Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Grand Valley State University
Allendale, Michigan
Jan 16, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Grand Valley State University is a comprehensive, selective, public university that provides a wide array of fully accredited academic programs, each building on a longstanding commitment to education in the liberal tradition.  Grand Valley attracts more than 25,000 students with its high-quality programs and state-of-the-art facilities.  The university offers 88 undergraduate and 38 graduate degrees, and it has a vibrant campus life supported by a 6,000 bed auxiliary housing system, strong student government, and over 400 student organizations. Grand Valley’s main campuses are located close to Lake Michigan amidst the natural beauty of West Michigan and in the center of a thriving metropolitan area with a population of 1.1 million.

Reporting to the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, the Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students serves as the senior student affairs officer and provides leadership for the Division of Student Services which includes Campus Recreation, Career Center, Children’s Enrichment Center, Dean of Students Office, Health Center, Housing and Residence Life, Kirkhof Student Center, Student Life and Event Services, Student Academic Success Center, and University Counseling Center.  The Vice Provost is responsible for planning/evaluating student programs and services; developing/managing budgets and facilities; recruiting, developing, and supervising staff; serving on the university retention committee; advocating for students; administering the University’s Commencement ceremonies; and collaborating with university and community constituencies. Priorities of the Division of Student Services include facilitating learning through active student engagement; providing support services so students can be successful in their academic and personal lives; creating a safe environment that supports learning; and collaborating with the College Student Affairs Leadership (CSAL) program to employ and educate graduate students.

An earned doctorate in Student Affairs Administration, Higher Education, Counseling, or a related area and ten years of experience in post-secondary student affairs are required. Experience supervising multiple student affairs departments is preferred. The ideal candidate will possess strong organizational, assessment, presentation, and interpersonal communication skills, and must demonstrate effective leadership, strategic planning, writing, and intercultural skills. 

Review of applications will begin February 16, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Mark Hall at [email protected]. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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Grand Valley State University – Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Mark A. Hall, Vice President, Spelman Johnson

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