“I think people identify with whoever the president may be. And I think that can have a positive impact as well. And to the extent possible, I’ve tried to be a very engaged president in the lives of our students and faculty, staff, and parents.” – Dr. Ben Sells
Our guest today is Dr. Ben Sells – President of Ouachita Baptist University. I first met Dr. Sells when I was conducting the president search for a small liberal arts college in the Midwest. Although he wasn’t the successful candidate, we became friends and have kept in contact with each other over the years. Recently I had the privilege of work for Dr. Sells when he retained our firm (JobfitMatters Executive Search) to conduct the search for the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Ouachita.
2:19 – Dr. Sells talks about being raised in a home where his dad was a university president and how that probably impacted and influenced his career path
4:09 – Dr. Sells discusses how Higher Education has changes over the years (and yet when he looks back at some of the Board Minutes from when his dad was a college president, they are dealing with a lot of the same issues)
5:32 – His charge by the Board of Trustees at Ouachita Baptist University when he accepted their offer to be the President.
11:31 – Dr. Sells explains his philosophy of making sure that his direct reports are prepared for their next career move
21:00 – The most ambitious project Dr. Sells has undertaken
28:24 – Dr. Sells’ advice to someone who is considering their first college/university presidency’
“One was being a son of a college president from the age. I was five onward. My father was a president of a Christian college, one very similar to the one I’m at now. I loved what he did and he was good to include me.” -Dr. Ben Sells
Links and Resources
Next Gen Nonprofit Leadership with Tommy Thomas
Ouachita Baptist University Website
Ouachita Baptist University FB Page
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