The New School — Vice Provost for Student Success & Engagement

The New School invites inquiries and nominations for the position of Vice Provost for Student Success & Engagement.

Just over a century ago, The New School was founded as a place that could challenge convention and champion the world-changing power of lifelong learning and creative scholarship that impacted the most pressing issues of the day. Today, campuses in New York City and Paris offer more than 126 undergraduate and graduate degree programs and adult, continuing, and executive education in seven schools and colleges. The New School is the only university with a top comprehensive design school nested among a renowned performing arts school, a progressive liberal arts college, and a legendary social research school. Through the years, each of The New School’s innovative schools and colleges has carried forward a legacy of varied opinions, radical ideas, and progressive solutions while evolving to provide its more than 10,000 students with a challenging and relevant education. 

An institution of creators and change makers, The New School is positioned to build on its many accomplishments to meet the challenges of the pandemic and post-pandemic era. During this moment of transition in higher education, the Vice Provost will be comfortable with and excited by change, leading a Student Success division that supports self-motivated students who are intellectually curious and ready to question dominant cultural and social norms in a rigorous academic and creative environment. The Vice Provost will work collaboratively across the university to establish and implement the vision for a future-focused student life and success operation that addresses the biggest issues facing students — including food and financial security; mental health and wellness; and social, racial, and gender inclusion — and is fully integrated into the university’s mission, values, aspirations, and structures. The Vice Provost will provide mentorship and leadership for the Student Success team and further a coordinated, positive, and supportive experience for all students, with particular attention to the differing needs of traditional college-age and adult students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The successful candidate will be a seasoned professional who brings deep student development experience and the ability to operate in a complex environment while always centering the values of equity, inclusion, and social justice in their work with students, staff, and faculty. 

Joining an innovative and creative academic community where journalists collaborate with designers, architects with sociologists, and musicians with activists to create effective new solutions, the Vice Provost for Student Success & Engagement will enthusiastically utilize the spirit of invention, change, and progress to establish and implement a forward-thinking vision for undergraduate and graduate student success that puts students at the center. The Vice Provost will report to Provost Renée White, who joined The New School in August of 2021, to amplify the great teaching, learning, design, humanities, and research mission of the university community and to continue realizing The New School’s deep commitment to equity and justice. As a member of the Provost’s council, the Vice Provost will continue to integrate their work closely with the school and college deans as the success of students is reliant on the interconnections of academic and co-academic support.

The New School is committed to ensuring an equitable, inclusive, and socially just environment for all students, staff, and faculty. As such, the Vice Provost will always keep student welfare at the forefront and demonstrate a commitment to social justice and fostering a diverse, welcoming, and inclusive community.

WittKieffer is assisting The New School in this search. All applications, nominations, and inquiries are invited. 

Applications should include, as two separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile which can be found at Professional references are not requested at this time.

For fullest consideration, applications should be received by April 15, 2022. 

Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:

Amy Crutchfield, Robin Mamlet and Meredith Davis, Ph.D. 

The New School is committed to creating and maintaining an environment that promises diversity and tolerance in all areas of employment, education and access to its educational, artistic or cultural programs and activities. The New School does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, creed, sex or gender (including actual or perceived gender identity or expression or transgender status), sexual orientation, sexual and other reproductive health decisions, pregnancy, religion, religious practices, mental or physical disability, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, veteran status, marital or partnership status, or any other legally protected status.

The New School is strongly committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and particularly seeks applications from members of underrepresented groups, as well as candidates who share this commitment.