Xavier University - Vice President for Student Affairs

OH, Cincinnati

Xavier University, a Jesuit Catholic university rooted in the liberal arts tradition, seeks a collaborative, dedicated and experienced leader to serve as the Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA).

Founded in 1831 and located in Cincinnati, Ohio, Xavier University is annually ranked among the nation’s best universities. Its four colleges offer 90+ undergraduate majors, 60+ minors and 40+ graduate programs to approximately 7,000 total students, including 5,000 undergraduates. Driven by its commitment to advance the common good and to its Jesuit ideals, mission and identity, the Xavier community challenges and supports students as they cultivate lives of reflection, compassion and informed action. Diversity and inclusion are central to Xavier’s mission, as is the commitment to cura personalis — the care for the entire person. In the 2023 U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges list, Xavier was recognized as a “National University” for the first time. This recognition comes on the heels of steady expansion both academically and geographically as more than 60% of the University’s students now come from outside of Ohio. Further, approximately 20% of Xavier’s student population are students of color, with students from 47 countries as well as 19 religions represented.

Joining a campus community that is committed to serving students as they prepare for remarkable lives of success, purpose and impact after Xavier, the Vice President for Student Affairs will grasp the University’s current spirit of innovation, change and progress to establish and implement a forward-thinking vision for student affairs that places students at the center. The VPSA reports to Dr. Colleen Hanycz, Xavier’s first lay and woman President, and serves as the executive responsible for providing strategic planning and leadership to the functions that comprise the division of student affairs. These departments currently include, but are not limited to, student involvement, recreational sports, student integrity, care management, psychological services, student center, health services, wellness services, counseling services, Title IX, residence life, campus ministry and co-supporting the Center for Diversity and Inclusion. As a member of Xavier’s Senior Leadership Council, the VPSA will help develop, implement and lead university-wide priorities and initiatives that foster interdivisional collaboration and integrate student affairs into all areas of the University. The VPSA will partner with Student Success, Academic Affairs, the Center for Mission and Identity and the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, as well as with other campus divisions, to cultivate an integrated student experience that is centered around student success, a commitment to cura personalis and the Jesuit Catholic, liberal arts tradition.

The ideal candidate will bring an appreciation of and commitment to the University’s Jesuit Catholic mission and how it is manifested in student affairs at Xavier. Candidates will bring deep knowledge of student affairs concepts and issues in higher education and take an intersectional approach to these topics. Demonstrated success in executing initiatives that advance diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging and in managing change with an understanding of the contexts and history within the institution will be assets for the role. The VPSA will be a collaborator and relationship builder, have a history of effective leadership in a culture of shared governance, be adept at bringing others along when implementing change, and bring a record of supporting and advocating for their teams.

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 requested at this time.

For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by March 13, 2023.

Application materials should be submitted using the buttons below.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:

Amy Crutchfield, Sheila Murphy and Randi Miller


Xavier University is part of the 500 year-old Jesuit Catholic Tradition of academic excellence in the liberal arts and is strongly committed to enhancing equity, inclusion, and diversity. These values are central to our mission. We strive for a climate of respect and inclusiveness that welcomes and supports members from diverse backgrounds and life experiences, is committed to unreservedly to open and free inquiry and deliberately seeks out multiple perspectives.

Xavier University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to enhancing equity, inclusion, and diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, skin color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability.