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Vice President for Finance and Administration

Ursinus College
Collegeville, PA

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DepartmentFinance and AdministrationOverview

Ursinus College, a national residential liberal arts institution well known for a pioneering curricular philosophy that fuses the academic and residential experience, invites inquiries and applications for a collaborative, creative, and bold leader to join this exceptional campus community as vice president for finance and administration (VPFA).

This is a role for an enterprising individual willing to take initiative and think untraditionally about the higher education business model. A penchant for entrepreneurial thinking is a must, as is the willingness to explore unconventional strategies with a highly collegial campus culture and leadership team. Strong candidacies will require a substantial track record of financial, administrative, and organizational achievements, experience in successful financial and strategic planning, and the courage to make and effectively communicate informed decisions. An innovative spirit, exceptional financial acumen, data analysis expertise, and strong interpersonal and communication skills are critical to this role’s success.

Ursinus has been passionately dedicated to undergraduate-focused liberal education since our founding 153 years ago — a reason why Ursinus was one of the inaugural members of Colleges that Change Lives. As “a star of the first magnitude in the small galaxy of colleges,” Ursinus remains one of just 44 colleges nationwide that holds that unique designation. With 1,500 students located on a 170-acre campus, Ursinus is unwavering in its vision to make personalized, undergraduate education more valuable and accessible than ever.

The college is located just 25 miles from Center City Philadelphia in the town of Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Montgomery County, in which Ursinus sits at the heart, is the ninth best place in the United States to raise a family, according to Forbes. In addition, Ursinus ranks among the top 100 national liberal arts colleges by U.S. News, where they are #74 for Best Value Schools and tied for #70 for social mobility.


The VPFA will have an exciting chance to partner with newly-inaugurated President Robyn Hannigan, Ph.D., and the college’s new Board Chair, Joseph M. DeSimone, Ph.D., ’86 P’12. These leaders are both talented and inspired academicians, with impressive accomplishments in the private sector. This individual will serve as the liaison to several critical committees of an engaged board of trustees. Under this new leadership, collaboration with existing colleagues will set the stage for an era of prosperity and transparency at Ursinus College. The new strategic plan, ambitiously titled “Every Student’s Success,” is scheduled for approval in the spring of 2023 and presents an excellent vehicle to ensure meaningful and sustained growth. This is a coveted leadership opportunity for the new VPFA.

The VPFA has a board portfolio and supervises business and related activities, including controller/accounting functions, capital and operating budgets, human resources, payroll, investment/endowment strategy and management, facilities operations, environmental health and safety, and contractual relationships with third party vendors providing services to the college.


The Vice President for Finance and Administration Search Committee will begin reviewing candidate materials in mid-November. To receive full consideration, materials should be received on or before November 28, 2022, with anticipated announcement of a new vice president for finance and administration in January, 2023. Starting date to be determined in consultation with the successful candidate.

Ursinus College is committed to creating a diverse community. In furtherance of that commitment, the college encourages candidates who bring a diversity of experiences and perspectives, and who are from diverse backgrounds, underrepresented groups, and have had experience working with and/or interacting with individuals from diverse populations to apply.

The search profile, with additional information about the College, the opportunities for the VPFA, and instructions for application, may be found at:

All application materials will be received in full confidence and should be submitted electronically to: [email protected]

Applications should include:

  • A letter of interest reflecting on the leadership attributes noted above
  • A resume
  • The names, email addresses and telephone numbers of five references

References will not be contacted without first securing the permission of the candidate.

Inquiries and nominations should be directed to:

Melinda L. M. Leonardo, Ph.D.
Executive Search Consultant
AGB Search
[email protected]
(919) 280-4901

Frederick V. Moore, J.D/M.B.A.
Senior Executive Search Consultant
AGB Search
[email protected]
(712) 299-2544

Additional Information about Ursinus College may be found at www.ursinus .edu

Ursinus is an EO/AA employer. Ursinus College does not discriminate on grounds of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, age, creed, ancestry, veteran status, marital status, disability, or other classification protected by applicable law in the administration of any of its educational programs or activities or with respect to employment.


About Ursinus College

  • Founded in 1869
  • First admitted women in 1880
  • 1,650 students from 35 states and 12 countries
  • 20% students of color
  • 12 to 1 student-faculty ratio
  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
  • All students and faculty are issued laptop computers
  • Nationally renowned First-Year Experience, including the Common Intellectual Experience(CIE) Freshmen Seminar
  • Over 60 courses of study, including a variety of interdisciplinary programs.
  • The Center for Science and The Common Good offers students the opportunity to focus on the intersection of science and society.
  • Idyllic 170-acre campus 25 miles from Philadelphia
  • Member of Phi Beta Kappa, the Watson Foundation list, Project Pericles, Bonner Leader Program
  • Member of Project DEEP, the Annapolis Group, the Centennial Conference
  • Home to the Berman Museum of Art
  • U-Imagine Center for Integrative and Entrpreneurial Studies

The College's most important assets are its faculty and staff. From time to time, a variety of job opportunities are available, both part-time and full-time. Ursinus is an ideal workplace where there are excellent resources and benefits and, of course, great people. The campus is beautiful and the students keep you young.

Ursinus College is committed to the celebration of and respect for human diversity.

Ursinus College does not discriminate on grounds of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, creed, ancestry, veteran status, marital status, disability, or other classification protected by applicable law with respect to all aspects of employment.

Ursinus College complies with all federal, state, and local statutes and regulations governing employment practices.

Ursinus College is an equal employment/affirmative action employer.

All employees are expected to abide by Ursinus College’s equal employment/affirmative action policy.

Specifically, in matters affecting employment and application for employment, the College will take affirmative action to ensure that each employee and applicant, regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, creed, ancestry, veteran status, marital status, or disability (except as limitations may be mandate by law) is accorded equal treatment with respect to terms and conditions of employment, including recruitment, hiring, placement, and opportunities for advancement. The College will make good-faith efforts to enhance employment opportunities for minorities and women compatible with the availability of qualified candidates in relevant employment markets in which Ursinus College is able to recruit.

Ursinus College is committed to the celebration of and respect for human diversity.  We believe that human beings derive meaning and purpose through their membership in groups as well as through their common humanity and their uniqueness as individuals.  Intellectual and personal growth are enhanced by understanding and appreciating the similarities and differences among groups and individuals.

The celebration of, and respect for, human diversity at Ursinus is based on the following:

  • The principles of freedom and the quality of individuals as expressed in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States.
  • The practical goal of preparing students to make significant contributions in an emerging global community.  All communities -- local, national and global -- are stronger and richer to the extent that individuals within them are able to communicate and to affirm life-enhancing values.
  • Individuals whose education has been grounded on mutual understanding and the celebration of human diversity are best prepared to contribute to the making of a just and equitable society.

This statement on human diversity should inform and guide the Ursinus College community as it establishes and implements educational and administrative policies and practices.  These ideals seem especially relevant to those policies and practices that touch upon race, ethnicity, age, religion, sexual orientation and gender, and all other aspects which tend to differentiate human groups.

In making this statement on human diversity, Ursinus College at the same time acknowledges the primary importance in an educational community of the diversity of ideas expressed in the pursuit of truth by all reasonable and free minds in an atmosphere of intellectual openness.

This statement on human diversity at Ursinus College has been developed in the context of the mission statement of the College and the institutional values generated by the mission.

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