Vice President for Student Development

  • Lynchburg, VA, USA
  • Jun 30, 2021
Full time Executive

Job Description

University of Lynchburg - Vice President for Student Development


The University of Lynchburg seeks a transformational leader who can apply innovative and strategic thinking to the work of student development as its next Vice President for Student Development (VPSD). The person in this role will oversee 8 departments and approximately 40 staff members across the Division of Student Development.


About the University

The University of Lynchburg is a private university in Central Virginia enrolling about 2,000 undergraduate students in professional and liberal arts study, and more than 1,000 graduate students in master’s and doctoral programs. Founded in 1903, the University of Lynchburg is one of the oldest colleges in Virginia to be coeducational from its founding. It is recognized for engaging classes, character development in students, and community outreach that includes more than 70,000 hours of service each year. It is affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), an inclusive denomination embracing dialogue with people of all beliefs. The University is one of only 46 nationwide to be included in Loren Pope’s Colleges That Change Lives and one of 60 nationwide selected to participate in the Bonner Leader Program.


The Position

The University of Lynchburg seeks a visionary leader with the experience, knowledge, and interpersonal skills to lead the Division of Student Development in a season of institutional change and to be a valued contributor of the President’s Executive Council. As the chief student affairs officer, the VPSD will need to be a strong advocate for both students and the Division of Student Development, as well as oversee all Student Development functions through the supervision of five direct reports: the Dean of Students, Associate Dean for Campus Life, Associate Dean of Wellness, Associate Dean of Students, and the Director of Student Engagement and Leadership Development.


The new Vice President will be charged with evaluating the division's organizational structure, to include hiring or appointing a new Dean of Students, to best meet the needs of the students and divisional goals as they relate to the overall mission of the university. The successful candidate will have a strong working knowledge of student affairs and a minimum of 8 years of experience in the areas represented in the VPSD portfolio. An earned master’s degree in student development or a related field is required, with evidence of effectiveness in student affairs administration and data-driven decisions that advance student success and retention.


Applications and Nominations

This search is assisted by Academic Search, led by Senior Consultants Tom Shandley and Mahauganee Shaw. Nominations, inquiries, and application materials can be submitted to Only applications received by July 27 can be assured full consideration. For more information about the University, the position, and the application procedures, please visit:


The University of Lynchburg is committed to diversity within its community and welcomes applications from persons of color, women, indigenous/aboriginal people of North America, persons with disabilities, the LGBTQ+ community, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the University of Lynchburg community. The University of Lynchburg is an equal opportunity employer.