Gwynedd Mercy University — Vice President for Academic Affairs

Gwynedd Mercy University is seeking an experienced and innovative academic leader to join the leadership team of new President Deanne H. D’Emilio as Vice President for Academic Affairs. This is an exciting opportunity to help guide the strategic direction of the university and build upon its rich history of excellence. A visionary with knowledge of trends in higher education and a strong record of executing strategic plans with successful outcomes will be preferred.

Gwynedd Mercy University is a private, Catholic institution with a strong foundation in the liberal arts founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1948. The University sits on a beautiful 160 acre campus in suburban Philadelphia with two satellite locations in Bensalem and Center City. More than 2700 students are served by four schools: Arts and Sciences; Business and Education; Graduate and Professional Studies; and The Frances M. Maguire School of Nursing and Health Professions. There are more than 40 undergraduate and graduate programs offered in a variety of formats.

The Vice President for Academic Affairs is the chief academic officer of the university, is a member of the President’s Executive Council, and reports directly to the President.  The Vice President supports the university’s mission and core values in all interactions. The Vice President provides academic leadership for all of the undergraduate and graduate programs. Positions that report to the Vice President include: Deans of the four Schools; Dean of Student Success; Assistant Vice President for Assessment and Compliance; Director of the Library; Registrar;  The Vice President serves as chair of the Deans’ Council and Academic Council.

Qualifications: The successful candidate is expected to have thorough familiarity with the philosophy and responsibilities of an independent institution of higher education in the Catholic/Mercy tradition. An earned doctorate in an appropriate field from a regionally accredited institution is required. The following additional qualifications provide the expectations of the search:

  • A deep understanding of his/her role as an advocate for learning and the ability to work collaboratively with faculty and staff as colleagues in the teaching and learning enterprise within a system of shared governance and mutual respect
  • Experience in senior higher education administration, as a provost, vice president, dean, assistant vice president, assistant provost or equivalent position, including fiscal and personnel responsibilities, strategic planning, accreditation, academic program review, and faculty development
  • Experience as a faculty member commensurate with associate professor or professor rank
  • Evidence of successfully leading new program development
  • Appreciation of the Mercy Charism along with the ability to facilitate integration of the Charism, as appropriate, into the teaching/learning environment
  • An entrepreneurial vision that draws from all elements of the institution and a strong understanding of current issues and trends in higher education
  • Effective and open interpersonal communication skills, with proven ability to foster collaborative efforts and build internal and external partnerships
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills, including the ability to identify, consult and resolve issues that impact institutional needs and priorities
  • Ability to represent the academic enterprise and academic priorities of the institution to internal and external constituencies
  • Experience with preparing accreditation reports and documents for submission to the Middle States Association and other accrediting agencies
  • Experience with serving a broad array of students including undergraduate, residential, commuter, traditional, adult, graduate, and online
  • Ability to effectively integrate and support liberal arts and professional programs
  • Experience with online and hybrid delivery systems
  • Evidence of successful budget and efficient resource management
  • Flexible working style

To apply: For full consideration, applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references through the University’s online application,