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Dean of the College Haverford, PA

Haverford College, one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, just outside of Philadelphia, seeks an accomplished and collaborative student affairs leader to become its next Dean of the College (“Dean”). Haverford provides an intensely personal undergraduate education inspired by intellectual depth, integrity, collaboration, and dedication to preparing students for lives of service and leadership. Reporting directly to the President, the next Dean will join a close-knit community that combines the values of trust, concern, and respect with a rigorous academic program led by world class faculty.

The Dean serves as Haverford’s senior officer most directly concerned with the academic progress and personal welfare of Haverford students. The Dean’s expansive portfolio comprises all aspects of student life, including: academic advising, accessibility services; diversity, equity, inclusion, and Title IX; intercollegiate athletics (NCAA Division III); new student programs; registrar functions; residential life; student conduct; student counseling; student engagement; student health; student support and outreach; and student wellness. The Dean oversees an operating budget of approximately $11 million and over 70 full-time employees.

This is a tremendous opportunity to play a leadership role in all matters that shape the distinctive Haverford student experience at an important moment in the College’s history. Wendy E. Raymond, a distinguished molecular biologist with national standing on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, became Haverford’s 16th president on July 1, 2019. She steps into her new role at a time of great change and challenge in higher education. In her first year, President Raymond identified three issues as particularly pressing for her and for Haverford: diversity, equity, and inclusion; fostering important dialogue across difference; and affordability of higher education. Haverford has long been engaged in all of these endeavors and the next Dean will be a critical partner in continuing such engagement and improving it at all levels.  

Integrity, social justice, and creating an inclusive community where all students can thrive are key principles in the Haverford community. As such, the ideal candidate will build upon a strong shared governance foundation to foster an inclusive and equitable community, as well as a vibrant intellectual culture, supported by an integrated academic and campus experience. The next Dean will bring to Haverford a deep familiarity with trends and challenges in the field of student affairs, a profound understanding of and commitment to advancing equity and inclusion for students across socio-economic backgrounds and intersecting identities, a record of successful consensus and community building, and a proven ability to forge sustaining and effective relationships with students, faculty, staff, and college leadership.

Ponneh Varho and Natalie Leonhard are leading this search.

Haverford College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, disability or veteran status. Haverford has a longstanding commitment to diversity rooted in values of inclusion and social justice, a commitment reflected in the curriculum, classrooms, and communal composition of the College. Haverford welcomes applications from candidates who share these values and who will foster their contribution to the College’s mission.

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