Search for the Vice President for Student Affairs
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico
The University of New Mexico (UNM), the state’s flagship institution, seeks a strategic and collaborative leader to serve as the next Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA). The VPSA will be joining the university at a pivotal time to have a transformational impact on UNM students across their multiple campuses while also assisting the leadership team in fulfilling UNM’s many aspirations as they embark on a new strategic plan. As UNM has one of the most diverse student bodies of any flagship university in the nation, and is one of only a handful of Hispanic-Serving Institutions in the U.S. that has a Carnegie Classification of Highest Research Activity (“R1”), it aspires to be a model for how a university can fulfill its missions of academic excellence, research, student success, and access given the changing demographics of the U.S. The successful candidate for this position will be experienced in student affairs and show demonstrated success in supporting and retaining a diverse student body by ensuring a welcoming and robust student life experience.
UNM provides education to approximately 25,000 enrolled students, more than 80% of whom are New Mexico residents. The university also includes a Health Sciences Center with an enrollment of over 3,000 students, branch campuses that enroll over 3,800 students in Gallup, Los Alamos, Taos, and Valencia, technology incubators, and multiple education, clinical, and research sites throughout the state. The student population reflects the ethnically diverse population of New Mexico and includes historically underrepresented groups, including a Hispanic student population of over 40%, some of whom are descendants of Spanish colonists with deep roots in the region while others are recent immigrants from a variety of Latin American nations, Native American students from the state’s many indigenous tribes, and other underrepresented minority backgrounds. It is a point of pride that the university is composed of a cross-section of cultures and backgrounds. UNM has a decades-long commitment to the state’s residents, maintaining low tuition and providing significant scholarship and financial aid to about 80% of undergraduate students and 70% of graduate students, with more than 7,800 UNM students receiving nearly $33.5 million in Pell Grants in the 2020-2021 school year. The University also has a significant impact on the state, serving as one of the state’s largest employers, the largest producer of skilled labor, and operating the state’s largest healthcare system. About 58% of UNM alumni remain in the state and provide valuable contributions to the state’s intellectual life, economy, cultural community, legal and educational systems, healthcare industry, and every other aspect of life in New Mexico.
UNM seeks a collaborative, forward-thinking, and strategic VPSA who can work effectively across the complex university to provide more seamless support for all students while celebrating their unique life experiences and paths to UNM. The VPSA will have the assistance of the entire university community in these efforts, as the VPSA will be joining an environment with an unwavering passion for student access and success, a record of growth and innovation, incredibly dedicated faculty and staff, and the ultimate goal of significantly impacting the State of New Mexico and beyond by promoting academic excellence and ensuring an educated workforce. The next VPSA will address the following key opportunities and challenges:
- Develop a new vision and strategy for the success and wellbeing of a diverse studentbody
- Build stronger partnerships with Academic Affairs and Enrollment Management to ensurea transformational and inclusive student experience for allstudents
- Serve as a highly visible advocate and champion for allstudents
- Inspire a team of passionate student affairsprofessionals
- Creatively augment and steward financialresources
UNM has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries, nominations, referrals, and resumes/CVs with cover letters should be submitted via the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: https://www.imsearch.com/8290.
Lindsay Gold and Evan Layne
1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94111
UNM is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.