Vice President of Student Affairs

Vice President of Student Affairs

American University invites nominations and applications for the position of Vice President of Student Affairs (VPSA).

Chartered by an Act of Congress in 1893, American University is a private, student-centered research institution located on a 90-acre campus in a residential neighborhood only a few miles from downtown Washington, DC. AU is home to seven prestigious schools and colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Public Affairs, Washington College of Law, Kogod School of Business, School of International Service, School of Communication, and School of Education—that draw upon the extraordinary cultural, scientific, public affairs, legal, business, international, and communications resources in the greater metropolitan area of Washington, DC. Recognized for its emphasis on personalized teaching and experiential education, the University, faculty, and students are deeply connected to the institutions and culture of the nation’s capital.

American University (AU) seeks an innovative, forward-thinking, and inclusive leader to serve as its next Vice President of Student Affairs (VPSA). The VPSA will join AU during an exciting time of reenvisioning the student experience. Consistently ranked as one of the most innovative and beautiful campuses in the U.S., AU seeks a visionary leader to oversee several offices that work to integrate undergraduate, graduate, and professional students into a diverse university community; promote their intellectual, social, and spiritual development; and, in collaboration with the faculty, prepare students for lifelong learning and global citizenship.

The Vice President of Student Affairs is the lead executive at AU for managing matters related to student life and experience. The VPSA manages the following offices: Dean of Students; Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution Services; Center for Well-Being Programs & Psychological Services; Student Health Center; Housing & Residence Life; New Student & Family Programs; Center for Community Engagement & Service; Center for Student Involvement; Center for Diversity & Inclusion; Kay Spiritual Life Center; University Center; and International Student & Scholar Services. A member of the Cabinet and the President’s Council, the Vice President of Student Affairs will be a critical and highly visible leader, collaborating widely across the institution. Reporting directly to President Sylvia Burwell, the VPSA will manage a staff of 134 and an operational budget of over $22M.

For best consideration, please send all nominations and applications confidentially to:

Shelly Weiss Storbeck, Global Education Practice Lead and Managing Director
Ruth Shoemaker Wood, Managing Director
Fiona Jaramillo, Senior Associate

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American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The University prohibits discrimination and discriminatory harassment (including sexual harassment and sexual violence) against any AU community member on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual's genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively "Protected Bases").