Pennsylvania State University — Assistant Vice President for Undergraduate Education and Executive Director of Undergraduate Admissions

The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) seeks an experienced, innovative and collaborative leader to serve as its next Assistant Vice President for Undergraduate Education and Executive Director of Undergraduate Admissions (AVP/EDUA).

Reporting to the Vice President and Dean for Undergraduate Education and serving as a senior member of the Vice President’s leadership group and Enrollment Management Cabinet, the new AVP/EDUA will be responsible for providing strategic leadership and management of the Undergraduate Admissions Office and for the organization and implementation of all activities and responsibilities related to the office, including the analysis of information and data necessary to formulate strategic university-wide undergraduate admissions and recruiting plans and goals across 12 academic colleges at University Park and 19 Commonwealth Campuses and in coordination with the World Campus in support of Penn State’s multi-campus structure and 2+2 option. The new AVPUE/EDUA will be an internal leader and mentor to the undergraduate admissions staff and an enthusiastic external representative for the value of a Penn State education. The person in this role will be a strategic thinker and a skilled relationship manager who will develop connections with people and offices across Penn State’s multi-campus structure. The AVPUE/EDUA oversees an office consisting of 95 staff members and is responsible for an $8 million budget for the office of admissions.

The successful candidate will be an experienced leader of people and programs who displays progressive senior leadership in the field of admissions. Sincere personal and professional commitment to diversity as demonstrated by persistent effort, active planning and effective allocation of resources are essential to this position. Penn State seeks a leader who engages, inspires and supports staff; leads with transparency and inclusivity; makes data informed decisions; communicates effectively; and collaborates with others across the university. A master’s degree and experience at a large, complex university is highly preferred. The successful candidate will possess a minimum for five years in a senior leadership position within a large organization, preferably in an enrollment management role.

The Pennsylvania State University, founded in 1855, is the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s sole land-grant institution and its largest public university. Penn State’s land-grant mission embraces teaching, research, and public service in order to support the citizens of the Commonwealth, collaborating with industrial, educational, and agricultural partners to create, disseminate, integrate, and apply knowledge that is valuable to society. As an extraordinary, 21st-century, global institution, Penn State has an impressive depth, breadth, and variety of collaborative talent across disciplines, along with tremendous resolve and energy. With all key stakeholders working together, the elements are in place for Penn State to continue to extend its reach and impact through teaching and learning, research, and service while remaining committed to a mission of student success, access, and affordability.

Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by May 11, 2020. 

Candidates should provide, as two separate documents, a résumé and a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the Leadership Profile, found at www.wittkieffer.com. These materials should be sent via email to The Pennsylvania State University’s consultants Lisa Meyer and Patricia Coleman at PennStateEDUA@wittkieffer.com. The consultants can also be reached through the desk of Toni Bell at lbell@wittkieffer.com. 

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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Employment with the University will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.

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