Lehigh University Vice Provost for Student Affairs in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania


Lehigh University invites nominations and applications for the position of Vice Provost for Student Affairs (VPSA). The VPSA will serve as the chief student affairs officer of the University, providing leadership in establishing and sustaining an out-of-classroom campus environment that fosters student learning, inclusion and promotes student success. The new VPSA will join Lehigh at a time of tremendous momentum and opportunity, strengthening the integration of student intellectual, social, and residential life activities with the academic programs and mission of the University.


In the coming decade, under the leadership of President John Simon, Lehigh’s goal is to be a premier residential research university, internationally recognized for research excellence and a distinctive student experience. Lehigh is well positioned to provide a unique higher education experience by combining a research university with a student-centered residential college. It is distinctive in having both a campus setting and core strengths similar to a liberal arts college, as well as strong programs in business, engineering, sciences, and education. The University ranks highly nationally, and competes vigorously, with the most academically distinguished universities for innovative programming, path-breaking scholarship, and excellent students, faculty and staff. With a student body becoming more diverse and increasingly international, Lehigh seeks an innovative and transformative leader to help craft and shape a vision for student affairs at the University.

As the head of the student affairs division, the VPSA reports directly to the Provost and serves as a key member of the President’s senior leadership group and trusted partner to the Board of Trustees Subcommittee on Student Affairs. The VPSA is responsible for providing leadership, direction, and advocacy for a comprehensive array of services, programs, and activities designed to support students in achieving their academic and personal potential. S/he will oversee Counseling and Psychological Services, the Health and Wellness Center, Military Science and Leadership, the Dean of Students Office, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Pride Center, the Women’s Center, and the Health Advancement and Prevention Strategies Office. The VPSA oversees a budget of approximately $7 million and leads a team of approximately 100 staff.


The successful candidate will be an accessible student-centered leader, a collaborative manager, and have a proven track record for creating a climate of openness and mutual respect; a strong commitment to community building; an ability to forge cross-campus partnerships; deep organizational, planning, and public speaking skills; and an understanding of the interdependence of both academic and non-academic aspects of student education.

Special Considerations:

Please direct all inquiries, expressions of interest, and nominations in confidence electronically to:

Sean Farrell or Jon Miller at Isaacson, Miller:*www.imsearch.com/5945*.

Position Number: S87010

Title: Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Department: VP Student Affairs

Category: Professional/Managerial

Job Family: Student Life

Website: http://studentaffairs.lehigh.edu/

Posting Date: 10/11/2016

FTE: 100%

Grade and Hiring Minimum: 15-40 Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. Salary adjustments for internal candidates comply with University policy. For more information contact Human Resources.