University of Maryland, College Park - Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs

MD, College Park

The University of Maryland seeks an experienced, innovative, collaborative and student-centered leader who is eager to develop strategies to create a sense of belonging for all Maryland students as its Assistant Vice President focused on student engagement.

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship institution. The 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C. and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. It is also close to Baltimore, Maryland. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance its stature of preeminence in its three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in the community, the state of Maryland and in the world.

Reporting directly to the vice president for student affairs, the assistant vice president (AVP) will provide vision, leadership and strategic direction for a $26 million portfolio that encompasses 169 full-time and graduate employees and 374 student staff. Four of the 14 departments within the Division of Student Affairs will fall under the AVP’s purview: The Stamp Student Union and Campus Programs; Fraternity and Sorority Life; the University Career Center; and Student Affairs Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The AVP will also oversee divisional assessment and data and information systems. As a primary advisor to the vice president for student affairs, the AVP will support and represent the vice president in both internal and external matters and support the strategic endeavors spanning across the full division.

The assistant vice president focused on student engagement will galvanize an inclusive and unifying strategic vision that is grounded in student affairs scholarship, creating a sense of belonging for every University of Maryland student through the frames of inclusion, equity and justice. The AVP will enhance the cohesion and development of an exceptional team centered on fostering a tangible sense of place and community for all, while also acting as a key thought partner as the division revisits and reimagines its vision for student affairs. Additionally, the AVP will collaboratively partner with students, the division, and campus stakeholders to advance civic engagement efforts that develop students as campus citizens and civic leaders, empowered to act as vehicles of change now and in the future.

The successful candidate will be a visionary, strategic and entrepreneurial leader who is skilled in understanding and utilizing proven strategies to navigate complex organizational structures and who holds a deep commitment to collaboration, relational leadership and creative problem solving and thinking. The AVP will demonstrate exceptional administrative, financial and managerial acumen and possess a broad knowledge of current student affairs issues and trends. The AVP will display integrity, transparency and courage in behavior and decisions and demonstrate a deep commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion as a strategic priority. A doctoral degree and a proven record of broad and progressive senior-level higher education administrative management and leadership experience are 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 the leadership profile.

WittKieffer is assisting the University of Maryland in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by June 1, 2021.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:

Sheila Murphy and Jennifer Meyers Pickard, Ph.D.


The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.