Vice President for Student Life

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Application deadline: November 11, 2019

Senior Consultant: Ann Die Hasselmo

Consultant: Andrea Cowsert

Associate Consultant: Kate Cusimano

Vice President for Student Life

The University of Alabama (UA) invites applications and nominations for the position of Vice President for Student Life.

The University, located in the city of Tuscaloosa, is one of the nation’s premier public universities offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in more than 200 fields of study. UA’s more than 1,000 acres of tree-lined pathways and state-of-the-art facilities are a source of inspiration for students, faculty, and staff. For the last two years, UA’s enrollment has exceeded 38,000 students, with an entering freshman class between 6,600 and 7,000, and it has been one of the fastest growing flagship universities. Approximately 40 percent of UA’s freshman class scored 30 or higher on the ACT. The University is a leader among public universities nationwide in the enrollment of National Merit Scholars with more than 600 currently on campus. As the state’s flagship university, UA has recently achieved Doctoral Universities – Very High Research Activity (formerly R1) status in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The University has over 1,800 faculty with twenty-six receiving the NSF’s CAREER Award, the nation’s most prestigious recognition of top-performing young scientists, in disciplines ranging from nanoscience and engineering to biological sciences.

The Vice President for Student Life serves as the senior student life administrator, reporting directly to the President of the University. The Vice President will work jointly with students, faculty, and staff to create and maintain a climate that fosters student learning and development while enhancing a strong sense of community for UA students. The Vice President serves as a strong advocate for students and staff members within the division and advises the President on topics related to student development and engagement. All departments reporting through the Vice President of Student Life can be found here: UA is seeking an innovative and high-energy leader preferably with experience at a comprehensive doctoral-level institution and/or experience in a senior level position in Student Life. The Vice President should possess conflict management and resolution skills, a keen attention to detail and context, the ability to engage staff in learning and development opportunities, the ability to manage multiple high-level priorities simultaneously, and a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Applications, nominations, and expressions of interest may be sent in complete confidence. Full consideration will be given to all applications received by November 11, 2019. Application materials, to include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and full contact information for five references – who will not be contacted without permission – must be electronically submitted to:

Confidential discussions about this opportunity may be arranged by contacting Ann Die Hasselmo at or Andrea Cowsert at, consultants with Academic Search, Inc., Washington, D.C.

Further information about the University of Alabama is available at

The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status, and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status. Applicants to and employees of this institution are protected under Federal law from discrimination on several bases.