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Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
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Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago (TTIC or the Institute) is an independent, philanthropically-endowed academic computer science institute, dedicated to basic research and graduate education located in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago on the University of Chicago campus. Its mission is to achieve international impact through world-class research and education in fundamental computer science and information technology. The Institute is distinctive to the American educational scene in its unique combination of graduate education and endowed research.

To progress and enhance its contributions to computer science and higher education, TTIC seeks a president to lead its operations and community.

TTIC was founded by the Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) and the Toyota Technological Institute (TTI) in Japan, in collaboration with the University of Chicago. TTIC officially opened for operation in September 2003. It has degree granting authority in the State of Illinois and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. TTIC offers a graduate program leading to a doctorate in computer science, and is currently focusing primarily on theoretical computer science (algorithms and complexity); machine learning and its applications (computational biology, computer vision, natural language processing, robotics and speech); and scientific computing, including numerical analysis and numerical optimization. The Institute is supported by the earnings on an endowment of approximately $255 million and approximately $7 million available for spending from both federal and corporate grant awards.

Reporting to TTIC’s Board of Trustees, the president is the Institute’s chief executive officer and bears responsibility and accountability for the entirety of its operations. Leading a tenure-track faculty of 11, 8 research assistant professors conducting post-doctoral research, a highly motivated staff of 10 and a student body of 30, the president will be charged with growing the Institute both in size and in reputation, enhancing the quality and number of its key partnerships (especially with TTI and the University of Chicago), maintaining and enhancing its fiscal well-being and nurturing an optimal environment for scholarship and teaching. Accomplishing these ends will require a leader with a Ph.D. in computer science or related field, a history of successful management and leadership within a complex, highly-productive university environment, the willingness and ability to serve as the Institute’s principal public representative and advocate, and an entrepreneurial spirit.

The Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago is doing cutting-edge work in a discipline very much “of the moment” to all of society. Its president will have the opportunity to expand on this important work both in capacity and in impact.

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by August 31, 2018. Candidates should provide a resume or curriculum vitae, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile, available at www.wittkieffer.com, and the names and contact information of five references. Candidate confidentiality will be respected and references will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. Inquiries and application materials should be sent via email to the Institute’s consultants, Dennis M. Barden and Elizabeth K. Bohan of Witt/Kieffer, at TTICPresident@wittkieffer.com. Questions also may be directed to the consultants through the office of Laurie Adams at 630-575-6152.



TTIC is committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants. All employment-related decisions and personnel actions will be made and carried out without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, sex, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status. TTIC will endeavor to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified employees with disabilities, and of employees’ religious beliefs, in accordance with applicable law.


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