Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and Chancellor Andrew J. Leavitt invite applications and nominations for the position of Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.  We are seeking an energetic, innovative, dynamic and experienced administrator.  In concert with a talented and dedicated faculty and staff, the Vice Chancellor will successfully address the opportunities and challenges facing the Student Affairs Division of the University.  The successful candidate will articulate the University’s vision and strategic directions in a way that energizes the Student Affairs Division toward those goals.  We seek an individual who values an educational experience that incorporates all aspects of a public comprehensive regional university.  In a time of renewed energy and optimism, this is an opportunity to become a critical part of a shared governance community. 

Description of Duties:  Reporting to the Chancellor and serving as a key member of the University’s administrative team, this position is charged with the responsibility to provide vision, leadership, coordination, and strategic direction to a comprehensive array of services and programs pertaining to student affairs.  The Vice Chancellor is expected to provide innovative and forward-looking support to help integrate and coordinate the services of the various divisional units that report through this office.  The Vice Chancellor will work closely with other administrative leaders and the University’s extended community to meet the changing needs of an increasingly diverse student population.

Current responsibilities include the following departments/units:  Career Services, Counseling Center, Dean of Students, Disability Services, Reeve Memorial Union, Residence Life, Dining, Student Government, Student Rec and Wellness Center, Book Store, Enrollment Management, Financial Aid, Admissions, and the Student Health Center.  The combined budgets are approximately $51.7 million dollars.

Required qualifications:  Candidates should present evidence of:

  1. An earned doctorate degree;
  2. An exemplary record of progressively responsible administrative experience—in multiple units of student affairs over time—addressing the complex and inter-related functions traditionally found within the student services area as broadly considered and defined;
  3. Significant management experience with personnel and human relations in higher education;
  4. Track record of success working where maximizing student involvement in the life of the campus and enhancement of the quality of student learning and development outcomes are particular goals;
  5. Demonstrated experience (development, execution and oversight of budgets) within higher education;
  6. Evidence of successful collaborations with a wide range of stakeholders within and outside the university;
  7. Success working effectively within a comprehensive university structure and a philosophy of shared governance;
  8. Success as a creative and innovative leader whose work is informed by effective strategic planning, assessment, and staff development;
  9. Demonstrated commitment to increasing diversity and inclusiveness throughout the University community;
  10. A record of success as an advocate for student concerns;
  11. Demonstrated knowledge about best practices in the profession, critical student issues, and higher education trends;
  12. An outstanding communicator who is successful in being transparent with staff and students
  13. Proficiency in developing appropriate and relevant goals and objectives that are clearly linked to the mission of the division and the institution;
  14. Strong experience in the interpretation of policies related to risk management, student conduct, and Title IX requirements.
  15. An understanding of technology and its uses in student affairs.

Preferred qualifications:  Candidates should present evidence of:

  1. Leadership experience in public higher education institutions;
  2. Demonstrated success with improving recruitment, retention and graduation rates among other specified outcomes;
  3. Experience with student outcomes assessment;
  4. Development and implementation of fundraising and development initiatives in student affairs. 
  5. Current knowledge in areas of compliance with state, regional and federal requirements;
  6. Active participation and leadership in local, regional, and/or national professional organizations;

Compensation:  Compensation is competitive and based upon qualifications and experience.  Expected starting date is July 1, 2017.

Application Process:  Nominations and application materials should be submitted by the target date of February 10, 2017, although expressions of interest may be considered until the position is filled.  Application materials must include:  1) a letter of interest stating how the candidate's experiences and qualifications connect with the required/preferred characteristics and strategic priorities expressed in the position prospectus; 2) a resume; and 3) the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of five references for future contact — please also include your professional relationship with each reference listed.  In accordance with Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7), requests for confidentiality by nominees and applicants will be honored, except that names of final candidates must be disclosed. Application and nomination materials should be submitted electronically to: A complete position prospectus may be found at

Assisting the search will be: Alan N. Crist, Ph.D., Senior Search Consultant, AGB Search,, 608.695.0217. Prospective candidates are encouraged to initiate a conversation about this opportunity through an initial email contact with Dr. Crist prior to submitting materials.

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh has a total budget in excess of $260 million dollars.   The University is proud of its highly inclusive strategic and operational planning processes and its exceptionally strong relationship with students.

The enrollment of 13,500 includes 1,470 graduate students, the largest graduate program among the 11 comprehensive universities in the UW-System.  The University offers 60 undergraduate and 15 master’s degree programs in four colleges:  Business Administration, Education and Human Services, Letters and Science, and Nursing.  The University has well-established programs to provide educational opportunities for traditional and non-traditional students pursuing full- or part-time study.

UW Oshkosh is the largest of 11 comprehensive universities in a public higher education system that also includes two doctoral institutions, a system of 13 two-year colleges, and a statewide Extension.  The University was founded in 1871 and provides educational programs and services to the scenic Fox River Valley region of central northeast Wisconsin.  The 163-acre campus is strategically located in a thriving economic and cultural corridor with a combined population in excess of 750,000.  This urban corridor consists of a cluster of dynamic, growing, mid-sized communities that stretch from Milwaukee to Green Bay.

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is committed to recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students, and is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. It is our policy to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment.