Posted: Nov 8, 2022

Inaugural Executive Director, The Institute of American Civics

Application Deadline: N/A

Inaugural Executive Director
The Institute of American Civics

The Institute of American Civics at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville is a new opportunity to foster civic engagement, renew civic learning, and increase civic skills among UT students and Tennesseans statewide. The Institute is searching for an inaugural Executive Director to set its strategic direction and lead its growth.

Our goal is to set the pace among American universities in restoring the nation’s civics health.

Last spring, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and state lawmakers appropriated $6 million to support the Institute in the FY22–23 state budget and $4 million in recurring funds thereafter. The Institute is located in what is now the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy in Knoxville, the state’s flagship university campus. Pending appropriate approval by the Board of Trustees, the Institute will be part of a new Baker School of Public Policy and Public Affairs to be launched in Summer 2023 and has the opportunity to be engaged in both undergraduate and graduate level academic programs. Senator Baker’s legacy of public service and the pursuit of common ground provide an ideal foundation for the mission of the Institute. 

The Institute has been launched with extraordinary bipartisan support. Enabling legislation passed the state legislature by a 120-6 margin, with the few “no” votes coming from Republicans and Democrats in equal number. The Institute has named a 13-person bipartisan board to govern its operations, led by political and academic leaders from across the ideological spectrum, including two former Tennessee governors of both major parties and chaired by A.B. Culvahouse, UT alum and former U.S. Ambassador to Australia. 

More information can be found at: and the full job description may be found at 

Candidates from a broad set of backgrounds will be considered. Priority consideration will be given to applications received by January 10, 2023. Interested parties should reach out, in confidence, with any inquiries or nominations to:

Paul Chou, Senior Client Partner
John Elkerton, Managing Associate
Korn Ferry
[email protected]

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone 865-974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.