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Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Clemson University
Clemson, SC

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Clemson University is seeking an experienced, engaged, and dynamic leader to serve as the Vice President and Dean of Students for the Division of Student Affairs.

The Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students (VPSA) works closely with the Clemson community and Division of Student Affairs to help deliver the preeminent student experience by setting the direction for student services programs and activities that enhance opportunities for students to succeed.

The Division of Student Affairs is guided by its mission to promote holistic development in inclusive, supportive environments that empower students to thrive. Student Affairs serves as a strategic partner and ensures every student has the best opportunity to excel, graduate with a world-class education and feels empowered and positioned for success beyond their time at Clemson.

The Student Affairs portfolio includes but is not limited to, the VPSA Office, Dean of Students Office, Center for Student Leadership and Engagement, Fraternity/Sorority Life, Office of Community and Ethical Standards, Campus Recreation, Office of Advocacy and Success, Student Health and Wellness Services, Campus Reservations and Events, Student Affairs Business Operations, Military and Veteran Engagement, Residential Living and Resident Learning. For more information on the Division of Student Affairs, visit our website.


The Vice President and Dean of Students,

  • Directs oversight of the Division of Student Affairs portfolio and has shared oversight of Student Affairs Marketing and Communications and Student Affairs Development. Responsible for personnel management, planning of organizational structure, team development and succession planning. Requests and allocates divisional resources in alignment with the division strategic goals, Clemson Elevate, and University goals and objectives. Serves on University committees as appropriate.

  • Promotes positive student relations by maintaining effective lines of communication with student leaders. Serves as a strong advocate for academic, non-academic, extra-curricular and co-curricular needs of students. Builds the national reputation of the university to attract and retain a diverse, high-quality student body.

  • Develops and enhances the assessment of student learning outcomes for activities with the division. Ensures that institutional policies and practices provide fair and equitable treatment of all students. Ensures that all programs and services in the division comply with relevant state and federal laws and University policies. Recommends, develops and implements student service policies, procedures, and practices that foster and promote student learning and student success and support the educational mission of the University.

  • Provides executive-level leadership, strategic planning, oversight and coordination of all units in the Division of Student Affairs in areas of programming, policy development, facilities and fiscal resource management. Provides leadership and guidance for the development and implementation of high-quality and student-centered approaches to support engagement, satisfaction and student success in non-academic dimensions of the university experiences. Supports the academic mission in ways to enhance student success. Serves as a member of the University¿s Executive Leadership Team. Advises the President on all matters related to non-academic student life. Supports and assists the President by providing regular reports and developing resolutions for approval of the President and Board of Trustees.

  • Supports the overall success of Student Affairs by partnering with the Advancement Office to lead philanthropic activities for the Division of Student Affairs.

  • Doctoral Degree in higher education administration or related field from an accredited institution.

  • 15+ years of progressively responsible leadership experience in a higher education setting with experience in student affairs and related areas. Comprehensive knowledge and experience in Student Affairs or related office.

  • Demonstrated commitment to the values and mission of the institution.

  • Comprehensive knowledge of theories, concepts and practices and ability to use in complex, difficult and/or unprecedented situations.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build collaborative relationships with diverse stakeholders, including students, faculty, staff, and community partners.

  • Experience managing large budgets, resources, and personnel within a complex organizational structure.

  • Demonstrated leadership abilities, including strategic planning, decision-making and conflict resolution skills.


Comprehensive Job Knowledge - Comprehensive knowledge of theories and practices and ability to use in complex, difficult and/or unprecedented situations

Manages Work of Others - Manages work of others including hiring, terminating, training and developing, reviewing performance and administering corrective action for staff. Plans organizational structure and job content.

Develops Department Budgets - Responsible for developing one or more departmental budget(s). Estimated amount of budgetary responsibility in dollar amount must be added.


100% - Stand for prolonged period
100% - Sit (stationary position) for prolonged period
100% - Walk or move about
100% - Communicate, converse, give direction, express oneself
100% - Perceive, observe, clarity of vision


No Work Conditions


Standard Hrs: 37.5


Salary commensurate with experience.

Salary is dependent upon several factors including, but not limited to, a candidate's previous experience, knowledge, skills and performance in accordance with Clemson's compensation guidelines.


