Vice Provost for Student Affairs

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University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA




The University of Pittsburgh seeks a collaborative, engaged, and student-centered leader to serve as its Vice Provost for Student Affairs (VPSA). Reporting to the provost and serving as a standing member of the chancellor’s senior leadership team, this is an extraordinary opportunity to lead a highly respected and motivated student affairs division during a time of new leadership and continued growth at a leading research university. The Division of Student Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh is a student-centered department, with the goal of providing every single Pitt student with the best collegiate and post-collegiate experience in the world by actively contributing to the education and well-being of the whole student, and providing experiences, opportunities, and support to prepare students for success in the global community.


The University of Pittsburgh is a top-ranked public institution and a member of the Association of American Universities. Pitt is known for its global impact in a wide array of fields, as well as continuously advocating for ways to better society. As a result of its high-quality research and commitment to learning, as well as ongoing discoveries, the University of Pittsburgh is recognized as one of the most innovative universities in the world, inventing the paths of the future and forging ahead. With 16 schools and colleges, 652 degrees and certificate programs, five campuses, and nearly 34,000 total students, Pitt is an academic and economic powerhouse that is consistently ranked among the nation’s top universities.


The next VPSA will have a tremendous opportunity to assess, build, and envision a future that enhances the student experience for all students, including but not limited to graduate, undergraduate, non-degree, transfer, international, online, and commuter students. The VPSA should have an innate ability, experience with, and desire to develop genuine connections and relationships with students, staff, and faculty. It is important that they embrace existing and contribute to new strategic partnerships at the University, as well as at local, national, and global levels. The incumbent is responsible for fostering a culture of diversity and inclusive excellence, accessibility, and belonging for all students at every stage and in every part of the University. The VPSA will play a principal role in setting and implementing the University’s priorities affecting students and will work collaboratively across the institution with senior leaders, faculty, and staff in support of co-curricular programs and activities that advance student life, student learning, and development.


In addition to supporting the student body, it is imperative that the VPSA is relatable to their colleagues across the institution and to constituents at all levels. They must be able to assess the well-being and sustainability of the division staff, advocate for change as needed, and must be able to navigate the current pace of change in higher education. The University is seeking a candidate who will involve themselves in broad-ranging efforts, such as social justice, global education, structural improvements, and real estate development in a landlocked campus.  The VPSA must be able to remain diplomatic, calm, and positive in the face of adversity, and must facilitate the University’s efforts to make transparent and data-driven decisions.


The University of Pittsburgh has engaged the services of Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, in this recruitment effort. For fullest consideration, application materials should be received by March 11, 2024 via the Isaacson, Miller search website. All applications, inquiries, and nominations can be sent electronically, in confidence to:


Keight Tucker Kennedy, Partner (she/her)

Liz Braun, Senior Associate (she/her)

Alexis Scott, Senior Search Coordinator (she/her)

Isaacson, Miller


The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity, EOE, including disability/vets.