Vice President for Student Success


Vice President for Student Success

Rhode Island College (RIC) invites nominations and applications for individuals interested in an exciting leadership opportunity as Vice President for Student Success. Reporting to the President, the Vice President is responsible for the leadership and overall direction and coordination of all programs, services and activities related to the Division of Student Affairs (to be renamed the Division of Student Success to include offices of student life, enrollment management and academic support).  The Vice President for Student Success will support the mission of the college through the planning, development, delivery and evaluation of student services that enhance the intellectual and personal growth and development of all students.  The Vice President for Student Success will serve as a member of the President’s cabinet and participate in institutional decision-making, planning and communication. 

Rhode Island College is a nationally accredited and comprehensive undergraduate and graduate degree granting institution founded in 1854 as a teacher’s college.  It is the state’s first public institution of higher education.  The College now offers 90 undergraduate majors and programs, 42 master’s degrees and two doctoral degree programs in five schools: the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development, the School of Management, the School of Nursing, and the School of Social Work. Located on a 180-acre campus in the Mount Pleasant section of Providence, Rhode Island, the College combines a suburban atmosphere with easy access to the benefits and resources of the capital city. The College serves approximately 8,500 residential and commuter students and has 378 full-time faculty, approximately 400 adjunct faculty and  600 staff members. The annual budget is $201 million. Rhode Island College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and has also received accreditation for specific programs from the following agencies: Council on Social Work Education, National Association of Schools of Art and Design, National Association of Schools of Music, National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Commitment to Inclusive Excellence: Rhode Island College highly values candidates who are adept at communicating with and meeting the needs of today’s diverse college communities. Successful candidates will possess the cultural competency and the emotional agility to respond to issues of diversity and inclusion while advancing the College’s strategic pillar of Inclusive Excellence.

As the chief outcomes officer for student success, the Vice President for Student Success advises the President on policies and best practices and develops measurable goals for the division, including the college’s enrollment management plan.  The VPSS will ensure that all students have clear and transparent access to policies related to degree progress including student rights, discipline, academic policies, etc.  The successful candidate will create a collaborative culture within the new division to achieve a high level of innovation, excellence and service success in support of the student population served by the college.  




The Vice President for Student Success will provide strong program management and accountability of all divisional units to include:  Athletics, Admissions, Financial Aid, Records, Office of Academic Support & Information Services (OASIS), Learning for Life and the Early Enrollment Program (concurrent enrollment program), Counseling Center, Health Services; Preparatory Enrollment Program (PEP), Residential Life and Housing, Student Life/Dean of Students, Student Activities, Student Government, Upward Bound and other TRIO programs and the Veterans Resource Center.

The VPSS will also work in partnership with the College’s Associate Vice President of Community, Equity and Diversity to assure inclusive excellence; collaborate with the Division of Administration and Finance on emergency management and promoting student safety; and participate in life of the college as a member of the senior administration through the support of, and attendance at, significant college events and activities.

Required qualifications include a master’s degree in higher education administration, college student personnel, counseling, or related field and at least ten years of experience in higher education administration including significant experience in supervision and upper-level management. An earned doctorate in higher education administration is preferred. Prior experience working in a collective bargaining environment is desirable.

Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc. is assisting Rhode Island College in the search. Review of confidential applications and nominations will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For priority consideration, applications should be received by April 10, 2017.

A complete application must include a letter of interest describing experience relevant to the position requirements; current curriculum vitae; and contact information for five professional references. Nominations should include the name, position, postal address, telephone number and email. Application materials should be submitted electronically as PDF attachments.

Confidential inquiries, nominations, and application materials should be directed to: Jan Greenwood, Betty Turner Asher, Partners

Lisa Hagen, Executive Search Consultant

Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc.

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As an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity institution which values and is committed to expanding the diversity of its faculty and staff, the College invites members of protected classes, including minorities and persons with disabilities, to identify themselves as such at the time of application.