Vice President of Student Affairs

Regis University
Denver, Colorado, United States, 80221
Feb 27, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Regis University (, is accepting applications for the position of Vice President of Student Affairs (VPSA). Reporting to the President, the VPSA serves as the University's chief student affairs officer and provides leadership and direction in all areas of student affairs, including a variety of co-curricular activities and programs. The VPSA will also provide leadership and administrative oversight of all student affairs programs and services that promote and advance the University's mission and strategic plan, including:

  • Housing & Residence Life
  • Student Life including:
    • Student Activities
    • Student Conduct
    • Counseling and Health Services
    • Wellness and Recreation
  • Auxiliary Services

The Vice President of Student Affairs plays a vital role in creating and maintaining a healthy campus environment for all students including undergraduate, graduate and online through services, programs, and learning experiences beyond the classroom, while encouraging a sense of community among students, faculty and staff. The VPSA partners with the academic and administrative divisions to achieve an exceptional student experience. This position will require a particular focus and innovative approach to building programs to support graduate students and online students, in addition to continuing programs and services for traditional undergraduate students. Experience with these student populations will be viewed as a particular strength. The VPSA is responsible for communicating student affairs protocols, policies, procedures and practices effectively to the entire campus community. Reporting to the VPSA are Student Life, Residence Life & Housing and Auxiliary Services.

The VPSA partners with Academic Affairs by providing a range of co-curricular services and programs to promote and support students' academic success and meet the diverse educational needs of students and the University community.

The VPSA will provide leadership and strategic vision for Student Affairs, including:

  • Provide advice and counsel to the Provost and President on matters related to campus life, student issues, retention, policies, and strategic initiatives.
  • Develop campus life/student affairs strategies consistent with the University's mission and learning experience goals.
  • Provide overall responsibility for 7 – 10 units, including professional staff, student leaders, and student employees.
  • Work with Student Affairs directors to assess, evaluate, and plan for the division.
  • Serve as a student advocate within the University community to promote a healthy and positive campus climate.
  • Create collaborative partnerships among diverse students and student organizations through programming efforts to create an inclusive campus climate.
  • Work with the Equal Opportunity and Title IX office related to student safety and climate around matters involving sexual misconduct and nondiscrimination, as well as Campus Safety on emergency management and Clery compliance.
  • Coordinate with Provost, Academic Deans, the Vice President for Enrollment Management, and University committees as appropriate on the review, development and implementation of University policies.
  • Provide leadership and strategic vision in the area of campus climate.
  • Progressive leadership that includes personnel management, budget planning, outcomes assessments, events/programming, and strategic planning.
  • Complete other related duties as assigned by the President.

This position reports to the President and serves as a member of the President's Cabinet, the Senior Leadership team. Regis seeks a progressive leader with the ability to work collaboratively with the President, President's Cabinet and Board of Trustees to further the University's vision and mission of providing high quality educational experiences.


The VPSA must have a strong appreciation and commitment to the Catholic identity and Jesuit traditions of Regis University (Catholic preferred). The successful candidate holds a doctorate or terminal degree in student personnel, higher education administration, or a related field (a master's degree with appropriate experience may be considered) and at least ten (10) years of progressive leadership, inclusive of administrative, fiscal management, and supervisory experience.

In addition, the ideal candidate will possess a comprehensive knowledge of co-curricular design, student development and best practices designed to support student success and a broad understanding of legal issues and compliance requirements within a higher education environment; a high level of energy and a record of achievement and advancement in the field; demonstrated ability to serve as an effective and collaborative member of the senior leadership team; knowledge of current issues and trends in higher education and participation in national professional associations; and exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with diverse individuals. The successful candidate will have strong oral, written, interpersonal, and organizational skills, the ability to communicate with a diverse student population, demonstrated integrity and strong leadership, and the willingness to be part of a collaborative team.

The University welcomes applicants who are dedicated to enriching the quality of life for students and the community by embracing the educational value of diversity, promoting environmental sustainability, encouraging engaged citizenship, and serving as an intellectual, cultural, and economic resource.

Regis University, inspired by its Jesuit Catholic heritage, has been committed to academic excellence, personal development and community engagement since its founding in 1877. Regis provides values-based education at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission: A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Its motto, “Men and Women in Service of Others,” describes the purpose of Jesuit education: to form men and women who use their knowledge in the unselfish service of others.

Regis is composed of five colleges: the College of Contemporary Liberal Studies, Regis College, College of Computer & Information Sciences, College of Business & Economics, and Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions, which includes the schools of pharmacy, physical therapy and nursing. The University is consistently ranked among top universities, including recognition for 19 consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best colleges and universities in the country.

Regis University's beautiful 100-acre main campus is 15 minutes from the Rocky Mountain foothills and 10 minutes from downtown Denver. Students enjoy the best of both worlds—the personal attention of a small university and the cultural and recreational possibilities of one of the most exciting international cities in the world.

Regis University is being assisted by the partners of Hyatt-Fennell. Nominations and application materials should be submitted to Cheryl Hyatt at Applications include a letter of interest, a current résumé/cv, and contact information for five professional references and should be submitted in separate documents. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and should be submitted prior to March 20, 2017 to receive full consideration. All applications and nominations will be considered highly confidential.

For more information contact:
Cheryl Hyatt - 724-242-0476

Regis University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, religion, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, parental status, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information or any other legally protected status in any of its policies, programs or activities and provides equal access to education.


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