Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College


Ursinus College, an acclaimed national liberal arts institution well known for a pioneering curricular philosophy that fuses the academic and residential experience, invites inquiries and applications for a collaborative, creative, and bold leader to join this exceptional campus community as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College (VPAA).

Ursinus College with 1,500 students located on a 170-acre campus, is located just 25 miles from Center City Philadelphia in the town of Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Montgomery County, in which Ursinus sits at the heart, is the ninth best place in the United States to raise a family, according to Forbes. In addition, Ursinus ranks among the top 100 national liberal arts colleges by U.S. News, where they are #74 for Best Value Schools and tied for #70 for social mobility.

The College has embarked on a new era of innovation with the inauguration of President Robyn Hannigan, Ph.D., and the election of the college’s new board chair, Joseph M. DeSimone, Ph.D., ’86 P’12. These leaders are both talented academicians, with impressive accomplishments in the private sector. A cornerstone of this new era is the Quest for Success Strategic Framework—a vibrant, sustainable framework that builds on Ursinus’ unparalleled commitment to liberal education and considerable strengths to guide the college to greater excellence. The new VPAA will have a highly desirable opportunity to partner with their new colleagues to ensure successful implementation of Quest for Success.

Ursinus seeks an innovative and visionary leader with significant academic and administrative experience and accomplishments. The new VPAA will join a vibrant community that champions achievement, diversity, freedom of inquiry, collegiality, civility, caring, and respect for all. This next academic year, we will have 36 majors and more than 70 programs of study, supported by three unique research and experiential centers— each of which facilitates a synthesis of ideas across disciplines.

Ursinus College seeks a VPAA who will provide creative and inclusive leadership and partnership with faculty, staff, and administrators across the college. Strong candidacies will require a substantial track record of academic and managerial achievements, an ability and commitment to plan with input from all college stakeholders, and the courage to make and champion informed decisions. Personal characteristics of caring and authenticity are crucial. Experience in a small, private, liberal arts institution is strongly preferred.


The Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College Search Committee will begin reviewing candidate materials at the end of June. Although applications will be received until the position is filled, materials should be submitted by Monday, July 10, 2023, to receive the most favorable consideration. Final selection and announcement of the next Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College is expected to be made by mid-September and the new VPAA will be invited to begin work on (or before) January 1, 2024.

Ursinus College is committed to creating a diverse community. In furtherance of that commitment, the college encourages applications from candidates who bring a diversity of experiences and perspectives, particularly candidates from underrepresented groups who have had experience working with individuals from diverse populations.

The prospectus, with additional information about the College, the opportunities for the VPAA, and instructions for application, may be found at:

All application materials will be received in full confidence and should be submitted electronically to:

Applications should include:

  • A letter of interest that responds directly to the items in the leadership agenda in the prospectus and the list of desired attributes identifying the candidate’s experiences in the context of the opportunities for the new Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College;
  • A complete CV or resume;
  • The names, phone numbers, and email addresses of five references, none of whom will be contacted without permission of the candidate.

Inquiries and nominations should be directed to:

Melinda L. M. Leonardo, Ph.D.
Executive Search Consultant
AGB Search
(919) 280-4901

Frederick V. Moore, J.D./M.B.A.
Senior Executive Search Consultant
AGB Search
(712) 299-2544 

Additional Information about Ursinus College may be found at

Ursinus College does not discriminate on grounds of race, color, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, age, creed, ancestry, veteran status, marital status, disability, or other classification protected by applicable law in the administration of any of its educational programs or activities or with respect to employment.

Ursinus College is an equal employment opportunity employer. Ursinus College complies with all federal, state, and local statutes and regulations governing employment practices. In matters affecting employment and application for employment, the college will take affirmative action to ensure that each employee and applicant, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, creed, ancestry, veteran status, marital status, or disability (except as limitations may be mandated by law) is accorded equal treatment with respect to terms and conditions of employment, including recruitment, hiring, placement, and opportunities for advancement. The college is committed to hiring practices that will enhance the diversity of its workforce. The college’s ongoing practices in support of these efforts are found here on the college’s human resources webpage.