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Vice President/Senior Vice President for Student Life Columbus, OH

The Ohio State University seeks an energetic and seasoned student affairs expert to serve as its next Vice President/Senior Vice President for Student Life (VP/SVPSL). Reporting to the president and serving a critical role on the President’s Cabinet, the VP/SVPSL will embody the university’s mission by promoting engagement, a sense of belonging, and a deeply felt, shared connection to community throughout Ohio State’s vibrantly diverse undergraduate, graduate, and professional student population.

The VP/SVPSL position demands both inspirational leadership and a thorough understanding of the best practices in student affairs. The successful candidate must possess the knowledge, skills, and experience required to create a cohesive campus community; serve as a highly engaged and visible advocate for students; continue building robust and meaningful connections with faculty; provide leadership and guidance on crisis response campus-wide; and embrace Buckeye traditions.

The VP/SVPSL will be responsible for overseeing a robust student affairs operation with a budget of approximately $280 million and a staff of over 1,100 professional and 6,000 student employees. The successful candidate will work to shape and promote the vision of a fully integrated student experience. In addition, the VP/SVPSL will enhance the connections between the academic and non-academic dimensions of student life.

As a member of the President’s Cabinet, the VP/SVPSL will be expected to provide visionary and strategic leadership to the Office of Student Life; collaborate with colleagues throughout the university to achieve a fully integrated student experience; support a diverse student body and promote Ohio State’s access and affordability mission; develop and lead a robust management team; and provide management and oversight of a complex business enterprise.

Confidential inquiries, nominations, and applications may be directed to the firm as indicated below. For best consideration, please submit all materials no later than Friday, June 7, 2019. Please note that all applications, nominations, emails, and other inquiries are subject to Ohio Public Records Law (Ohio Revised Code, chapter 149.43).

Keight Kennedy is leading this search with Sherlene Parsons.

The Ohio State University is committed to equal employment opportunity, and does not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or any other bases prohibited by law, in its activities, programs, admission, and employment.


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