Vice Provost for Admissions and Financial Aid

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Sep 21, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Lehigh University seeks an experienced and innovative admissions leader and strategist to serve as its next Vice Provost for Admissions and Financial Aid (VP). This is a remarkable moment in the history of Lehigh: in October, 2016, President John Simon launched a bold and ambitious plan for the University, which includes a series of sweeping, decisive steps to propel Lehigh forward. This plan, unanimously endorsed by the Board of Trustees, will bring important and lasting change to Lehigh, including significant growth in undergraduate and graduate student enrollment, the recruitment of 100 new faculty, the establishment of a new college of health, the construction of new academic buildings and student housing, and the renovations of buildings and facilities all across campus. The Vice Provost will have the tremendous opportunity to craft and shape a vision for strategic student recruitment of the largest classes in Lehigh’s history. Over the last decade, Lehigh has significantly increased the diversity of its student body and has a deep commitment to further growing the percentage of first generation college students. In December, 2016, Lehigh joined 29 colleges and universities in the American Talent Initiative (ATI), supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, with a commitment to enrolling and supporting lower-income students at institutions with the highest graduation rates. Within the plan for growth Lehigh will continue to seek outstanding students, and especially those who will continue to increase the diversity of the student community.

In the coming decade, Lehigh’s goal is to build on its success as a premier residential research university, internationally recognized for research excellence and a distinctive student experience. Lehigh is well positioned to provide a unique higher education experience by combining a research university with a student-centered residential college. It is distinctive in having both a campus setting and core strengths similar to a liberal arts college, as well as strong programs in business, engineering, sciences, and education. The University ranks highly nationally, and competes vigorously, with the most academically distinguished universities for innovative programming, path-breaking scholarship, and excellent students, faculty and staff. At this time of ambitious growth and transformation, Lehigh seeks an innovative and transformative leader to serve as an active and trusted partner of the President and the Provost in shaping the new Lehigh.

The VP is responsible for managing the Offices of Admissions and Financial Aid and the Enrollment Services Center, with a total of about 40 professional and support staff members and an operating budget of approximately $1 million. The VP works closely with a variety of campus and external organizations and, in particular, advises the Enrollment Management Committee (EM) as it develops admissions policy for the campus. Under the direction of Deputy Provost for Academic Affairs, the VP will join in efforts to increase student retention and graduation rates. The VP reports to the Provost, working closely with the President, Vice Provost for Student Affairs, Deans, faculty leadership, and other senior executives across the campus.

The successful candidate will possess a demonstrated knowledge of the major elements of and current best practices in successful programs for admissions and financial aid management, and an in-depth understanding of student market trends and prospect development. Candidates must also possess excellent analytical, communication, and interpersonal skills, be committed to the University’s values of excellence and dedication to diversity, and be prepared to join academic and administrative colleagues in maintaining the high quality of education for its students while moving the institution forward in national and international prominence.

Please direct all inquiries, expressions of interest, and nominations in confidence electronically to: Sean Farrell or Katherine Stellato at Isaacson, Miller:

Lehigh University provides comprehensive benefits, including partner benefits. Lehigh University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.


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