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Associate Vice-President for Academic Affairs - Rochester Center

Winona State University
Rochester, Minnesota (US)
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Winona State University invites you to join our Community of Learners as the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs – Winona State University (WSU) Rochester.

About the Position:  The Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) is responsible for leading the WSU-Rochester campus in the greater Rochester region, including Rochester Community & Technical College (RCTC), downtown, and other locations. The Associate VPAA is responsible for creating sustainable and collaborative relationships to facilitate academic programming, working closely with university leadership (Academic Affairs, IT, Student Life and Development, Finance, HR and Advancement) to connect student services and programs, and managing budget development and allocation. Working with academic deans and Adult Continuing Education (ACE), this position provides vision, leadership, and management oversight for academic programs, manages shared spaces/services/resources/activities, and support for graduate, undergraduate and online programs including micro-courses and certificates conducted through WSU-Rochester. The position represents the Rochester campus on university, local, and statewide graduate and undergraduate meetings and committees.

About WSU-Rochester: Since 1917, the growing city of Rochester provides Winona State University with unique opportunities to offer specialized undergraduate and graduate programs aimed at key industries in the area. WSU-Rochester’s strong “commitment to community” is evident as students, faculty, and staff from a variety of programs engage in experiential community-based learning in area organizations, businesses, and schools. Our Rochester location offers flexible course delivery methods—such as in person, hybrid, online, nights, and weekends—making it possible to elevate your career on your own timeline. WSU-Rochester consists of 3 different locations throughout Rochester, MN. The WSU-Rochester campus is just minutes from downtown Rochester, 50 miles west of Winona, and 85 miles south of Minneapolis.


About the Rochester, Minnesota Community:  Located on rolling bluffs of the Zumbro River’s south fork in SE Minnesota, Rochester is the county seat of Olmsted County. As identified in the 2020 census, the city had a population of 121,395, making it Minnesota’s third-largest city. The Rochester metropolitan area, which also includes the nearby rural agricultural areas, had a population of 226,329. Rochester is its own special place. It’s home to the world-renowned Mayo Clinic, leading the way in life science discoveries and health care innovations. It’s where developers are building an epicenter fueled by economic boom and dramatic growth. It’s where entrepreneurs come to find their place and discover the next big thing. 

Qualifications: An earned Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution (An earned doctorate or other terminal degree from a regionally accredited institution preferred) and a combination of higher education and administration experience (with increasing levels of responsibility), with a track record of successful experience and accomplishments in leadership, supervision, and innovation.

How to Apply:  Please go to Applications received by June 30, 2023 will be given priority consideration.


WSU is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and is an equal opportunity educator and employer.


Founded in 1858, Winona State University is a comprehensive, regional public university with over 8,000 students. The oldest member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, Winona State offers 80 undergraduate, pre-professional, licensure a


nd graduate programs on its three campuses: the original Main Campus in Winona, the West Campus in Winona, and Winona State University-Rochester Center.

Located in the beautiful bluff country of the Mississippi River Valley (2 1/2 hours from Minneapolis-St. Paul, 4 hours from Milwaukee and 4 1/2 hours from Chicago), the Winona campus is largely residential and primarily serves a traditional student age population, while the Rochester campus serves primarily non-traditional students. The Institute for Lifelong Education, headquartered on the Rochester campus, meets the needs of the non-traditional student on each campus and provides the structure for outreach activities compatible with the mission of WSU. Commonly-held principles help Winona State University prepare undergraduate and graduate students on both campuses. We value differences and work collaboratively, continuing a legacy of a century-and-a-half of service.

The University is structured into five colleges: Business, Education, Liberal Arts, Nursing and Health Sciences and Science and Engineering. It is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. We are an exemplary arts and sciences institution with select professional and graduate programs anchored in a general education core. As a mid-sized public university, we are committed to retaining small class sizes and to challengwinona_state_university3.jpging students by maintaining rigorous academic standards. Faculty and administration are involved with students, facilitate cooperative and active learning, provide prompt feedback, emphasize time on task, communicate high expectations, and respect our students’ diverse talents and ways of knowing. Faculty are dedicated to creating an optimal learning environment for students by using contemporary technology and by building learning communities which help students maximize their post-graduation successes. Students acquire the disciplinary expertisewinona_state_university1.jpg enabling them to pursue careers or enter graduate or professional schools. They learn the value of aesthetics and ethical integrity, along with the importance of becoming community leaders and furthering the public good.

Winona State University recognizes that many of the learning experiences of college occur outside the classroom. It therefore is committed to building and maintaining a caring community. On both campuses, community members strive for amicable relationships based on shared values and an affirmation of the principle of freedom of speech within an atmosphere of civility and mutual respect. Governed by collective bargaining agreements and guided by principled leadership, we respect diversity and collaborate to resolve issues that affect us all. We celebrate our common successes and our distinctive heritage.

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