Vice President of Student Affairs

Vice President of Student Affairs

Westfield State University

Westfield, Massachusetts

Westfield State University seeks an experienced, dynamic, and inspiring leader to become its next Vice President for Student Affairs. Reporting to the President, the Vice President will be a campus leader, a builder of community, and a talented administrator with broad reach across campus. The individual will play a significant role in the experience of all students and will enhance the quality of life on campus for an intelligent, active, and increasingly diverse student body.

Founded in 1839, Westfield State University (WSU) is a comprehensive, coeducational, four-year public university in Westfield, Massachusetts. Founded by Horace Mann, a noted educator and social reformer, Westfield was founded as the first public, co-educational college in America to exist without barrier to race, gender, or economic class. Enrolling 5,000 undergraduates, 600 part-time students, and 800 graduate students Westfield strives to foster intellectual curiosity, encourage critical thinking, inspire civic engagement, and promote a global perspective.

The Vice President of Student Affairs must: work across departments and divisions to promote a fully integrated student experience; provide visionary student affairs leadership; serve as a trusted and valued member of the President’s senior leadership team; promote and strengthen the university’s diversity efforts and educate the campus community on inclusivity; and engage personally with the student population.

The successful candidate will be an advocate for students while also bringing the skills and experience needed for guiding senior staff in the Division, and an appreciation for the vision of the university community as a whole. While first-rate administrative skills are essential, the ideal candidate will also possess an educator’s passion, an abiding commitment to the individual, and a determination to contribute to the lifelong welfare and success of each student. The minimum qualifications include a master’s degree and ten years of increasing responsibility in student affairs-related positions.

The national executive search firm of Isaacson, Miller has been retained to assist Westfield State University in this search. All inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed in confidence to Rebecca Kennedy, Partner; Sydney Giller; Associate; Isaacson, Miller. Electronic submission of materials is encouraged via:

Westfield State University is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and staff dedicated to teaching and working in a multi-cultural environment. A tradition of opportunity for 170 years: the University continues to be open to all regardless of class, gender, or race since Westfield’s founding, and distinguished by educating freed African-Americans in the post-Civil War era. The University strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities.