Vice President for Student Affairs

Northern Kentucky University in Kentucky

Deadline November 12, 2012
Date Posted October 17, 2012
Type Executive
Salary Competitive
Employment Type Full-time

Northern Kentucky University seeks applications and nominations for the position of Vice President for Student Affairs.  Reporting directly to the President, the Vice President for Student Affairs is responsible for overall excellence of all student support services, and is an integral member of the Presidents operations team, executive team and cabinet. 


This is an exciting time to join the leadership team at Northern Kentucky University, a growing metropolitan university, of nearly 16,000 students.  The university is in its first year of Division I intercollegiate athletic competition and is a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference. The Vice President for Student Affairs and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics work in close partnership on matters of student life and our athletics program.


The universitys fifth president assumed his position on August 1, 2012.  President Geoffrey S. Mearns is fully committed to student success as his top priority and has communicated this message to the campus through his Fall Convocation (State of the University) and other correspondence to the campus.


The president has demonstrated his commitment to student success by naming the Vice President for Student Affairs to a newly created operations team, a subset of vice presidents that also includes the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Vice President for Administration and Finance, Vice President for Planning, Policy and Budget, the President and his executive assistant. 


The Vice President for Student Affairs is responsible for continuing the universitys commitment to integrating curricular and co-curricular elements of students lives and for establishing and maintaining a student environment that supports learning, provides a strong sense of community, promotes student growth through active engagement in the total life of the university, manages the divisions human and fiscal resources, and provides leadership for evaluating and ensuring quality in all aspects of student affairs programs.


The Vice President for Student Affairs will lead an experienced Student Affairs staff with oversight responsibilities for African American Student Affairs; Campus Recreation; Latino Student Affairs; Student Life; Student Orientation and Parents Programs; Student Union and University Center; University Housing; Career Development; Early Childhood Center; Educational Talent Search; Health, Counseling and Prevention; Student Achievement Center; Testing and Disability Services; University Connect and Persist; and Upward Bound.  The Vice President is supported directly by an Assistant Vice President, Dean of Students, Director of Administration, Senior Analyst for Co-Curricular Assessment and Research, and an administrative professional.


In addition to developing goals and strategies for achieving growth and excellence in student services and programs, the Vice President for Student Affairs will also oversee the development and programming for the new $45 million Campus Recreation Center renovation and expansion.  The project is funded through a student-initiated fee and is awaiting bonding approval by the state legislature. 





  • Masters degree is required, but Doctorate is preferred;
  • A minimum of seven years of increasing responsibility  and leadership experience in student affairs at the level of Director, Dean of Students, or above;

A record of successful organizational leadership and demonstrated ability to manage a large and complex organization and budget;

Highly respected team player and community-builder with excellent communication, collaboration and interpersonal skills;

Inclination to lead on behalf of the university, not only the Division of Student Affairs;

Documented accomplishments in creating and supporting a climate of openness, understanding, and mutual respect;

Personal and professional integrity;

Effective decision making;

A demonstrated commitment to diversity including ability to work with diverse groups and valuing and supporting differences;

Willingness and ability to foster a collegial and collaborative culture that capitalizes on the richness of the NKU community and furthers its commitment to academic excellence.


About the University:


NKU is located in Highland Heights, Kentucky, in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky metropolitan area. It is a growing campus nestled in the hills of a safe and quiet suburb with all the attributes of a larger college town. The campus is accessible from four major highways. It is seven miles south of downtown Cincinnati and 20 minutes from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.


NKU currently enrolls 15,748 students, with 12,838 full-time equivalent enrollments. About 70 percent of the students are Kentucky residents. The students come from 109 Kentucky counties and 42 states with about 500 international students from 52 countries. Eighty-seven percent of the student population is Caucasian, six percent African-American, one percent Hispanic, and six percent are classified as other. NKU is a highly commuter-centered metropolitan university, with 12 percent of students living on campus.


See our website at for additional information about Northern Kentucky University.


Application Process:


Please email all materials to Gerard St. Amand, Vice President for University Advancement and VPSA Search Chair at  Your initial submission must include the following:

  • Letter of Interest
  • Resume/CV
  • Five Professional References with contact information


For full consideration, these materials should be received by November 12, 2012.  The process will continue until the position is filled.


It is Northern Kentucky University's policy to ensure equal employment opportunity for all persons and to take the necessary actions needed to recruit, employ, train, promote, and retain qualified faculty and staff, including members of protected groups. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic, or veteran status, is prohibited.

Any candidate offered this position will be required to complete a thorough pre-employment criminal background check as mandated by state law.  



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