Vice Chancellor for Student Development

Chattanooga, Tennessee
Jul 26, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution



          Vice Chancellor for Student Development


The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) is seeking a Vice Chancellor for Student Development (VCSD), one who is an accomplished leader, organizational builder, educator, and manager to lead its Student Development (Student Affairs/Student Life) division. The Vice Chancellor reports directly to Chancellor Steven Angle and serves as a member of the Chancellor’s Executive Leadership Team.  The person holding this position participates in strategy formulation, policymaking activities, intermediate and long-range planning, and campus development projects.


The Vice Chancellor is responsible for student development programs and services provided to students through the various departments in the division. Providing leadership and strategic vision to the division in the coordination of the efforts of the various departments, this executive leads student engagement, activities, outreach, student conduct, multicultural and veteran student affairs, disability services, Greek life/leadership, the University Center, the Women’s Center, campus recreation, and university housing and residential life. The Vice Chancellor collaborates with other divisions of the University, with particular emphasis on its collaboration with Academic Affairs, to enhance the student experience, develop extracurricular and experiential learning opportunities, and to provide substantive experiences beyond the classroom. As such, the Vice Chancellor will have evidence of establishing authentic student learning outcomes with appropriate assessment strategies.


The VCSD will be expected to provide leadership towards progress of a more responsive, effective direction for Student Development and assist the university in executing its strategic plan while also solidifying the many changes that have been introduced under Chancellor Angle. While separate from the Office of Academic Affairs, the new leader will be asked to cooperate and integrate more completely and strategically with the academic side of the administration.  In total, this Vice Chancellor will need to be an accomplished organizational planner and builder, an able manager, and possess a facility for devising and instilling a new institutional culture to guide the redevelopment of this important division.


This executive will be a member of the following university committees: the Chancellor's Executive Leadership Team, Facilities Planning Committee, University Planning and Resource Allocation Committee, UT System Committee, Athletics Advisory Board, Chancellor’s Student Advisory Board, Student Success Steering Committee, Policy and Procedures Committee, Student Media Board, and serve as Chief Student Affairs Officer. Additionally, the Vice Chancellor will be an ex officio member of the Chancellor’s Multicultural Advisory Council and Chancellor’s Roundtable.   


The next Vice Chancellor must also be intimately familiar with the budgetary challenges facing a state system of higher education and be able to provide guidance to the academic community as these funding changes are negotiated.  Aside from state funds, student tuition, and mandatory fees, the University has a strong working partnership with the University of Chattanooga Foundation that solely supports the University’s efforts through endowed scholarship and other strategic initiatives, distributing $1.8 million annually to the University.

UTC has a master plan for campus facilities that involves the construction of several new buildings and building renovations.  The top priorities, which require approval from the University of Tennessee System followed by funding from the State of Tennessee, are as follows:

1.  New Health Sciences Building                              $95,000,000

2.  Mclellan Gym Renovation                                     $25,200,000

3.  Hunter Hall Renovation                                         $15,100,000


Preferred Qualifications:

The University requires the candidate has the following professional qualifications and personal characteristics. Candidates will be evaluated on their respective abilities to meet UTC’s expectations in these areas:

  • An earned doctorate preferably in Higher Education, Leadership, College Student Personnel, or a related area;
  • A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in supervising significant departments and demonstrating executive leadership capabilities;
  • Documented ability to establish relationships and partnerships with other members of the academic community, with particular successes working with partners in Academic Affairs;
  • A proven record of working with people from diverse cultural, religious, and ethnic backgrounds;
  • Knowledge and skills in retention initiatives, budget preparation and fiscal management;
  • Experience in working with Residential Life/Housing;
  • The facility to engage with students and community constituents;
  • Knowledge of student development/affairs theory and student development/affairs trends in higher education, including issues such as Title IX, multicultural affairs, and student success;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and judgement, the ability to resolve conflict and the ability to make sound ethical decisions;
  • Understanding and experience dealing with or leading student conduct units and Title IX compliance;
  • Experience in strategic planning, assessment and budgeting, along with the ability to lead a program of strategic cultural change within a university environment.

An application package should be submitted prior to September 13, 2017. Review of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until an appointment is made. Application materials must include (1) a letter of interest, which addresses the applicant's qualifications for, and interest in, the position, including a discussion of the critical leadership issues present; (2) a current resume; and (3) the names, email and business addresses, and telephone numbers of at least five professional references. Submission of materials as an MS Word attachment (or pdf) is strongly encouraged.

The University of Tennessee Chattanooga is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

Interested candidates are encouraged to submit materials prior to the above deadline to the search firm assisting The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Electronic submissions are preferred and should be sent to:

Buddy LeTourneau, Principal


BLT Consulting         



Individuals wishing to nominate candidates for the position should submit the person's name and institution to the search firm using the contact information above. Additional information (including contact information and comments) is welcome, but not required.

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