Columbus, Ohio

The President and Search Committee invite expressions of interest and nominations for the position of Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs (SVPAA), an extraordinary leadership post in a community of learners renowned for its dedication to students from all stations in life. The new Senior Vice President will succeed the incumbent, who is retiring after 12 years of exemplary service to the College. The SVPAA will serve as a member of the President’s Leadership Team and will report to the Executive Vice President. As the College’s academic leader, the SVPAA will be the chief architect of academic strategy and oversee the entire academic enterprise for the institution.

Columbus State seeks a new SVPAA who be a visionary academician, committed to rigor, student success and the centrality of the academic experience in the life of the College. A terminal degree is strongly preferred and collegiate teaching experience is required for this post. The SVPAA will be a strong advocate for the academic program. S/he will have successful academic leadership experience at the dean level or above in a large, urban, complex community college, with multiple campuses or in a similar institution. The strongest candidacies will evidence achievements in student success and completion, with an acumen for addressing the challenges associated with at-risk students as well as positive, successful experience in a union environment.

Columbus State is based in Ohio’s largest city, a growing metropolis with a vibrant urban core that is home to our main campus. Our flagship Columbus Campus is located in the downtown Discovery District, proximate to the Columbus Museum of Art and the main branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library. A robust economy, strengthened by the city’s collaborative spirit, has helped Columbus become one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation – the 14th largest, right behind San Francisco. The Columbus region offers excellent public schools, world-class performing arts, collegiate and pro sports, thriving nightlife opportunities and an inclusive community. Still, Columbus remains affordable for young professionals and families, with a diverse array of welcoming neighborhoods. In short, Columbus is a great place to live, work, play, and raise a family, and is routinely listed among the nation’s most livable and opportunity-rich cities.

Columbus State Community College is the largest community college in Ohio and among the largest community colleges in the nation, at approximately 27,000 students. With a 55-year history, we serve students from all backgrounds and seek to cultivate an equally diverse workforce. Columbus State offers more than 200 programs leading to a variety of associate degrees and certificates.  In addition, Columbus State has many employees with decades of service who work alongside new hires within our 2,500-member workforce to share knowledge and experience. The College is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Columbus State’s footprint extends beyond the urban core. Our Delaware Campus, opened in 2010, serves students in the fastest-growing part of the region. Regional Learning Centers, Industry Sites or Educational Partner Sites are located in Grove City, Marysville, Columbus, Reynoldsburg, and Westerville. Our Dublin Center, part of the Integrated Education Center at Ohio University’s Dublin Campus, opened in 2015 and features outstanding medical education facilities. The Southwest Center at Bolton Field is home to the College’s Aviation Maintenance and Fire Science programs.

Columbus State has emerged as a key player in the region’s prosperity. Embracing a partner-first ethos, the College has established itself as a go-to resource for regional employers seeking to hire and retain talent in key industries including information technology, medical science, logistics, business management, modern manufacturing, and more. In a region rich with four-year colleges and universities, Columbus State is increasingly seen as the affordable path to a 2+2 bachelor’s degree. Preferred Pathway partnerships with nine Ohio colleges and universities (including The Ohio State University) allow students to pursue a low-debt or no-debt bachelor’s degree. 

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The Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Search Committee will begin a review of applications on November 14 and continue work until an appointment is made. To assure the most favorable consideration, applications should be received by November 30, 2018, and include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and five professional references with email addresses and telephone numbers. References will not be contacted without prior authorization from the applicant. Women and individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Applications should be sent electronically (MS Word or PDF Format) to:

Please direct nominations and inquiries to:


Executive Search Consultant

AGB Search

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Managing Principal

AGB Search

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Columbus State Community College is committed to supporting a respectful and productive learning, athletic and working environment free of discrimination and harassment. The College prohibits discriminatory or harassing behavior based on a protected class by or against students, employees, persons participating in a College program or activity, vendors and College visitors. Columbus State recognizes the following protected classes: sex, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information (GINA), military status, sexual orientation, pregnancy and gender identity and expression.

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