Syracuse University - Senior Vice President for the Student Experience

NY, Syracuse

Syracuse University seeks an experienced and visionary individual to lead an engaged and vibrant student life and campus experience in the role of Senior Vice President for the Student Experience. The University’s decision to establish this focused position signals a commitment to building a best-in-class outside-of-the-classroom experience that will raise student life to a level of breadth, depth and excellence commensurate with that of the academic programs at Syracuse University. This is a transformational opportunity for a talented leader to build on the strengths of a comprehensive student affairs program to support the highest aspirations of the students and the University.

Syracuse University is a private research university that advances knowledge across disciplines to drive breakthrough discoveries and breakout leadership. Its 13 schools and colleges with over 200 customizable majors close the gap between education and action so students are prepared for success. In and beyond the classroom, Syracuse University connects people, perspectives and practices to solve interconnected challenges with interdisciplinary approaches. Collectively, Syracuse is a powerful community that moves ideas, individuals and impact beyond what’s considered possible.

Reporting directly to Chancellor Kent Syverud, the Senior Vice President for the Student Experience provides leadership, vision and strategic direction for a division that includes the programs, services and personnel of the following entities: Barnes Center at the Arch (including Counseling Services, Health Services, Health Promotion and Recreation); Career Services; Disability Cultural Center; First Year and Transfer Programs; Fraternity and Sorority Affairs; International Services; LGBTQ Resource Center; Multicultural Affairs; Parent and Family Services; Student Activities; Student Centers and Programming Services; Student Engagement; Student Living (Residential Life); and Student Rights and Responsibilities.

The successful candidate will be a collaborative and innovative leader with exceptional administrative, financial, communication and managerial skills; a demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion; and proven experience in a dynamic and complex professional environment. The Senior Vice President will have broad knowledge of current student affairs issues and an ability to partner with all university constituencies including faculty, staff, students, administrators and trustees. Integrity in behavior and decision-making are required qualities. The Senior Vice President will also be expected to partner successfully with internal and external constituencies and to represent the division and the University to the media, the public and local and state government agencies. A terminal degree (e.g., Ph.D. or Ed.D.) and a record of successful, responsible and relevant leadership experience is strongly preferred.

Applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in this profile.

WittKieffer is assisting Syracuse University in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by February 19, 2021.

Application materials should be submitted using the buttons below.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:

Sheila Murphy, Melissa Fincher and Robin Mamlet

Syracuse University 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.