Vice President for Student Affairs

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Vice President for Student Affairs

Job Purpose
Towson University seeks an innovative, strategic and collaborative leader as its Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA). An experienced university-wide leader and student affairs professional, the VPSA brings vision and ambition to promote a culture of inclusion and diversity, student retention and degree completion, student academic and personal development and community engagement.

Towson University (TU) is Maryland’s university of opportunities and known as a leader in academic excellence, research and discovery. With more than 150 years of experience pushing possibilities, Towson University was recently ranked by U.S. News & World Report in the top 100 for public national universities. Also honored as a leading regional university by Princeton Review, TU is one of only a handful of institutions where graduation and retention rates are the same for all students, a result of a deeply inclusive culture with a focus on equity among all students, faculty and staff. Located on a 330-acre campus in Towson, Maryland, just ten miles from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and a short drive or train ride to Washington, D.C., Philadelphia or New York City, Towson offers unmatched opportunities to engage with the state and federal government, elected officials, worldwide embassies, think tanks, the national media and other influencers of public policy in addition to endless cultural, recreational and entertainment attractions.

Reporting to the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and serving as a key member of the senior leadership team and the president's council, the VPSA provides university-wide leadership on all-inclusive services and programs that promote student engagement and success. Central to these efforts will be the development of close partnerships with key university stakeholders, demonstrating sophistication and breadth of engagement to advance the university's mission and vision through effective communication and guidance with student leaders, administration, faculty and staff. The VPSA provides vision, strategic direction and leadership for a division of almost 200 full-time staff that offers a comprehensive range of student programs and services including the Career Center, Counseling Center, Student Case Management, Health Center, Housing & Residence Life, Campus Recreation, Student Activities, Fraternity & Sorority Life, New Student & Family Programs, Student Success Programs, Civic Engagement & Leadership, Student Conduct & Civility Education, Military & Veterans Center and Events & Conference Services.

The successful candidate will be a highly collaborative, skilled and creative leader with exceptional administrative, financial and managerial skills along with proven experience in a dynamic and complex professional environment. The VPSA will convey an energetic and entrepreneurial vision for the division and will further enhance TU’s position as a thought leader in student affairs, diversity, equity and inclusion practices. The VPSA will display a deep commitment to relational leadership, transparency, external engagement, personal integrity and innovative thinking and problem solving. A doctoral degree and proven record of broad and progressive higher education administrative management and leadership experience is strongly preferred.

Salary and Benefits
Towson University offers a competitive salary and full University benefits that include 22 days of annual leave, up to 14 holidays, personal and sick days; excellent health, life, and retirement plans; and tuition remission. To learn more about our benefits, click here.

For more information, please visit TU's Vice President for Student Affairs search page.

To Apply
Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by October 28, 2019. Candidates should provide a resume or curriculum vitae, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the Leadership Profile (PDF) and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. These materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to the Towson University consultants Jen Meyers Pickard, Ph.D., and Sarah Miller at [email protected]. Questions and nominations may also be directed to the consultants through the same email address.

Towson University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to diversity. Women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process due to a physical or mental disability, please send an email to: [email protected].

Towson University is a smoke-free campus.




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Posted: 9/23/2019
Application Due: 11/22/2019
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