Bryant University - Vice President for Student Affairs

RI, Smithfield
Education - Enrollment Management/Admissions/Financial Aid

Bryant University seeks a dynamic and visionary leader to serve as its Vice President for Student Affairs. Throughout its 155-year history, Bryant has embraced new ways of thinking to create academic programs that prepare graduates for a changing world. Today, the University is building on that tradition by boldly reimagining higher education, creating a new model that anticipates the future. Through the integration of a path-breaking curriculum and purposeful co-curricular experiences, the University’s close-knit community of faculty and staff are preparing a new generation of innovative leaders. The University, located in Smithfield, RI, (outside of Providence), is a 85% residential campus on over 435 acres. A beautiful natural setting and world-class facilities and technology provide the backdrop for a student-centered learning environment.

Dr. John Saddlemire, who has served Bryant University as the Vice President for Student Affairs since 2013, will retire at the conclusion of the current academic year. The new vice president will build on the strong programs and services offered by the staff of approximately 80 student affairs professionals. The Vice President reports to President Ronald K. Machtley and serves as a senior leader of the University, involved in strategic planning and policy development and implementation across the University. Concurrent with the announcement of this search, President Machtley has announced his intent to retire at the conclusion of the 2019/2020 academic year.

Working in close collaboration with colleagues in academic affairs, the vice president is responsible for developing learning opportunities that bridge academic and student affairs programs and for ongoing assessment of the effectiveness of those programs. The vice president works closely with the Provost, the deans and the faculty to ensure student success, persistence to graduation, character and leadership development, career preparation, and the development of global and diverse perspectives. Bryant University places particular emphasis on the education of the whole person and directs all of its programs and resources to the realization of the University’s mission: “Educate and inspire students to discover their passion and become innovative leaders with character around the world.”

The vice president provides leadership and direction to the offices of Student Engagement, Student Leadership & Involvement, Student Events & Orientation Programs, Public Safety, Diversity & Inclusion, Residence Life, Health Services, Counseling Services, and Career Services. The successful candidate will bring outstanding vision, energy, managerial and entrepreneurial talent, and an enthusiasm for involvement in an active and vibrant residential campus life. This means that the successful candidate will be expected to live on campus in University provided housing to facilitate their active involvement in student life. The successful candidate should have a terminal degree and 7-10 years of progressively responsible experience; the ability to work collaboratively and communicate effectively; with strong administrative, financial management, and problem solving skills. The vice president will engage directly with students on a variety of issues and will be integrally involved in the development of the University’s next strategic plan.

Inquiries, nominations, and applications for interested and qualified candidates are invited. Review of applications is underway and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should provide a resume, cover letter addressing the priorities addressed in the leadership statement, and names and contact information for five references. References will not be contacted without the knowledge and approval of the candidate. Materials should be sent electronically to the search consultants, Sheila Murphy and Jen Meyers Pickard, Ph.D. at The search consultants may also be reached through the desk of Shalonda Alleyne at 630-575-6157.

Bryant University is an EEO/AA Employer and an institution committed to diversifying its students, staff and faculty.