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Vice Provost/Vice President for Campus Life Durham, NC

Duke University seeks an outstanding and visionary leader to serve as its next Vice Provost/Vice President for Campus Life (“VPCL”). Reporting to both the Provost and the Executive Vice President, this individual will lead a first-class, complex student affairs organization. To do so, the VPCL will be a builder of community and culture, an advocate for student needs, and a gifted administrator with business acumen. Success in this role will require a deep understanding of student development, the needs of a diverse student body, the role the university plays in creating and sustaining a safe learning and living community for students, and the interdependence of the academic and non-academic aspects of the student experience.

This is a tremendous opportunity for an accomplished student affairs leader to join the senior leadership at Duke University, to serve its students as an inspiring and respected ally, and to lead the university’s efforts to provide the very best student experience. The position requires a leader with strategic vision and a thorough understanding of best practices in student affairs. The successful candidate will be the students’ advocate first and foremost, but will also bring the skills and experience necessary to manage senior staff, a large budget and complex business enterprises, and an appreciation for the aims and needs of the university community as a whole.

As the senior student affairs officer at Duke, the VPCL will play a central role in the formulation of student policies and programs, determine fiscal requirements, prepare budgetary recommendations, and provide counsel as the university makes strategic decisions that shape the undergraduate and graduate student experiences. The Division of Campus Life (formerly known as Student Affairs) operates with a budget exceeding $119 million and with a workforce of more than 500 employees and 600 students and more than 1.5 million square feet of facilities across the campus. The VPCL is responsible for residential and dining services, multiple student extracurricular organizations at the undergraduate and graduate level, the career center, student wellness services, parent and family programs, and a variety of other student-directed services.  

Ponneh Varho is leading this search with Keight Kennedy and Martens Roc.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Duke also makes good faith efforts to recruit, hire, and promote qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.


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