Northern Kentucky University - Vice President for Student Affairs

KY, Highland Heights

Northern Kentucky University (NKU) seeks an experienced and innovative leader to serve as its Vice President for Student Affairs. This individual will join NKU at a pivotal moment in its history. With the excitement of a recently launched strategic framework, Success by Design, the institution is poised to deliver on its long-standing commitment to student success and regional engagement while generating important scholarly and creative endeavors in a more purposeful way. This is a transformational leadership opportunity for an ambitious, visionary student affairs leader to join an institution with a deep and strategic commitment to its emergence as a “student-ready” University.

An entrepreneurial state university located in the northern Kentucky/Cincinnati metropolitan area, NKU is committed to instilling passion in its students that will lead them to community engagement, fulfilling careers, and meaningful lives. This commitment has been a driving force as the University has expanded academic offerings and advanced new experiential learning opportunities. The NKU community reflects on the past five decades of growth with pride and, more recently, celebrates the founding of two new colleges; the construction of several new buildings, including a state-of-the-art Health Innovation Center; and the successful establishment of a Division I athletics program.

NKU seeks a strategic and experienced student affairs leader who takes initiative and has the stamina and interpersonal skills to operate effectively and achieve results. The Vice President reports to President Ashish Vaidya, Ph.D.

The Vice President supervises a talented and dedicated staff who oversee the following units:

Student Conduct and Engagement, including the departments of Campus Recreation; Fraternity and Sorority Life; Student Conduct, Rights and Advocacy; Student Engagement; Student Union and Programming; and University Housing;

Student Inclusiveness, including the departments of African American Student Initiatives;  Disability Programs and Services; Health, Counseling, and Student Wellness; Latino Programs and Services; Parents Attending College; LGBTQ Programs and Services; Upward Bound; and the Norse Violence Prevention Center;

Campus Safety including the University Police Department, Crime Prevention, and compliance with state and national requirements such as the Clery Act, Minger Act, the Annual Security Reports, and Timely Warnings.

The Vice President will be a creative thinker who will bring to the campus deep knowledge of best practices in student affairs and a belief in the essential link between diversity and excellence. The successful candidate will have 10 or more years of leadership experience in student affairs and a particular interest in and commitment to working in partnership with faculty and academic affairs colleagues. The Vice President will have served in progressively responsible supervisory and administrative positions and will understand the culture of student life on a campus with a significant commuting population. The Vice President will be a bridge-builder with the faculty and colleagues in Academic Affairs and will have created and implemented programs with academic colleagues. The Vice President will also demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of the relationship between academic and co-curricular life; have strong academic values and an innovative sense of new possibilities; experience with the role of student affairs in a University-wide student success effort; and the diplomacy and leadership skills to work effectively with a highly functioning University leadership team.  An earned doctorate is preferred; however, candidates with a depth of experience in the field and appropriate professional credentials will be given full consideration. A Master’s degree is required.

Applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest.

WittKieffer is assisting Northern Kentucky University in this search. For full consideration, candidate materials should be received by August 5, 2020.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to: Sheila Murphy and Jen Meyers Pickard are the consultants supporting this search. They can be reached through Shalonda Alleyne, Executive Search Coordinator, at 630-575-6157.

Northern Kentucky University (NKU) seeks excellence by enriching its educational environment and culture through the diversity of its administration, faculty and staff and by embracing inclusiveness, equity, and global awareness in all dimensions of its work. NKU is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action institution. We encourage applications by members of diverse groups and by persons with a demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity and experience in achieving goals relative to inclusive excellence.