Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and Students Affairs

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and Students Affairs


The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is currently searching for candidates for the position of Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) and Students Affairs.


The University: The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is a breakout leader for academic excellence and high-impact practices in the UW System. Consistently ranked among the top five public Midwestern universities, UW-Eau Claire recently earned the top national award for undergraduate research collaboration, a 50-year faculty-student tradition with global impact. This campus is known for natural beauty, spanning a winding river, and its hilltop residence halls overlook magnificent views of the Chippewa Valley. More than 10,500 students are drawn to this vibrant hub where innovation, leadership, diversity and inclusion are core values. Groundbreaking community partnerships in manufacturing, business, health care, and the cultural arts produce myriad opportunities for scholarship and internship. Average class size is 27 with a faculty/student ratio of 1:21. The University is noted for low debt for graduates and high value at a competitive tuition rate. The growing city of Eau Claire is located about 90 miles east of Minneapolis, with a population of about 70,000 that swells to 170,000 in spring and summer, when a half-dozen major music festivals draw visitors to the “Music Capital of the North.” The vibe on campus and in the surrounding community is one of boundless possibility and lifelong learning.


Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and Student Affairs: This role will be filled by a dynamic individual with proven leadership skills to guide campus efforts to provide students with a transformative, inclusive, and supportive living and learning experience. Reporting directly to the Chancellor, the Vice Chancellor for EDI and Student Affairs will promote the development and success of students and provide strategic vision, leadership, and direction for a wide range of EDI programs that enhance the quality of life for all UW-Eau Claire and UWEC–Barron County students, faculty, staff, and community members. The Vice Chancellor will work with all divisions to partner and champion progress on the University’s strategic plan, its EDI plan, and enrollment management plan, actively engaging faculty, staff, students, and community members in reaching its goals.


The Vice Chancellor for EDI and Student Affairs is a senior administrator, serving on the Chancellor’s executive leadership team and representing the University to the UW System and to the community. As a colleague and partner with the Vice Chancellors for Academic Affairs, Enrollment Management and Finance and Administration, the Vice Chancellor for EDI and Student Affairs collaboratively guides and advises the Chancellor and University leadership on student support services, initiatives supported by the Dean of Students, and campus-wide student and EDI initiatives in service to UW-Eau Claire’s goals for an equitable, inclusive, and safe university for all its students, faculty, and staff, especially those of marginalized identities. The Vice Chancellor must be adept at facilitating difficult discussions, shepherding change, creating and strengthening partnerships, and aligning an array of efforts across campus in service to student success. to view a three-minute video in which UW-Eau Claire Chancellor James Schmidt and other campus leaders discuss the vision and possibilities for EDI and Students Affairs.


Qualifications. The successful candidate must possess a Master’s degree or equivalent from an accredited institution (with a doctorate preferred) and will be an experienced higher education administrator with vision, energy, and interpersonal and leadership skills able to engage the University in achieving ambitious goals.


For a full list of responsibilities and qualifications, see the position profile at


Application. The University is being assisted by Academic Search, Inc. Applications should consist of a substantive cover letter, a curriculum vitae and a list of five professional references with full contact information. No references will be contacted without the explicit permission of the candidate. Applications, nominations and expressions of interest can be submitted electronically, and in confidence, to:


The position is open until filled but only applications received by Wednesday, September 4, 2019, can be assured full consideration. Confidential discussions about this opportunity may be arranged by contacting consultants Ann Die Hasselmo at and Chris Butler at For more information on UW-Eau Claire, please see


UW-Eau Claire is an AA/EEO/Veterans/Disability employer dedicated to enhancing

diversity, equity, and inclusion.