SUNY Oswego is searching for a student-centered, visionary, servant leader who is committed to cultivating an accessible, equitable, and diverse environment to serve as their Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA). The VPSA will be the University’s chief student affairs officer and oversee the following units: Auxiliary Services, Campus Life, Counseling Services, Health Services, Intercollegiate Athletics, Residence Life and Housing, and Student Conduct. The VPSA will lead a team in the collaborative creation and maintenance of a culture of care in the division student affairs, and across the other divisions of the institution.
For more than 150 years SUNY Oswego has purposefully worked to increase academic and student success, sustain the university, and position its graduates to live ethical and meaningful lives and build a better world for future generations. The university’s mission guides these efforts, “SUNY Oswego contributes to the common good by lighting the path to wisdom and empowering every person in the college community to pursue a meaningful life as a productive, responsible member of society.” SUNY Oswego is rated among the best public comprehensive colleges in the region. Recognized for excellence and value, SUNY Oswego is known for its extraordinary faculty, its welcoming atmosphere, and its reputation for producing fiercely loyal alumni. SUNY Oswego currently includes about 7,000 undergraduates and 1,000 graduate students, all of whom attend classes on SUNY Oswego’s 700-acre main campus on the shores of Lake Ontario, on its downtown Syracuse campus, and through its online and extended learning platforms.
The VPSA will oversee a recently reorganized division that is actively responding to the impacts of COVID-19 and work with staff to redefine and commit to a divisional mission and vision that will carry a new strategic plan forward. Direct reports include: Assistant Vice President for Residence Life and Housing, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Dean of Students, Director of Campus Life, Director of Counseling Center, Director of Health Services, and Director of Student Conduct, and an Administrative Assistant. Due to recent retirements, some of these positions will be filled by either new hires or interim leaders at the time the new VPSA takes office.
The successful candidate will be an experienced campus professional with a deep understanding of student development and student affairs with a synergistic approach to working with colleagues across campus. Serving as a member of the President’s Council, the VPSA will join an established team of senior leaders who partner closely to advance the University’s mission and vision. A key task for the incoming VPSA will be to develop and advance a strategic vision for the Division of Student Affairs while also strengthening collaborations across campus boundaries. The VPSA is expected to assume office on July 1, 2021, or soon thereafter.
Applications and Nominations
Assisting SUNY Oswego with this search are Senior Consultant Eric Richtmeyer and Consultant Mahauganee Shaw, with Academic Search. Nominations, inquiries, and application materials can be submitted to OswegoVPSA@academicsearch.org. To ensure full consideration by the Search Committee, applications should be received by May 14, 2021. For more information on SUNY Oswego, the position, and the application procedures, please visit https://academicsearch.org/wp-content/uploads/formidable/8/OswegoVPSA.pdf.
SUNY Oswego values the contributions to learning for its members that result from maintaining a diverse student body, faculty, and staff. SUNY Oswego will comply with all applicable equal employment opportunity/non-discrimination laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics (including an individual’s ancestry, country of origin, or county of origin of parents, family members, or ancestors), military status, domestic violence victim status, criminal conviction, or any other characteristic protected by applicable local, state, or federal law.