Dean of Students
Dean of Students
Amherst College, one of the nation’s premier liberal arts colleges, seeks a Dean of Students to partner with the Chief Student Affairs Officer to lead the College’s efforts to provide an exemplary student experience. Reporting to the Chief Student Affairs Officer, the next Dean of Students will be a campus leader, a builder of community, and a talented administrator of broad reach and high visibility. S/he will play a significant role in the experience of all Amherst students and will enhance the quality of life in the Amherst community at a time of crucial cultural change and transition.
This is a tremendous opportunity for a seasoned student affairs professional with a deep understanding of, and commitment to, the values of an inclusive, residential liberal arts education to join Amherst. The College is deeply committed to and has ambitious plans for the next phase of student affairs. The Dean of Students will join Amherst at a propitious moment in time and have the opportunity to leave a lasting impact on the student experience for years to come. The position demands creative leadership, a results orientation, and a thorough understanding of the best practices in student affairs. Success will require understanding and optimizing the interdependence of the curricular and co-curricular aspects of the students’ education.
Founded in 1821, Amherst College has a long tradition of academic excellence. Today, it is one of the most selective and diverse liberal arts colleges in the nation. It has a distinguished faculty of 200 teacher-scholars educating a student population of 1,785 men and women. Its exceptional students are drawn by the open curriculum, the intimacy of instruction, the diversity of the student body, and the College's reputation for excellence.
To identify a new Dean of Students, President Biddy Martin has named an eight member search committee that includes faculty, students, and administrators. The committee will be co-chaired by Nicola Courtright, Professor of Art and the History of Art, and Suzanne Coffey, the Chief Student Affairs Officer. The committee will be assisted by the executive search firm Isaacson, Miller. Review of applications, nominations and expressions of interest will begin immediately and continue on a confidential basis until an appointment is made. Nominations, applications, and inquiries should be sent in confidence to:
Ponneh Varho, Principal
Ben Tobin, Senior Associate
Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. The College is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration and staff.