The Johns Hopkins University seeks a bold leader to serve as executive director of its Center for Talented Youth (CTY). CTY, as you likely know, is an exemplar in identifying and developing the talents of gifted young people in the United States and worldwide. Given your professional position and network, we are writing to ask your assistance in identifying leaders who might be appropriate for this position.


The executive directorship of CTY offers an extraordinary opportunity to define how the world develops its most promising young minds. The successful candidate will lead the center to new levels of local, national, and global impact. Reporting to the provost and directing a staff of 180 full-time employees, 220 part-time employees (including online instructors), 1,600 summer programs employees, and a budget of more than $50 million, the successful candidate will work in partnership with university leadership, an advisory board, and a highly dedicated group of colleagues and staff to continue and extend the center’s transformative work.
The new executive director will be entrepreneurial and opportunistic, technologically sophisticated, and firmly committed to access and diversity. He or she will be a forceful and effective advocate for the center; shape, articulate, and execute a vision for its future; seek the philanthropic support required to optimize its impact; and serve as a unifying national and international voice on behalf of exceptional young people. The executive director will possess the requisite intellectual gifts and credentials necessary to lead an internationally recognized center within one of the world’s great research universities. He or she will have a record of high achievement, proven leadership, and a demonstrated commitment to excellence in K-12 education or the development of academically talented youth.


A complete leadership profile is viewable at JHU-CTY. We encourage you to contact us with candidate suggestions or questions at or 630-575-6178. All inquiries will be held in strict confidence.