University of Mary Washington — Vice President for Administration and Finance

University of Mary Washington
Vice President for Administration and Finance

University of Mary Washington (UMW) President Troy Paino invites nominations and applications for the University’s next Vice President for Administration and Finance (VPAF). The new Vice President will join UMW at a time of significant forward momentum powered by a focused and strategic vision to further the University’s teaching and student success mission.

In addition to being an accomplished professional who will provide overall administrative and financial management to the University, the VPAF will help to push UMW forward with strategic investments to meet the University’s ambitious initiatives. The VPAF will have a good sense of humor, taking the work but not oneself seriously, recognizing that accomplishing great things is a team effort. An understanding of the complexity of Virginia’s higher education ecosystem, or the ability to learn quickly to form relationships in Richmond, the state’s capital, will be essential.

The next VPAF will be inspired by the belief that ongoing strategic investment to continue the furtherance of these four goals will pay dividends whereby “UMW will continue to be a force for positive social change aimed at producing citizens ready, willing, and able to address the greatest challenges facing our democracy and world. UMW, taking advantage of its unique resources due to its strategic location, will immerse an increasingly diverse student body in a liberal arts and sciences education that is outward-looking and intentionally designed to serve as a tributary to the world it is here to serve.”

Leadership Attributes

• Strategic, transparent, and ethical
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively with faculty through respectful shared governance processes
• Calm, kind, and good-humored
• Team player, especially with Cabinet colleagues
• A strong advocate for staff

Required Qualifications

• Master’s Degree in management, administration, business, finance, or related area;
• Eight years of progressively responsible experience in administrative and fiscal leadership;
• Demonstrated ability to successfully execute large complex operations and projects.

For more information about the institution, position, leadership agenda, qualifications, and application process, please review the search prospectus, available for download, on the Academic Search website:

The University of Mary Washington is being assisted in this search by Academic Search. Nominations, applications, and inquiries may be sent in complete confidence to Initial screening of applications will begin immediately. The position is open until filled, and applications received by Noon on Thursday, October 7, 2022, can be assured of best consideration.

Applications must include a cover letter that addresses the expectations discussed in the leadership agenda above; a curriculum vitae; and a list of at least five professional references with contact information, including telephone and email, and a note indicating the candidate’s working relationship with each. References will not be contacted without the explicit permission of the candidate.

Nominators and prospective candidates also may arrange a confidential conversation about this opportunity with Nancy Suttenfield, Senior Consultant, at, or Rich Cummins, Senior Consultant, at

At the University of Mary Washington, the principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action are practiced. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, parental status (including pregnancy), national origin, age, disability, family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service, or other non-merit based factors in recruiting, admitting, enrolling students or hiring and promoting faculty and staff members. Complaints of discrimination should be directed to theAA/EEO officerof the University.