Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College

Location
Sweet Briar, Virginia
Posted
Mar 07, 2019
Executive Administration Jobs
Deans, Vice Presidents
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Description:

Sweet Briar College is a liberal arts college for women of consequence, located in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains approximately 12 miles north of Lynchburg and 54 miles south of Charlottesville. Founded in 1901, the College boasts a modern core curriculum focused on women’s leadership in the 21st century and undergraduate programs in the arts, sciences and humanities, as well as a Master of Arts in Teaching. It is one of only two women’s colleges in the United States with an ABET-accredited engineering degree. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Sweet Briar College is committed to enhancing our community and encourages applications from qualified individuals with varied backgrounds, experiences and ideas who would increase the diversity of the College.

 

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College


Sweet Briar College
Sweet Briar College (Sweet Briar, VA), recognized by U.S. News & World Report in the fall of 2018 as one of the “Most Innovative Schools” in the nation, invites nominations and applications for a new Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College.
Reporting to the President and serving as a member of the senior leadership team of the College, the VPAA and Dean of the College will oversee a broad portfolio (academic divisions and academic support functions) and will play a key leadership role at an institution that has been recognized nationally for its commitment to cultivating the habits of mind – in problem-solving, decision-making, and creativity – that are critical for leaders. He or she will contribute significantly to the inspiring work of establishing Sweet Briar College as one of the most innovative liberal arts colleges in the country that is recognized for excellence in select areas.
The College was founded in 1901 as a women’s college and remains dedicated to that mission. In 2015 when the administration attempted to close the College, thousands of alumnae immediately rallied to form a nonprofit - Saving Sweet Briar – and keep the college open. They hired a legal team, began an unprecedented fundraising campaign raising $21.5 million in pledges in 110 days, and set out to redefine its brand to be relevant for the 21st century. Between 2015 and 2018, Sweet Briar alumnae and friends contributed $53.7 million dollars in support of the College, thus ensuring not only that Sweet Briar would continue to educate women of consequence but also laying a foundation for the College’s future innovation and leadership among all liberal arts colleges.


In 2017 Meredith Woo became the 13th president, and since then the College has launched a bold academic program that integrates the liberal arts with women’s leadership to prepare graduates as problem solvers for today’s world. The College has also overhauled its budget structure and reset the tuition-pricing model to make the true cost transparent and predictable and to signal the College’s commitment to affordability. The next Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College will be a steadfast leader with exceptional change management experience who inspires the confidence of the administration, faculty, students, staff, and alumnae.
 

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