University of the Pacific — Assistant Vice Provost and Director of Admission

University of the Pacific seeks a bold and dynamic leader to serve as its Assistant Vice Provost and Director of Admission. An independent, comprehensive university, Pacific offers undergraduate, professional, and graduate degrees in nine schools and colleges to nearly 6,500 students on three campuses in northern California. The University’s mission is “to provide a superior, student-centered learning experience integrating liberal arts and professional education and preparing individuals for lasting achievement and responsible leadership in their careers and communities.” Pacific aims to be the West’s most dynamic, student-centered national university.

As California’s first chartered institution of higher education in 1851, Pacific offers the advantages of the diverse programs of a major university and the broad, highly personalized learning of the country’s best liberal arts colleges. The University is distinguished by its commitment to the development of “citizen leaders,” rigorous education situated within a supportive community of faculty and students, whose hallmarks include: close student-faculty interaction, institution-wide focus on the development of the whole student, interdisciplinary programs, term-long experiential learning opportunities for all students, and a strong tradition of innovation.

As a university that has long prided itself on pioneering thinking and educational firsts, Pacific seeks an admission professional who will grasp the essential nature of this complex and distinctive organization and employ both strategic and tactical thinking to attract, select, and enroll a highly diverse and talented group of students. Reflecting the significance Pacific is placing on admission and this role, the University has elevated the position to create the first Assistant Vice Provost and Director of Admission, based in Stockton, CA and reporting to Pacific’s chief enrollment officer, the Associate Vice President and Vice Provost of Enrollment Management. With responsibility for undergraduate admission, the Assistant Vice Provost will support admission across the University’s three campuses and serve as a leader, thought partner, and collaborator within the Enrollment Management division and with other units across the University.

First and foremost, the Assistant Vice Provost will be an effective leader who can provide guidance, motivation, and mentorship to the admission staff and act as the driving force behind the reconstruction of a high-performing admission operation. She or he will be excited about and possess the skills to work within an innovative and nimble enrollment environment. The Assistant Vice Provost will have significant, progressive leadership experience within an admission office, exemplify a demonstrated commitment to promote and enhance diversity in all its forms, and display proven experience and expertise in change management.

The University’s undergraduate programs are currently located entirely in Stockton, a culturally and ethnically diverse city of nearly 300,000 people located in the beautiful central valley of California. Bordered by a thousand miles of delta waterways, Stockton is within a three hour drive of the Napa Valley, the Lake Tahoe-Sierra region, Yosemite National Park, and the Monterey Peninsula, and just over an hour from the San Francisco Bay area.

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Review of applications has begun and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should provide a resume, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile available at www.wittkieffer.com, and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. These materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to The University of the Pacific’s consultants Amy Crutchfield and Pat Coleman at UPacificAVPDA@wittkieffer.com.

The University of the Pacific values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.


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