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Associate Vice President for Community and Student Success

Higher Education Leadership Search
Campbellsville, Kentucky
Salary is commensurate with experience and education

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Administrative Jobs
Institutional & Business Affairs, Diversity & Inclusion
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

About Campbellsville University

Founded in 1906, Campbellsville University is a private Kentucky-based Christian institution dedicated to academic excellence solidly grounded in the liberal arts. The University, located in Campbellsville, fosters personal growth, integrity and professional preparation within a caring environment, preparing students as Christian servant leaders for life-long learning, continued scholarship, and active participation in a diverse, global society. 

Core values include fostering academic excellence through pre-professional certificates, associates, baccalaureate, masters and doctoral programs; providing an environment conducive for student success; upholding the dignity of all persons; valuing diverse perspectives within a Christ-centered community; and modeling servant leadership through effective stewardship.

Campbellsville University, which has been ranked in U.S. News’ “America’s Best Colleges” for 26 consecutive years, offers its 9,769 (Fall 2023) students more than 120 programs of study including Ph.D., 47 master’s degrees, six postgraduate areas and seven pre-professional programs. Additionally there are 57 fully online academic programs, including six associate’s, eight bachelor’s and 31 master’s degrees, as well as 12 certificates/endorsements. The faculty/student radio is 14:1.  Most recently, Campbellsville University opened the first and only school of Chiropractic Medicine in Kentucky, which is located in Harrodsburg at the Conover Educational Center.

The University is home to one of the most diverse student populations in Kentucky, as more than 20 percent of students identify as members of minorities or underrepresented population groups from nearly 50 countries. U.S. News & World Report ranked Campbellsville University in the top 10 universities in the South for international education, having the largest proportions of international undergraduate students.

Athletically Campbellsville’s 28 teams, known as the Tigers and Lady Tigers, compete in 18 NAIA – Mid-South Conference sports, winning 69 regular season and 42 conference champions as well as 21 individual and team national championships, including four in 2021-22. The University has a strong intramural program as well.

In additional to athletics being an important part of the Campbellsville campus, CU–Harrodsburg, known as the Pioneers, boasts eight teams that compete in the Midwest region of the National Christian College Athletic Association. The Pioneers have won one team national championship in 2021-22, and three additional sports compete nationally. 

Campbellsville University's Campbellsville campus is located one-half mile from downtown Campbellsville, 82 miles southwest of Lexington, and 80 miles southeast of Louisville. Additionally the University has off-campus centers throughout the Commonwealth in Louisville, Harrodsburg, Hodgenville, Owensboro, Somerset and Windsor-Ontario. In 2019, the University opened an education center in Los Angeles in a partnership with the Phillips Graduate Institute to offer a Master of Marriage and Family Therapy. 

For more information about the University, visit

About the Position

Campbellsville University invites applications and nominations for the position of Associate Vice President for Community and Student Success to begin January 2024.

Campbellsville University is seeking a dedicated and visionary leader to oversee the University’s efforts as it pertains to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) as we continue to enhance the university’s efforts

in creating a loving and supportive campus community. Reporting to the Provost and Vice

President for Academic Affairs, the Associate Vice President will play a pivotal role in promoting student retention, fostering a sense of belonging, and building a community of support for students from diverse backgrounds.

This position requires a dynamic leader with a deep commitment to equity, Campbellsville University’s commitment to an authentic Christ-centered mission, and the advancement of underrepresented groups.


  • Strategic Leadership: Develop and implement comprehensive strategy that aligns with the university’s mission and goals. Collaborate with university leadership to integrate DEIA principles into all aspects of the student experience, curriculum, campus life, and employment practices.
  • Student Retention: Design and execute initiatives aimed at improving student retention rates, especially among historically marginalized and underrepresented groups. Collaborate with academic advisors, faculty, and student affairs professionals to identify and address retention challenges.
  • Community Building: Create and nurture a vibrant and inclusive campus community by organizing events, workshops, and activities that promote intercultural understanding, dialogue, and collaboration.
  • Teaching: Preference will be given to candidates who can teach coursework in the undergraduate or graduate areas.
  • Cultivate a Sense of Belonging: Develop and implement programs that enhance the sense of belonging for all students, with a special focus on those who may feel marginalized. Provide resources and support systems to help students navigate challenges related to their identities.
  • Partnership and Collaboration: Collaborate with academic departments, student organizations, and external stakeholders to create a network of support for students. Data Analysis: Collect, analyze, and present data related to student experiences, retention rates, and campus climate. Use data-driven insights to identify trends, areas of improvement, and success stories.
  • Training and Education: Develop and deliver training programs for faculty, staff, and students on DEIA topics to foster a more inclusive campus environment. Stay current with best practices and research in DEIA to continuously enhance the university’s efforts.
  • Policy and Advocacy: Collaborate with university administration to review and update policies that impact diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus. Serve as an advocate for underrepresented students and contribute to policy discussions.
  • Resource Allocation: Manage the allocation of resources, including budget and staff, to effectively implement DEIA initiatives and programs.


• A master’s degree in a related field (such as Education, Diversity Studies, Social Work, or a relevant discipline). A Ph.D. is preferred.

• A minimum of 3 years of experience in leading diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in an educational setting.

• Strong interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to collaborate effectively across various departments and stakeholders.

• Experience in designing and implementing student support programs and initiatives.

• Data-driven mindset with the ability to analyze and interpret data to inform decision-making.

• Proficiency in creating and delivering training programs and workshops.

• A passion for promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in higher education.

Salary is commensurate with education and experience

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Geralyn Franklin, Ph.D. will be assisting the Campbellsville University with the search. If you have questions or would like to have a confidential conversation about the position, call 256-239-2305 or e-mail

Candidates for this position will be considered through October 20, 2023

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