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Vice President for Leadership Development and Partnerships

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Application deadline: October 15, 2020

Senior Consultant: Jay Lemons

Senior Consultant: Shawn Hartman

Consultant: Jennifer Kooken

President Mildred García and the Board of Directors of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) invite nominations, expressions of interest, and applications for the position of Vice President for Leadership Development and Partnerships.

AASCU seeks an innovative and forward-thinking leader to support, enhance, and promote a wide range of leadership development programs, meetings, and events to serve AASCU members. The Vice President for Leadership Development and Partnerships is responsible for the oversight and management of meeting and conference logistics, leadership development programs, sponsorships, and web-based programs. Under the direction of President García, the Vice President serves as a collaborative member of the Executive Leadership Team and directs the staff in the Leadership Development and Partnerships Division.

AASCU seeks a Vice President for Leadership Development and Partnerships with exemplary planning, organizational, and communication abilities who has demonstrated success in leadership development programming or conference and events management. The Vice President should have proven abilities in developing cooperative relationships, including those with senior administrators, as well as in-depth knowledge of the higher education landscape and a deep regard for the mission and role of AASCU and its member institutions. Additional information about the position and the qualifications and desired attributes and experience are detailed in the search prospectus, which can be downloaded above.

This search comes at a time of great change and uncertainty in higher education. Public trust and support for higher education have waned and the long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is unknown. With these in mind, it is even more important that the AASCU team build upon the accomplishments of the past and boldly consider the ways in which the association can advance its advocacy, leadership, and service in support of member institutions and in the cause of advancing the distinctive mission of public higher education.

How to apply: Applications should consist of a thoughtful letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, and a list of five professional references with contact information. References will be contacted at a later stage and only with the candidate’s permission. Applications as well as nominations and expressions of interest can be submitted to:

The position is open until filled but only applications received by October 15, 2020, can be assured full consideration.

AASCU is being assisted by Academic Search. Confidential discussions about this opportunity can be arranged by contacting Jay Lemons (, Shawn Hartman (, or Jennifer Kooken (

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