University of South Carolina — Associate Vice President for Student Health and Well-Being

From the Upstate to the Lowcountry, the University of South Carolina (USC) system is transforming the lives of South Carolinians through the impact of its eight institutions and 20 locations throughout the state. More than 50,000 students are enrolled at one of eight institutions, including the flagship research campus in Columbia and comprehensive four-year universities in Aiken, Upstate, and Beaufort. In addition, the Palmetto College campuses in Salkehatchie, Union, Lancaster, and Sumter enable students to earn associate or bachelor’s degrees through a combination of in-person, online, or blended learning. All of the system institutions place a strong emphasis on service — helping to build healthier, more educated communities in South Carolina and beyond. Founded in 1801 and offering over 300 academic degree programs that can be tailored to a student’s plans or interests, the University of South Carolina has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as the nation’s leader in first-year experience for students among public universities, the #1 international business major for 23 straight years, and the top online nursing program in the U.S. 

The Division of Student Affairs and Academic Support offers students a superior college experience, the support they need to earn a USC degree, and a springboard to a lifetime of meaningful leadership, service, employment, and learning. The division offers numerous programs and resources to advance academic support and student success, campus life, health and well-being, and the residential experience. 

Reporting to the Vice President for Student Affairs and Academic Support and serving as part of the divisional leadership team, the Associate Vice President for Student Health and Well-Being (AVP) provides visionary, strategic, and operational leadership for developing a holistic, multidisciplinary approach to student health and well-being to 36,000+ students on the Columbia campus. The AVP manages and guides the three units that comprise Student Health and Well-Being—the Student Health Center, Campus Recreation, and Substance Abuse Prevention and Education (SAPE)—ensuring that these units work cohesively to set the standard for the mental and physical health and wellness of USC students and advance the mission of holistic student health and well-being across the University. The AVP plans, implements, and leads a comprehensive primary healthcare program, including clinical, mental health, ancillary, prevention, wellness, and advocacy services for the student body and the greater USC community; directs the development and implementation of short- and long-range strategic plans; advances and promotes research and policies that support environmental changes to enhance the health and well-being of the campus; administers accreditation and compliance protocols with local, state, and federal guidelines, laws, and standards; and oversees special programs such as the University Sponsored Student Health Insurance Program, the University Proof of Health Insurance Program, and the Immunization Program. The successful candidate will demonstrate an understanding of the intersection between diversity, equity, and inclusion and health and wellness outcomes, as well as how mental and physical well-being differs among diverse student populations. 

The AVP manages and supervises a high-caliber team of 200 professionals, including seven direct reports, creates an inclusive environment that fosters high performance and accountability, and effectively administers and provides fiscal oversight for a comprehensive budget of over $20 million. 

The successful candidate will possess an MD, DO, or a terminal degree in healthcare administration, public health, business administration, or related field of study and progressively responsible experience in the administration of a comprehensive college or university health services operation or other healthcare entity. For clinicians or physicians, the appropriate license and board certification for practice in South Carolina are required as a condition of employment. Other requirements include detailed knowledge and experience in public health preparedness, healthcare administration, and resource management, including budgeting, procurement, and human resources management, as well as considerable knowledge of laws, rules, and regulations governing patient care, HIPAA, patient information, operation of healthcare facilities, and accreditation. Preferred qualifications include experience as an executive director of a campus-based health center or experience working in an extensive complex medical practice within the medical home model; for clinicians or physicians, a master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA, MHA, MPH, etc.) is highly preferred. Administrative experience in a complex organizational setting with multispecialty clinics; supervisory and administrative experience with excellent communication skills; strong budget management experience; a demonstrated history of strategic management; knowledge concerning health and wellness education and promotion, epidemiology, and preventative medicine activities; health insurance program administration; and experience in healthcare contingencies and disaster planning and operation are highly desirable. 

Review of applications will begin February 24, 2023, and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to J. Scott Derrick at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895 or email 

Public Salary Range: $190,000-$200,000 

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Diversity Statement: At the University of South Carolina, we strive to cultivate an inclusive environment that is open, welcoming, and supportive of individuals of all backgrounds. We recognize diversity in our workforce is essential to providing academic excellence and critical to our sustainability. The University is committed to eliminating barriers created by institutional discrimination through accountability and continuous process improvement. We celebrate the diverse voices, perspectives, and experiences of our employees.