The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh seeks a collaborative leader; an innovative, flexible and experienced community builder; and a champion for issues of belonging and equity to serve as the next vice chancellor for student affairs. Cross-cultural competencies, strong emotional intelligence and the ability to engage and build relationships with university constituents and underrepresented communities will be of the utmost importance.
UW Oshkosh is the largest of 11 comprehensive universities in a public higher education system that also includes two doctoral institutions, and a statewide Extension. The University was founded in 1871 and provides educational programs and services to the scenic Fox River Valley region of central northeast Wisconsin. In 2018, UW Oshkosh joined with the two-year campuses of UWO-Fond du Lac and UWO-Fox Cities as a result of a UW System-wide merger and is now a thriving, three-campus university. The 163-acres of the three campuses is strategically located in a thriving economic and cultural corridor with a combined population in excess of 750,000. This urban corridor consists of a cluster of dynamic, growing, mid-sized communities that stretch from Milwaukee to Green Bay.
The Division of Student Affairs at UW Oshkosh provides an integrated experience through student-centered programs, facilities and services that promote educational, professional, and personal development. The division promotes an inclusive community, which creates lifelong learners who contribute to a global society.
In coordination with a talented and dedicated faculty and staff, the next University of Wisconsin Oshkosh vice chancellor of student affairs will be a collaborative leader who can successfully address the opportunities and challenges facing the Division of Student Affairs and the university. The successful candidate will advance the university’s vision and strategic directions in a way that energizes the Division of Student Affairs toward those goals and motivates each individual within the division to reach their full potential. UW Oshkosh seeks an individual who values the educational experience offered by a public comprehensive regional university. In a time of renewed energy and optimism, this is an opportunity to become a critical part of an inclusive shared governance community.
The vice chancellor, in close partnership with the chancellor, will guide and enhance a holistic and inclusive student experience from pre-enrollment through graduation. They will advance and further integrate current recruitment, retention and student success efforts in alignment with UW Oshkosh's strategic direction; cultivate a welcoming and inclusive student community; collaborate with students and campus stakeholders to advance the integrated student experience; lead their staff team; and engage faculty and academic affairs to advance student success.
The successful candidate will be a courageous, sociable, communicative, and engaging leader known for their fairmindedness, consistency, resourcefulness and creativity in developing and presenting sound and well thought out ideas. They will have a personal and professional commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion; a successful track record in maximizing student involvement to enhance the quality of student learning; large scale fiscal management experience; strong experience in managing talented teams; and possess deep knowledge about best practices in student affairs. A master's degree is required; doctorate is preferred.
All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile.
WittKieffer is assisting the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in this search. For fullest consideration, application materials should be submitted by September 27, 2021 using WittKieffer’s candidate portal.
Nominations and inquiries can be directed to: Jen Meyers Pickard, Ph.D. and Lauren Bruce-Stets at UWO-VCSA@wittkieffer.com.
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is committed to recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students, and is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. It is our policy to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment.