Syracuse University — Vice President, Student Transition, Access and Inclusion

Syracuse University seeks an experienced and innovative thought partner to share in enhancing the student experience and build upon the division’s commitment to inclusive excellence and student access, belonging and engagement in the role of the Vice President, Student Transition, Access and Inclusion (VP STAI). 

Syracuse University was founded in 1870 as a private, coeducational institution offering programs in the physical sciences and modern languages. By 1934, the university’s academic divisions had grown to comprise 13 schools and colleges that flourish to the present day. Syracuse aspires to be a pre-eminent and inclusive student-focused research university, preparing engaged citizens, scholars and leaders for participation in a changing global society through a clearly articulated vision and mission. The university has nationally recognized programs in information studies and library science, architecture, communications, business administration, sports management, public administration, engineering, humanities and the natural and social sciences. The university is also home to the nationally recognized Institute for Veterans and Military Families.

Syracuse is a university of national stature and international opportunity, known for its professional programs, investment in research and innovation, and undeniable school spirit. Ranked #58 among National Universities by U.S. News & World Report, Syracuse University was named, in 2021, a top producer of Fulbright Scholars. Over 21,000 students are enrolled in nationally ranked undergraduate, graduate and professional programs, and the university has approximately 1,700 full- and part-time tenured or tenure-track and non-tenure-track faculty. Additional information about Syracuse University may be found at www.syracuse.edu.

Reporting directly to the senior vice president (SVP) and chief student experience officer, Allen Groves, and serving as a member of the Executive Leadership for the Student Experience, the next VP STAI will assist the SVP in overseeing a $60 million division portfolio and supporting 498 full-time staff within the a suite of units that aim to welcome and acclimate students to campus and enhance sense of belonging. Units reporting to the VP STAI include the Intercultural Collective (Multicultural Affairs, Native Student Program, Disability Cultural Center, LGBTQ+ Resource Center), Center for International Services, and New Student Programs. As the division’s thought leader on DEIA best practices, the position will serve as a strategic and operational partner to the vice president for diversity and inclusion and other DEIA related campus committees or workgroups as well as collaborating directly with other university partners to advance student inclusion and success. 

The next VP STAI will be an experienced, collaborative and nimble leader who builds trust and forms strong partnerships to advance student-centered initiatives that enhance the student experience and support student learning and development. The VP STAI will excel at building partnerships in a decentralized institutional environment and demonstrate a deep understanding of the complexities and challenges in the daily lives of students as well as understanding current issues and best practices in diversity, equity, inclusion and access. The successful candidate will have a terminal degree plus five years of progressively responsible and relevant experience or a Master’s degree plus ten years of progressively responsible and relevant experience.

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. Professional references are not requested at this time. Application review has begun and will continue until an appointment is made. Expeditious application is encouraged. 

Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal. Nominations and inquiries can be directed to Jen Meyers Pickard, Ph.D.; Meredith Davis, Ph.D.; and Darrien Davenport, Ed.D., at SyracuseVPSTAI@wittkieffer.com.

Syracuse University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.

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