Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Harvey Mudd College
Claremont, California
Commensurate with experience.
Jan 31, 2018
Executive Administration Jobs
Deans, Vice Presidents
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Harvey Mudd College, a highly selective undergraduate college of science and engineering and a member of The Claremont Colleges, announces the search for the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students. The Vice President/Dean provides vision, direction and strategic leadership to facilitate the growth, personal and academic achievement, and career success for Harvey Mudd College students through comprehensive student life programs and services that complement, support and enhance the mission of the College. The VP/Dean leads the Division of Student Affairs and oversees coordination of programs, facilities, resources and support aligned with Harvey Mudd College’s academic mission to enhance student learning and growth. The VP/Dean oversees the following offices within the Division of Student Affairs: Career Services, Community Engagement, Health and Wellness, and Diversity. In collaboration with the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs (AVPSA), the VP/Dean also oversees the activities and staff of the offices of Campus Life and Residential Life.

Reporting to President Maria Klawe, Ph.D., the VP/Dean is a member of the President’s Cabinet and provides support to the Trustee Student Affairs Committee. The VP/Dean serves as a voting member of the faculty. The Division of Student Affairs is an integral part of the campus community: the VP/Dean works collaboratively with all areas of the College and interacts regularly with student affairs colleagues at the other Claremont Colleges. The Harvey Mudd Honor Code is a particular point of pride at the College: students value self-governance and the spirit of collaboration and high achievement that is deeply woven into the culture.

Harvey Mudd College is known for being a leader and innovator in science, technology, mathematics and engineering education. Its mission is to “…educate engineers, scientists and mathematicians, well versed in all of these areas and in the humanities and the social sciences so that they may assume leadership in their fields with a clear understanding of the impact of their work on society.”  Almost all of the College’s 844 undergraduate students live on the campus (male/female ratio: 52/48%) and enjoy close and supportive relationships with the faculty, staff and each other. Students greatly value their voice in decision making: the VP/Dean will have experience with and enjoy a highly visible role in an environment of close interaction with students and colleagues. The college ranks among the country’s best by many measures: in the 2018 US News and World Report rankings, Harvey Mudd College is tied for No. 1 for Best Engineering Program; tied for No. 5 for Campus Ethnic Diversity; and tied in a group of six at No. 12 for Best National Liberal Arts College.

A master’s degree is required; a doctoral degree is preferred. The VP Dean will have significant experience in a leadership role in student affairs with proven ability to supervise, mentor, motivate and develop a talented and committed staff. The VP/Dean will support the further development of an inclusive environment that fosters teamwork and is committed to delivering the highest level of programs and services to students. The appointment is available July 1, 2018.

Candidates should send a resume, cover letter and list of five references to For full consideration, materials should be received not later than March 18, 2018. Please direct questions to the Witt/Kieffer consultants supporting this search Sheila Murphy and Kim Brettschneider.

Harvey Mudd College is committed to promoting and maintaining a learning and work environment that offers equal opportunity to faculty, staff, and students and to all applicants for employment. As part of its mission, the College is committed to prohibiting unlawful discrimination or harassment in employment decisions and any of its employment policies, procedures and practices; admission policies; educational programs; scholarship and loan programs; and other college-administered programs and activities because of a person’s race, color, religion, national origin, ethnic origin, ancestry, citizenship, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender (including gender identity and expression), marital status, age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic characteristics, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. The College also prohibits discrimination and harassment based on the perception that anyone has any of these characteristics or is associated with a person who has, or is perceived as having, any of these characteristics. Consistent with state and federal law, reasonable accommodation will be provided to persons with disabilities and/or to accommodate religious practices.

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