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Associate Vice President for Student Success

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Application deadline: May 8, 2020

Senior Consultant: Scott Flanagan

Consultant: Bethany Zecher Sutton

Associate Vice President for Student Success

Excelsior College seeks to fill the position of Associate Vice President for Student Success. Reporting directly to the Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Associate Vice President will join a leadership team dedicated to delivering on the mission, vision, and values of the institution.

Founded in 1971, Excelsior College is a regionally accredited, not-for-profit distance learning institution focused on providing educational opportunity to adult learners. Nationally recognized as one of the pioneers in distance learning and the assessment of learning, Excelsior offers affordable higher education opportunities for individuals looking to complete their degree. With a diverse student body and a long history of educating first-generation college students, active-duty military personnel, and veterans, the Excelsior College community is strongly committed to its mission of supporting the academic success and personal growth of their students.

The Associate Vice President for Student Success is a strategic leader for initiatives that support post-traditional learners. The AVP–Student Success is a highly visible leader, building and fostering relationships with various units across the College to ensure student needs are prioritized and student success goals are achieved. Areas of responsibility include the budget, planning, and operational functions and services across a wide portfolio including Accessibility Services, Advising, Career Services, Center for Military & Veteran Education, Degree Audit, Ombudsperson, Staff Development/Quality Assurance, and Transcript Analysis. The successful candidate will demonstrate how these areas are managed in an integrated manner and as a part of a consistent, proactive, student/customer experience. In addition, the AVP–Student Success will be responsible for providing leadership in the coordination, planning, implementation, and evaluation of student success initiatives. In that capacity, the person will work closely with Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, the Vice Provost for Academic and Faculty Support and the School deans.

Required Qualifications

Master’s degree required. Earned doctorate preferred, preferably in a discipline such as business, economics, psychology, communication, or a related field. Minimum of five years of related experience, preferably in areas such as counseling, advising, customer service, higher education, or student personnel.

To apply

The search is being assisted by Academic Search, Inc. A full profile for the position is available under “Open Searches” at

To arrange a confidential conversation about this position, please contact the consultants conducting the search, Dr. Scott Flanagan and Ms. Bethany Zecher Sutton, by email ( and  or by phone (202-332-4049).

The position is open until filled, but only applications received by May 8, 2020 are assured full consideration. To apply, a candidate should submit a thoughtful letter of interest addressing the leadership agenda, the required qualifications and desired characteristics; a current, long-form resume or curriculum vitae (showing relevant administrative responsibilities and accomplishments); and the names, phone numbers and email addresses of at least five professional references, with an indication of the candidate’s relationship to each reference. References will not be contacted until a later stage in the search and only with the candidate’s foreknowledge.

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Excelsior College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/ADA employer committed to excellence and diversity that strives to enhance our ability to develop a diverse faculty and staff to increase our potential to serve a diverse student population.