The University of Delaware, the largest public university in the State, has announced the search for its next vice president for student life who will serve as the senior student affairs administrator responsible for all aspects of student life for approximately 19,000 undergraduate and 4,000 graduate students. In recognition of the critical importance of the student experience and in concert with President Dennis Assanis’s vision for the future of the university, he has restructured the reporting relationship so the next vice president will be a direct report to him and serve on his focused and energized senior leadership cabinet.
The vice president for student life has primary responsibility for the leadership, management, strategic direction, policy development and administrative oversight of the Division of Student Life, as well as the programming, planning and delivery of extracurricular services to the student body. The vice president represents the Division of Student Life to outside constituencies including the media and serves in an institutional leadership role in crisis situations involving students as well as to university governance groups. The vice president also works with senior leaders and all campus units to promote student learning, academic success and persistence to graduation.
The vice president works with and represents the interests of a diverse group of students– including a growing population of international students – to ensure a mutually reinforcing relationship between academic and co-curricular life and to support the personal growth of all students. The vice president fosters inclusive communities, facilitates student engagement and leadership development, and promotes responsible citizenship. An advanced degree is required and a doctoral degree is preferred. At least ten years of successful experience and leadership in higher education administration is required.
The university received its State charter in 1833 and roughly 30 years later was designated as one of the nation’s historic Land Grant colleges. Today, University of Delaware is a research-intensive, technologically-advanced institution and ranks among the nation’s top 100 universities in federal research & development support for science and engineering. This diverse university has seven colleges, providing outstanding undergraduate, graduate and professional education, and serves local, regional, national and international communities. The university’s original class of ten students included George Read, Thomas McKean and James Smith, all of whom would go on to sign the Declaration of Independence. University of Delaware alumni continue to make great strides in advancing science, technology, politics and culture contributing as leaders and engaged citizens in all sectors of society.
Review of applications has begun and will continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by May 10. Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae, a letter of application and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. These materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to the University of Delaware’s consultants Sheila Murphy and Melissa Fincher at UDelawareVPSL@wittkieffer.com.
The University of Delaware values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.