The Washington Post, 60 Minutes, and other news outlets. Eisgruber has also been a leading voice in Washington and elsewhere for the value of research and liberal arts education. He has emphasized the importance of both free speech and inclusivity to Princeton’s mission; championed the University’s commitment to service; and launched initiatives designed to fortify Princeton’s connections to the innovation ecosystem in New Jersey and beyond.

Eisgruber received his AB in physics from Princeton in 1983, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He then earned an MLitt in politics at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, and a JD cum laude at the University of Chicago Law School, where he served as editor-in-chief of the law review. After clerking for U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Patrick Higginbotham and U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, he taught at New York University’s School of Law for 11 years.

A renowned constitutional scholar, Eisgruber has published numerous articles on constitutional issues and testified multiple times before legislative bodies on the issue of religious freedom. His books include Constitutional Self-Government (2001); Religious Freedom and the Constitution (with Lawrence Sager, 2007); and The Next Justice: Repairing the Supreme Court Appointments Process (2007).

In 2014, Eisgruber was elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He received an honorary doctorate from the University of Edinburgh in 2015 and was elected an honorary fellow of University College, Oxford, in 2017. He serves as a trustee of ITHAKA and Artstor, and as a director of Liulishuo. He is also a steering committee member of the American Talent Initiative and a member of the Global University Leaders Forum of the World Economic Forum.

Meet Princeton’s Leadership:

Academic Programs and Faculty

• 1,289 faculty, including full time, part time and visiting
• 1,576 research funding awards
• 76 percent tenured professorial faculty
• 5:1 Student to faculty ratio
• 27 faculty and staff Nobel Prize winners

• 36 academic departments
• 42 interdisciplinary/interdepartmental doctoral programs
• 55 interdisciplinary undergraduate certificate programs
• 18 master’s degree programs

Princeton’s undergraduate curriculum emphasizes learning, creativity, innovation, and collaboration with a program of liberal arts in the humanities, arts, social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering. Students explore many disciplines and also develop a deep understanding in one area of concentration.

Princeton’s graduate focus is on doctoral education, with a select number of master’s degree programs. PhD degrees across the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering emphasize original and independent scholarship.

The Student Body

Students at Princeton are among the world’s most talented, and the intensity of the Princeton experience creates for many students a singularly powerful lifelong attachment to the institution. The University expects from its students both rigor and maturity of intellectual effort. Princeton students bring tireless energy to all that they do – both inside and outside the classroom. The leadership at Princeton has been clear in expressing a vision for a student body that is rich not only in its talent and energy, but also in its diversity of perspectives and experience.

In the 2020-2021 academic year, Princeton enrolled 5,267 undergraduates and 2,946 graduate students. Over the next decade, the University expects to increase undergraduate enrollment by 500. International students currently comprise about 25 percent of the combined undergraduate and graduate student population, and students hail from almost 100 countries. Racial and ethnic minorities make up approximately 49 percent of the undergraduate student body and 47 percent of the graduate students.

Because of the importance it attaches to the undergraduate residential experience, Princeton requires all first and second year undergraduate students to live on campus and provides housing for all juniors and seniors who wish to live on campus, as almost all do. Approximately 70 percent of enrolled graduate students within their regular program length live in university housing, taking advantage of residence hall and apartment options. University residential life offers academic, athletic, social, cultural, personal development, and community-service opportunities to graduate students and their families.

Princeton provides a wide array of extracurricular activities and organizations, athletic teams, opportunities to engage in cultural and artistic expression and the spiritual dimensions of life, and other resources that allow students to discover and develop their talents and interests. The residential experience is intended both to create a strong sense of community on campus and to encourage and support individual initiative and personal growth. It provides opportunities for students to learn from and with each other, develop capacities for collaboration and mutual respect, learn how to lead healthy and fulfilling lives, and practice the skills of citizenship and community.

Over the last decade, Princeton has impressively diversified its undergraduate student body on all counts, enrolling more members of underrepresented minorities, international students, and students from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. Princeton’s commitment to access made the University a pioneer in removing financial obstacles for undergraduates from less affluent families through its no-loan financial aid program, which it introduced in 2001. Currently, about 61 percent of Princeton’s undergraduate students receive financial aid from the University.

Student Highlights
• 21 U.S. Rhodes Scholars during the past ten years
• 643 undergraduate international students
• 24 percent of class of 2023 eligible for low-income federal grants
• 98 percent of undergraduate students living on campus
• 400+ international internship opportunities
• 300+ student organizations
• 50 percent/50 percent undergraduate women/undergraduate men

• 37 varsity intercollegiate teams
• 36 sport club teams
• 25 Ivy League championships in field hockey
• 206 national championships won by Princeton athletes
• 112 Princetonians who have competed in the Olympics
• 150 years of Princeton football

Benefits Overview

Princeton University provides competitive compensation, benefits, work-life programs, time-off policies, and resources. The compensation program monitors and adjusts salary levels and includes an annual Merit Increase Program. Benefits and work-life programs reflect and embrace the diverse needs of its employees and include traditional offerings, such as health, retirement, life, disability insurance, and staff tuition reimbursement, as well as less frequently found benefits, such as childcare assistance, child college tuition assistance, and on-site personal health coaches, making Princeton a stand-out employer. For more specific information, visit

Application & Nomination

Princeton has retained the services of Spelman Johnson, a leading national executive search firm, to assist with leading this search. Review of applications will begin Thursday, August 12, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be forwarded to Michel Frendian at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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