Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the University

Lexington, Kentucky
Feb 22, 2019
Executive Administration Jobs
Vice Presidents
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Under the leadership of President Seamus Carey, Transylvania University seeks an accomplished and dynamic academic leader to serve as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the University (VPAA/Dean). The VPAA/Dean will play a key role in leading the faculty and community in concert with the University's new strategic plan, providing vision and direction for enhancing student success, academic programs, and curricular innovation. Transylvania University is a top-tier, independent, residential liberal arts college in Lexington, Kentucky - the state's second largest city with a population of 300,000 and the regional hub for entertainment, sports, the arts, and many other attractions. Founded in 1780, Transylvania University enjoys a long and distinguished history and is ranked in the top 15 percent of the nation’s four-year colleges by The Princeton Review. The University awards the Bachelor of Arts degree in 46 majors; the enrollment is approximately 1,000; the student/faculty ratio is 11 to 1; and 97 percent of the faculty hold a Ph.D. or terminal degree.


The VPAA/Dean reports to the President, is a member of the executive cabinet, and is responsible for enriching and expanding the academic programs while engaging with the faculty and stakeholders to foster an integrative learning environment. The VPAA/Dean oversees the University's four academic divisions, library, writing center, career development, registrar, academic development, first-year experience, and study abroad. The successful candidate will be an accomplished scholar, educator, and administrator, with a terminal degree, and qualifications commensurate with a tenured professor. The successful candidate will manifest a strong commitment to liberal arts education. Candidates should also possess: a commitment to shared governance and collegial problem solving; excellent leadership, management, and communication skills; demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and creatively with faculty to promote the goals of the university; a proven record of appointing, developing, and mentoring faculty; an ability to be an articulate and persuasive interpreter of the university's mission and curriculum to its varied constituencies; prior successful experience in strategic planning, budgeting and assessment; an ability to collaborate effectively with other university leaders, especially cabinet members; an understanding of resource development and partnership with the advancement office; an ability to craft creative, pragmatic solutions that will advance the institution.


Qualified candidates may submit their cover letter and curriculum vitae or resume online by following the job openings link at During the application process you will be asked to upload your resume or curriculum vitae document. Only one (1) document will be allowed at this stage of the application process. As you proceed you will have the opportunity to cut and paste your cover letter when prompted - you will not upload a secondary document. Please direct the cover letter to Alison Begor, Director of Human Resources. Please apply by March 20, 2019, however, resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. Nominations may be sent in confidence to [email protected]; however, all candidates must apply through the above web site. The appointment start date will be contingent upon the selected candidate's availability, preferably no later than July 1, 2019.


Transylvania University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to enhancing the diversity of the university community. In support of this goal, we seek qualified candidates with a wide range of backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences. We embrace diversity and encourage all who are interested to apply.


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