Vice President for Academic Affairs


Aurora University
Vice President for Academic Affairs

Aurora University invites applications and nominations for the position of Vice President for Academic Affairs. Founded in 1893, the University currently operates two campuses, Aurora University (Aurora) in Aurora, Illinois and the George Williams College campus in Williams Bay, Wisconsin, as well as multiple off-campus sites and a significant online division.

Aurora is well known for its student-centered approach to helping students of all backgrounds reach their dreams. Aurora's innovative spirit, responsiveness to emerging trends, and financial stewardship have positioned the University for continued success. This is not an institution that is satisfied with the status quo, and AU seeks an individual who will be tireless and creative in their pursuit of the University's mission.

The Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) serves as the Chief Academic Officer and will report directly to President Rebecca Sherrick. The next VPAA will arrive at an exciting time, as the University continues to invest in its strategic plan to enhance the vibrant learning environment across all delivery options and maintain their student-centered approach for a diverse student body.

Candidates for the VPAA position should have experience leading the development of entrepreneurial programs and initiatives and a successful history of relating to diverse individuals and stakeholders. As advocates for student engagement, they should also be comfortable with a wide range of teaching and learning modalities. The full list of preferred attributes, the leadership agenda and instructions on the application process can be found in the position profile:

Confidential discussions about this opportunity may be arranged by contacting Dr. Scott Flanagan, a Senior Consultant with Academic Search, at or Disa Mason, Consultant at

Applications, nominations, and expressions of interest can be submitted in confidence to Applications should consist of a detailed letter of interest that describes the candidate's interest and alignment with the agenda for leadership, a current curriculum vitae, and a list of five professional references with current contact information. References will not be contacted without the permission of the candidate. Review of applications will begin on April 30th, 2021, and those received by May 17 are assured full consideration.


Aurora University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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