University of Pennsylvania — Vice Provost for University Life

The University of Pennsylvania seeks an innovative, collaborative, inclusive, civic-minded, high-touch, and dynamic leader to serve as its next Vice Provost for University Life. The Vice Provost will lead the important work that supports the University-wide student experience at Penn.

Reporting to the Provost, the next Vice Provost for University Life (VPUL) will lead the Division of VPUL, working collaboratively with faculty, staff, and students across Penn’s 12 schools and interdisciplinary centers and institutes. The Vice Provost will lead all campus initiatives related to student life in a manner that is inclusive, innovative, strategic, data-informed, and maximizes the value of available technologies, while maintaining the responsiveness and individualized approach to students that Penn has always exemplified.

As Penn’s foremost provider of student services and educational access programs, the Division of the Vice Provost for University Life enhances the ability of Penn students to reach their fullest potential. To achieve this, Penn fosters a welcoming, inclusive campus life environment where students and participants experience meaningful co-curricular opportunities, hone skills in leadership, collaboration and teamwork, and model intercultural and interpersonal understanding.

The next Vice Provost will have a complex portfolio of responsibilities that include leading University Life departments and programs serving over 26,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students; providing leadership in long-range strategic planning, assessment of programs, VPUL facilities planning and renovation, development and resource acquisition, program review, and staffing; leading 14 departments and services with annual division operating and associated budgets of over $50 million; and developing, recommending, and implementing long- and short-range VPUL goals, objectives, policies, and procedures. 

The next Vice Provost for University Life will ensure the vision and implementation of divisional strategic priorities and will be energized by the following opportunities and challenges, among others: bringing innovative practices to student life and vision to an evolving division; fostering partnership, communication, and collaboration across a decentralized university model; developing programs and approaches that meet the needs of an evolving student demographic; and generating and strategically allocating resources.

The ideal candidate will be a collaborative, consultative, and visible campus leader with strong management skills and an excellent communicator who engages regularly and enthusiastically with students. Candidates must have a passion for Penn’s mission and a commitment to providing undergraduate, graduate, and professional students with an outstanding experience at Penn. An advanced degree is preferred. For the full position profile, please visit: 

For best consideration, please send all inquiries, nominations, and applications to:

Ruth Shoemaker Wood, Partner
Lindsay Allison, Senior Associate
N. Will Anyu, Junior Associate
Storbeck Search & Associates

Penn is committed to ensuring that its academic, social, recreational programs and services as well as opportunities for admission and employment are available on an equitable and nondiscriminatory basis without regard to an individual’s legally protected class status. Penn also has written affirmative action programs to address any underrepresentation of women, minorities, people with disabilities, and qualified covered veterans. The Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs, in collaboration with the Division of Human Resources and the Office of the Provost, oversees the implementation and administration of the University’s equal opportunity, affirmative action, and nondiscrimination policies and programs. The University recognizes the right of members of the community to raise questions and pursue complaints of discrimination and adheres to a strict policy that prohibits retaliation for doing so. Questions, complaints of alleged discrimination, or concerns regarding these policies or their implementation may be directed to the Executive Director, Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs, Franklin Building, Suite 421, 3451 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6205, (215) 898-6993 (Voice) or (215) 746-7088 (Fax).