Kenyon College — Dean of Students

Kenyon College invites applications, nominations and expressions of interest for the position of dean of students. This exceptional leader will join a student-centered, residential, liberal arts college as a strategic partner to the vice president of student affairs. An experienced student affairs leader, the next dean will bring an enterprising, motivated and agile spirit to promote a holistic co-curricular culture rooted in inclusion, equity and diversity.

Kenyon College is a highly selective private institution founded in 1824 and will celebrate its bicentennial in 2024. It is ranked #30 by the U.S. News & World Report and boasts top-notch faculty, talented students and a picturesque campus. Nestled in the village of Gambier, Ohio, the hilltop campus includes 125 buildings and a 500-acre environmental center that serve as gateways to 50 majors, minors and concentrations. Kenyon offers a robust curricular and co-curricular experience, including a long and meaningful tradition of faculty advising. Kenyon is an NCAA Division III powerhouse with 60 national championship trophies and ranks second in the country for producing NCAA Postgraduate Scholars.

Reporting to Vice President of Student Affairs Celestino Limas, the dean of students is a member of the Division of Student Affairs and supports the mission of the College by overseeing residential, co-curricular and extracurricular experiences. The College relies on the dean of students and the areas of residence life and student engagement to advance policies and programs aimed at positive and rewarding student experience. The dean of students leads the offices of Residential Life and Student Engagement, providing vision, direction and strategic leadership to facilitate students’ growth and personal achievement. The dean will be a partner to academic colleagues in an effort to cultivate an entrepreneurial environment that will provide students with a robust co-curricular experience. 

The dean of students will be a visionary leader whose commitment to innovation and campus-wide partnerships will enhance the delivery of programs and services to all students through the Foundations for Kenyon’s Third Century strategic plan. The ideal candidate will be a natural collaborator, an excellent communicator and a valued student affairs professional who is ready for calculated risk-taking, setting strategic direction and holding people accountable. They will also have the ability to provide strategic-level leadership for all of Kenyon’s student-centered endeavors including its residential and living/learning communities. The dean will be experienced with the assessment of learning outcomes; the complex legal and legislative environment that informs the work of the component offices; and will be an advocate for advancing cultural diversity as an element of inclusive excellence in student affairs.

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the profile available at

WittKieffer is assisting Kenyon College in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by April 25, 2022. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:

Darrien Davenport, Meredith Davis and Robin Mamlet

Kenyon College is an equal opportunity employer and applications from members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged. It is the College’s policy to evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, physical and/or mental disability, age, religion, medical condition, veteran status, marital status or any other characteristic protected by institutional policy or state, local or federal law.

Kenyon has a strong commitment to supporting diversity, equity and inclusion. Please visit the Diversity at Kenyon website for more information.