Simmons University - Vice President for Student Affairs
Simmons University seeks a visionary and experienced leader to serve as Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA). Located in the heart of Boston, Simmons University (Simmons) is a private university, home to a respected women’s undergraduate program, as well as coeducational graduate programs in nursing and health sciences, liberal arts, business, communications, social work, public health, and library and information science. Joining a welcoming and inclusive community, the next student affairs leader will convey a demonstrated commitment to diversity in all its forms and the vision to advance a forward-thinking and student-centered student affairs operation.
For more than a century, Simmons has been preparing women to lead lives that impact communities around the globe. The Simmons story is one of growth, innovation, and a solid foundation — fueled by on-the-ground and online enrollments and fortified by investments in its campus and technology. In alignment with its core purpose, Simmons launched one of the first undergraduate women’s studies degree programs for women in the 1960s. Soon after, Simmons created the first MBA program designed specifically for women, with a focus on the organizational behavior of men and women. As new technologies and increased competition have caused significant disruptions in the higher education landscape, Simmons has developed and expanded high quality, nationally recognized online graduate degree and certificate programs in such areas as nursing, social work, and library and information science.
The VPSA will join Simmons at an exciting moment of transition, challenge, and opportunity. Dr. Lynn Perry Wooten, Simmons’s ninth President and the University’s first African American President, joined the campus community in July 2020, energizing the institutional legacy of and commitment to empowering women-centered leaders and social justice champions. Reporting directly to the President, the VPSA will assume an important and highly influential role at Simmons and be tasked with helping the University “become a beacon of leadership in the world of higher education; a resource to our nation and world; known for our expertise in fields which improve the human condition; sought out for the findings of our highly reputable research; and seen as the global expert in educating women for their own empowerment and leadership.”
A trailblazer in online learning, Simmons is positioned to build on its many accomplishments to meet the challenges of the pandemic and post-pandemic era. The Vice President for Student Affairs will help the University continue to respond to these rapidly changing times and offer a holistic Simmons experience for all students — undergraduate, graduate, and online – that is seamless, positive, and best-in-class. The Vice President for Student Affairs will demonstrate commitment to social justice and foster a diverse, welcoming, and inclusive community; be dedicated to developing student leaders; and advance the University’s goal of inclusive excellence through successful student engagement, retention, and support strategies. Leadership and communication skills are essential, as is the ability to build bridges and work in partnership with a wide variety of people and offices. The VPSA will also convey a proven capacity for embedding student affairs priorities within institutional values and aspirations and the ability to keep student welfare always at the forefront by anticipating and responding to matters that influence the student experience.
WittKieffer is assisting Simmons University in this search, which will remain open until an appointment is made.
All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as two separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile. Professional references are not necessary at this time.
Application materials should be submitted using the buttons below.
Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:
Amy Crutchfield and Jen Meyers Pickard, Ph.D.
Consistent with the University’s goals to achieve diversity at all levels of university leadership, Simmons encourages nominations and applications from individuals in traditionally underrepresented groups and those dedicated to building a culture of inclusive excellence at Simmons.
The University is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, ancestry, class, color, disability, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other status protected by law.