Essential Level 2 employee

Required to maintain/resume essential support functions, deliver direct care services, and/or provide recovery support before normal operations resume. Some positions in this category may be required to work remotely or be on-call.


Clemson, SC


The Search Committee invites applications (letter of interest, CV, and a list of five references) to be submitted via Interfolio. Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until final candidates are identified. It is preferred, however, that all applications are submitted prior to Thursday, May 23rd, 2024.

Please direct any confidential inquiries, nominations, or questions to the search firm assisting the University:

Parker Executive Search

Porsha Williams, Vice President


Clemson University is proud to allow educational equivalency for military technical certifications and trainings that directly relate to the job duties.

South Carolina is making our Veterans a priority for employment in state agencies and institutions.

State policy for veteran preference states that for qualifying, full-time permanent positions, a veteran applicant may receive preference if they meet the job's minimum qualifications, were discharged under honorable conditions from the military, and submit their DD-214 for confidential review by the Office of Human Resources.

To claim Veteran Preference for qualifying positions, email upon submission of your application.


Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information.


Working at Clemson University

Clemson is a dynamic research university located in Upstate South Carolina at the center of the booming I-85 corridor between Charlotte, N.C., and Atlanta, Ga. One of the nation’s most selective public research universities according to U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Clemson University is the school of choice among top students in South Carolina and is increasingly competitive for the best students in the region and the nation. More than 17,100 students select from 70 undergraduate and 100 graduate degree programs through five academic colleges: Agriculture, Forestry and Life SciencesArchitecture, Arts and HumanitiesBusiness and Behavioral ScienceEngineering and Science; and Health, Education and Human Development.

Clemson’s transformation into a leading research institution — currently attracting in excess of $140 million in externally funded research and sponsored program awards per year — is based upon an academic plan that identifies eight emphasis areas in which the University has opportunities to increase education and research, to align with South Carolina’s economic development needs and to draw upon faculty strengths. Emphasis areas include automotive and transportation technology, advanced materials, biotechnology and biomedical sciences, leadership and entrepreneurship, sustainable environment, information and communication technology, family and community living, and general education.

Major economic development initiatives that have emerged from the academic plan include the Clemson International Center for Automotive Research — a 250-acre campus in Greenville, which has generated more than $225 million in public and private commitments in just four years; an advanced materials initiative at the Clemson Research Park, which includes a new LEED Silver-certified facility; and the South Carolina Health Sciences Collaborative — an initiative of the state’s three research universities and major health-care systems.

As the state’s land-grant university, Clemson reaches out to citizens, communities and businesses all over South Carolina. The Public Service Activities division includes the county-based Cooperative Extension Service, five off-campus research and education centers through the Clemson University Experiment Station and critical regulatory responsibilities for plant and animal health.

The University boasts a 1,400-acre campus on the shores of Lake Hartwell within view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Surrounding the campus are 18,000 acres of University farms and woodlands devoted to research. A warm campus environment, great weather and recreational activities offered by proximity to both the natural surroundings and large cities are part of the Clemson Experience.


Points of interest at Clemson include the following:

The Clemson Conference Center and Inn is a state-of-the-art facility for symposia, meetings, seminars and special events. The complex includes the Madren Continuing Education and Conference Center, the Walker Golf Course and the Martin Inn.

The South Carolina Botanical Garden, a 295-acre public garden, features several thousand varieties of ornamental plants and a unique collection of nature-based sculptures.

The Robert Howell Brooks Center for the Performing Arts brings an exciting array of concert, theater, dance, comedy and other live performances to the community.

The Robert Campbell Geology Museum at the Botanical Garden displays meteorites, minerals, dinosaur fossils and the largest faceted-stone collection in the Southeast.

The T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena is a showplace for livestock activities in the state and has hosted horse and livestock shows, rodeos, sales, 4-H activities, educational programs, and industrial and agricultural exhibitions.

Fort Hill, the home of John C. Calhoun and later of his son-in-law, University founder Thomas Green Clemson, is a registered National Historic Landmark located in the center of campus.

The Class of 1944 Visitors Center is the front door to Clemson — a friendly place to get tours, information, assistance and an introduction to this beautiful, historic university and community.

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