Saint Mary’s College of Maryland — Vice President for Equity and Strategic Initiatives

St. Mary’s College of Maryland, a public, non-sectarian, co-educational liberal arts institution, seeks an experienced, strategic and collaborative leader to become its next vice president for equity and strategic initiatives. Chartered by the State of Maryland and designated by the State as its official honors college, St. Mary’s College of Maryland (St. Mary’s College) is recognized as the first National Public Honors College. Founded on the site of Maryland’s first capital at the place where the separation of church and state was first enacted as an ideal in this country, the College stands as a living legacy to the ideals of freedom and inclusiveness in a setting that continually renews its commitment to the environment. 

St. Mary’s College has forged a singular identity as an institution offering a small college experience comparable to that found at exceptional private colleges with commitments to affordability, inclusive diversity, equity and access. Its faculty excels in teaching, scholarship, creative thinking, community engagement and an appreciation of and commitment to the study of world issues, cultures and communities. The College’s LEAD (Learning Through Experiential and Applied Discovery) curricular initiative blends together a thoughtful and purposeful academic experience with professional skill development, weaving credit-bearing courses and hands-on opportunities directly into each student’s chosen major. LEAD includes the Honors College Promise, which guarantees every student the opportunity to undertake an internship, partake in research with a faculty member, or an international experience. First-year students have the option of using Job-IQ®, an online career curriculum that includes career exploration, resume development, interview skills and connections with alumni mentors. 

Undergraduate and residential in nature, St. Mary’s College has a diverse student body of approximately 1,600, emphasizes excellence in teaching and averages an impressive student to teacher ratio of 10:1. In recent years, the College has greatly enhanced its facilities, including new academic buildings and the Jamie L. Roberts Stadium and is in the middle of constructing a new Performing Arts Center with a 700-seat auditorium, facilities for the performing arts/music and education, and a learning commons which will offer significant opportunities to enhance curricular and co-curricular programming.

St. Mary’s College is seeking a leader who engages, inspires and drives equity and strategic initiatives across campus; leads with transparency and inclusivity; and makes data-informed decisions. The successful candidate will be an adroit and experienced leader of inclusion, diversity and equity who will implement best practices, optimize finance and budgeting in a highly tuition-dependent environment and serve as a role model to promote respect and inclusiveness in interactions at all levels across the campus. The new leader will be a superb communicator and effective change manager with exceptional analytical and relationship-building skills.

An advanced graduate or professional degree from an accredited college or university is required, doctoral degree preferred.

Located in a beautiful rural waterfront setting covering 360 acres on the banks of the St. Mary’s River, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay, the College fully embraces its historic and physical geography with a commitment to sustainable development. The waterfront is a distinctive and highly attractive characteristic of the College and is fully integrated into the life of the campus for learning, recreation and sport. The campus adjoins Historic St. Mary’s City, a fully accredited outdoor museum supported by the State of Maryland and private sources. The College and St. Mary’s City are formally affiliated and the relationship affords students opportunities for fieldwork in archaeology and historic interpretation. 

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received no later than December 1. 

Candidates should provide, as two separate documents, a resume and a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the Leadership Profile, available at wittkieffer.com. Professional references and other documents are not requested at this time. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal. 

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to consultants Charlene Aguilar and Jevon Walton at:

SMCM-VPESI@wittkieffer.com

St. Mary’s College of Maryland is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

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