The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) seeks a strategic, student-centered, and experienced student affairs leader to serve as its next vice president for student affairs (VPSA). Committed to inclusive excellence in practice, UMBC is proud to be one of the nation's fastest-growing and most diverse public top-tier universities. The University’s vibrant campus is regarded as a new model for American higher education – a place where talented students, faculty, and staff thrive in a culture that embraces innovative ideas.
This is an exciting and transformational time at UMBC under the leadership of President Sheares Ashby; there is a strong understanding and appreciation for the significant role student affairs plays in student success, student retention, and providing a holistic student experience. The search for the next VPSA is happening concurrently with a search for a new provost, which offers these new leaders an opportunity to reimagine how student affairs and academic affairs partner to provide an integrated student experience. Young and dynamic, UMBC is small enough to provide personal attention to its students yet large enough to offer state-of-the-art facilities and services that support a large population of residential students. Home to almost 14,000 students with roughly 4,000 residential students, the division of student affairs supports a vibrant, robust, and actively engaged student community.
The VPSA will oversee nine departments within the division of student affairs. The next VPSA will have an immense opportunity to assess, build, and envision a future that enhances the student experience for all students, including graduate, undergraduate, non-degree, transfer, international, and commuter students. UMBC seeks a leader who will provide strategic and imaginative leadership, striving to create a unified vision for the division based on the needs of the university’s current student population. The VPSA should promote the intentional and meaningful integration of student affairs and academic affairs to support the whole student, prioritizing current national issues affecting students, such as mental health and well-being, and equity and access to resources in higher education. The next VPSA will be a savvy manager, guiding operational and fiscal resources with pragmatic ingenuity; an intellectually curious and collaborative colleague who will join the president’s senior leadership team; and a creative leader who is ready to imagine and execute a vision for the future of student affairs at UMBC.
Dr. Sheares Ashby has appointed a search committee to conduct this confidential search in partnership with Keight Tucker Kennedy and Hannah Moore of the national executive search firm Isaacson, Miller. Confidential nominations, inquiries, and applications may be directed to the search firm via this website.
The University of Maryland, Baltimore County, values safety, cultural and ethnic diversity, social responsibility, lifelong learning, equity, and civic engagement. Consistent with these principles, the UMBC does not discriminate in offering equal access to its educational programs and activities or with respect to employment terms and conditions on the basis of a UMBC community member’s race, creed, color, religion, sex, gender, pregnancy, ancestry, age, gender identity or expression, national origin, veterans status, marital status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, or genetic information.