Arcadia University — Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students

Arcadia University | Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students
Glenside, PA

Arcadia University, a top-ranked private university in Greater Philadelphia and a national leader in international education invites applications and nominations for the Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students. Reporting to President Ajay Nair, the new Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students, (VPCL) is charged with exercising transformational leadership; designing and implementing a holistic and comprehensive student engagement strategy; motivating and inspiring staff; developing collaborative relationships internally and externally; optimizing technology; and modeling values of transparency, integrity, diversity, and inclusion. The Vice President will lead a division of 60 full and part time staff, manage an operating budget of $3.3 million, and oversee the student affairs enterprise that serves a vibrant community of approximately 3,000 students, including 1,800 undergraduate students and 1,200 graduate students. The new Vice President will join the Presidential Cabinet, one of the most diverse and influential teams in higher education today. Arcadia seeks a fearless, dynamic, and engaging leader who is ready to roll up their sleeves and to bring energy, optimism, and their authentic self to reimagine and champion the student experience at Arcadia.

The Opportunity
Reporting directly to the President and serving as a valued member of the President's Cabinet, the Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students (VPCL) serves as the Chief Student Affairs Officer for Arcadia. The VPCL serves as advisor to the President, the Provost, members of the President's Cabinet and other university administrators, and faculty on all matters concerning student life, student services, programs, and activities. The Vice President provides administrative management for the Division of Campus Life and its departments and in partnership with colleagues across the institution will provide strategic vision and leadership to the entire campus to promote the University's goals of diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-Black racism initiatives in its programs, services, and activities.

The Vice President's portfolio includes the many units that that enhance the quality of student life and foster student engagement; provide essential student support services that enable students to accomplish their academic and professional goals; promote academic, personal, and social growth and development; support opportunities to connect meaningfully both formal academic experiences and co-curricular learning and leadership; respond to student concerns and coordinate university response to students in crises. The specific areas under the VPCL portfolio include:

Student Affairs
• Student Conduct
Campus and Residence Life
• Engagement (student organizations, student government, and student activities)
• Commuter Programs
• New Student Programs
• Campus Recreation
• Food Pantry
Counseling Services
Student Health Services
Public Safety
Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Prevention
Call Center

The VPCL will lead a team that provides high-touch services in support of holistic student success, retention, and graduation. In partnership with the provost and colleagues in Student Success, they will lead the development of support resources and co-curricular engagement opportunities that enable all students to thrive and have a strong sense of belonging and inclusion within the Arcadia community.

The VPCL will collaborate and work collectively with a variety of university leaders to build a more cohesive campus culture that supports residential, commuter, undergraduate, graduate, and lifelong learners.

The VPCL must be an innovative thought leader who will work collaboratively to foster a vibrant and supportive student experience for every member of the university community and as well as uphold inclusion and equity as central components to the success of individual students and the University community.

Key priorities for the new VPCL include:

• Champion and further Arcadia's deep commitment to diversity, and inclusion and anti-Black racism initiatives. The Vice President will play a pivotal role in advancing and promoting these shared institutional values and provide direct vision and leadership for this work within the student community, and in partnership with colleagues across the institution for advancing these ideals throughout the institution. They will work toward the goal that Arcadia's richly diverse community is free from barriers that disproportionately hinder the achievement and belonging of historically and currently underserved students.
• Foster community and belonging across different campus populations: The VP will provide leadership and vision for strengthening and reenvisioning the residential experience for students with the reinstatement of the two-year housing requirement for first-time freshmen. The VPCL will be instrumental in helping to build community within the residence halls while simultaneously fully engaging commuter students in the vibrant life of the Arcadia community. Recognizing and celebrating the unique needs of graduate students and undergraduate students, the VP will help to shape the support, resources, and community engagement, co-curricular, and leadership opportunities for students at all levels regardless of residential status.
• Increase capacity for student wellness: A key objective of Arcadia 2025 is the development of a practice that informs, facilitates, and improves the well-being of students. Through leadership of health and counseling services, together with a strategic lens on wellbeing, the VPCL will oversee the delivery of services and implementation of policies that promote mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional health, and resilience, and well-being.
• Collaborate with campus partners to foster student success: Arcadia has an ethic of care of the community. The senior leadership team functions in close collaboration with one another, and faculty are highly engaged in student support. A newly formed Board Committee focused on student success and educational quality provides the VPCL with additional partners on the trustee level. The VPCL will have the opportunity to build deep and meaningful relationships with faculty partners throughout the institution, and to work collaboratively in support of student academic success, retention, and belonging.
• Recruit, retain and mentor a productive and talented team: The Division of Campus Life comprises of a team of professionals who are fully committed to engaging, developing, and supporting the student community. This important and challenging work has been further complicated by the pressures associated with Covid-19, and as is true for most campuses, student affairs/campus life staff carried a heavy additional burden of work during this time. Further, in addition to extraordinary talent and success, today's college students bring increasingly complex personal histories and have come of age in challenging times, requiring student affairs staff to navigate increasingly challenging student needs. The next Vice President must bring exemplary supervision and support skills and a track record of building and supporting teams. The Vice President will have the opportunity to build upon the expertise of the existing staff and grow expertise in newer staff, while focusing on staff support and morale through collaborative and transparent leadership.

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Amy Sugin, Holly Bowers, and Laurie Casteen of Koya Partners/DSG have been exclusively retained for this search. To express interest in this role please submit your materials here: All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

Koya Partners is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals living with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual living with a disability and need assistance expressing interest online, please email If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process

At Arcadia University, our JEDI principles of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion are the foundation of our highly-regarded, values-based learning community, which reflects the world in which we want to live. As such, Arcadia actively seeks and welcomes candidates of diverse backgrounds and abilities. Arcadia prohibits discrimination against individuals on the basis of ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, race, color, religion, creed, sex, gender, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, age, gender identity, military or military veteran status, disability, family medical or genetic information, or any other legally protected characteristic. All offers of employment are conditional based on the successful completion of a background check. Employment may not begin until the University accepts the results of the background check.